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Boy Gone

Boy Gone, Book 1
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Mere minutes after arriving at their Nantucket family beach home, nine-year-old Scotty Sullivan was out the back door, scrambling toward the shore with Larry, the family dog, fast on his heels. Late in the afternoon in mid-spring, the typical summer beach crowd visitors were still weeks away. 

Suddenly, Scotty became aware of an odd-looking object, hovering just above the crashing surf. In an age of hobbyist’s drones and all sorts of flying gadgets, he wasn’t overly concerned until the large flying object moved much, much, closer. 

A storm was brewing and dark clouds blanketed the sky. Nervously, Scotty turned and tried to spot his house - somewhere off behind the dunes - but it would be 16 years before he’d see it again.

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  • Merv
  • Antelope, CA, United States
  • 11-13-18

Great viewpoint of first contact with our galactic neighbors

I love how Mark weaves a story about how our first contact with our galactic neighbors might turn out. How some of the government’s bureaucrats and politicians might want to elevate their careers over the good of humanity. It’s a real life political drama told in this wonderful fictional story. All political parties do this.
Only fault I can find in the story is the ending. I hope how the story ended is a cliffhanger for the next book in this story. If this is reason for the ending, then I can’t wait for the next book.

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Very enjoyable

I look forward to listening to more of the story. It’s been a while since I have enjoyed an audio book as much as this one.

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 01-14-19

Interesting concept of first contact

The only thing that kept coming up that irked me was the continued liberal political spin he put on things. Fox news was for idiots and serious news was CNN. Space Force was a stupid name from a previous President, etc etc. Why must they inject political bias into a science fiction book?

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Good story, awful characterization

Many of the characters were unbelievable, unrealistic and incredibly stupid. The main character is an unbelievably perfect person. The politicians, police and other general characters were unbelievable also. It was very hard not to turn the audio off when characters were doing things so stupid, it was just ridiculous. The story could have been great with a little realism pored into the characters.

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Holy Molly

very interesting. What a great imagination the author has. now have to get next book on series because I really want to know what happens next. Love Scottie, so humble.

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refreshingly classic tale

Modern twist to the aileins are here to help story. Moves quickly and keeps you pleasently entertained. Looking forward to the series.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Austin Texas, United States
  • 01-29-19

Off-Beat Sci-Fi Worth The Listen

First off, book ends abruptly, but that should be no surprise as this is Book 1. And since it is but a few months old, we can I am sure expect more into the near future. Other than that I would say that the author as devised a very different alien narrative than what I have encountered before. Not the most cleaver or savvy. Off-beat is about right in this case. I look forward to more.

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Yuck.

I really to check on this sort of stuff before getting these books. Granted. I will admit that the first part of this book was decent and was developing as a story could. Then we slid into the period with the kids growing up on the other planet. That was tedious at best. I wanted this thing to be over with when we came back to the present day Earth. The plot seemed to grow ignorant of reality and more like a caricature of reality. Like a really bad movie written by some one who did no real research.

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I love/Hate this book

INEXCUSABLE to write such a great book and then stop it right in the middle of a thought!!! Doesn't have Book 2 ready for us to buy. I give the book the best I can, but the author's judgement a zero

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  • Mrs. C. Faulkner
  • 11-12-18

Excellent and unusual story

Can’t wait for the next book. Best thing I have read since the Bobiverse series