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Publisher's Summary

The witnesses are legion, scattered across the world and dotted through history, people who looked up and saw something impossible lighting up the night sky. What those objects were, where they came from, and who - or what - might be inside them is the subject of fierce debate and equally fierce mockery, so that most who glimpsed them came to wish they hadn't.

Most, but not everyone.

Among those who know what they've seen and are forever changed by it are a pilot, an heiress, a journalist, and a prisoner of war. From the waning days of the 20th century's final great war to the fraught fields of Afghanistan to the otherworldly secrets hidden amid Nevada's dusty neverlands - the truth that is out there will propel each of them into a labyrinth of otherworldly technology and the competing aims of those who might seek to prevent - or harness - these beings of unfathomable power. Because, as it turns out, we are not the only ones who can invent and build and destroy.

Featuring actual events and other truths drawn from sources within the military and intelligence community, Tom DeLonge and A. J. Hartley offer a tale at once terrifying, fantastical, and perhaps all too real.

©2016 Tom DeLonge (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Twisted. Explosive. The best thriller of the year!" (Faith Hunter, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 02-07-17

Brings it ALL together.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, highly. Whether they are into the mass of conspiracy theories this book offers or not, it is an interesting listen on it's own merit.

What other book might you compare Chasing Shadows to and why?

Gosh, any book that references Area 51, Roswell, alien technology, and government coverups. This one has it all!

What about Paul Costanzo’s performance did you like?

Consistency, creativity and clarity. Had it all.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Truth is Here!

Any additional comments?

This is a very sharp debut of what looks to be a powerful series. Clearly derivative in some aspects as it deals with material that has been widely covered. That said, this is a unique and fascinating take on this, and I enjoyed it a great deal.
Looking forward to the rest of the series. Recommended!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The reader ☹️

The reader was totally emotionally disconnected from the story. Technically fine, but robotic.

I'm intrigued enough to continue, but will try to find time for the book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Easily the best UFO related fiction I have read

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This is easily the best UFO (UAP) related sci fi I have read, and to think it comes from a punk-rock rockstar. Cleverly mixes UFO lore with an engaging story that often hints at being based on real life events or situations. The only negative is the narrator does not do voices or put accents of the various nationalities of the characters. I recommend for any UFO (UAP) enthusiast, contemporary sci fi lover, or anyone who loved the X-files.

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  • MW
  • Carmel, IN
  • 01-11-17

Very intriguing...Couldn't put it down

Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows does an excellent job of using story-telling to introduce several intriguing concepts about our present day as well as our history that makes it difficult to put down.

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  • Jim
  • EVANSDALE, IOWA, United States
  • 12-10-17

Pretty Lackluster with empty promise.

First off, I'm not sure what this book wants to be. Delonge wants you to believe he has some world changing secrets and is going to disclose these through a series of media releases...Songs, novels, movies, etc.

I can go along with this premise, with it's carrot on the stick promise, mostly out of curiosity. But, I was really hoping for more. If you are familiar at all with the subject of UFOs, you've heard these stories plenty of times. There is no new ground broken. Area 51, Roswell, De Glocke, Barney and Betty Hill, Triangle Ufos, and shadowy Government cover-ups all rear their tired heads. The only novel idea is to weave these together via narrative fiction.

If Delonge has insider information, he hasn't displayed it here. He, does claim in the book's forward that his overall idea is to disseminate this information slowly, through his media conglomerate and with the help of the people who have been part of the shadow government all along. The thought is that he needs to get us, the audience, up to speed and lay the groundwork for the 'big reveal' which will follow.

It is a clever approach, I suppose, but it leads me to wonder the true motives. Is it just going to string us along to the inevitable disappointing nebulous ending? Selling fiction and media, and profiting all the way? Or will this project finally give us some real truth, wherever that leads. The intriguing part of it all, is how Delonge does seem to have real world affiliations with military, scientists, and other such people that certainly wouldn't want to risk their reputations on silly science fiction. Delonge is either really onto something, or just a convincing PR man, with a product to hock.

But, let's put all that aside, and just take the story for what it claims to be, a thrilling Sci-fi novel. To me, it reads like a SyFy movie of the week. That's not necessarily a horrible thing, it was entertaining, just not very deep. The characters are all common cliches. The sassy black gal, the rebellious daughter of a billionaire, the heroic but questioning pilot, the creepy and powerful villain. They trudge through the story, jumping from one character's story arc to the next, taking you inevitably to a predictable finale, where they all converge.

The narrator's performance is adequate, I had no real issues with it, but it didn't stand out as special either.

As a story, it's just a mediocre, run of the mill thriller. There are far better sci fi thrillers out there, and if you are just looking for a good book, look elsewhere. However, because of that tantalizing temptation of disclosure, I am paying attention. I hope it pays off.

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Amazing

This book has brought the magic of storytelling back to me. I almost forgot what a beautiful world can be created with the use of words and your own imagination and looking into someone else's I highly recommend this book for all types of readers!!

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move the hell over star wars!

This is the notion of story telling has the potential to destroy all standing paradigms. It's concept speaks to an audience saturated with decades of lies, damn lies, and BS(belief systems?) disguised as the truth. I need the next iteration of the story YESTERDAY! Can't wait!

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20 chapters, one sitting.

I love the story of Tamika. Very exciting! It's fun following the dynamic of characters.

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Aside from the gratuitous political correctness vomited on the reader at every opportunity...

Man, this could have been a really good book, but I’m so sick of hearing about how horrible I am because of the color of my skin, I don’t need to hear it when I’m reading to escape the nonsense of the day to say world.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 12-31-17

Phony Clifhangers • Skip This One

I wonder why, when a key part of plot and characters are Brits, Audible hired a reader who can't even try a Brit accent? Paul Costanzo should stick to reading non-fiction: maybe cosmology text books? Or the history of dirt?

Of course this book pretends to be non-fiction fiction. Which is reeeeely unfortunate. That claim turns this plot into pretentious prattle. And the writers decided to break the story into tiny chapters, each ending in a Saturday matinee serial-like cliff hanger.

OKAY, it had me listening to the end, wondering where this writing pair were pretending to be going. Shouldn't have done that. There are too many good books to hear. Save your credit rather than buying a book that's just the first part of a novel that promises to go on forever... or more likely till people stop buying the things.

My money's on the latter.

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  • Michael J L Oxley
  • 07-09-18

interesting story. lots of questions

leaves more questions than answers. I would go and see it as a film if they adapt it. Has all the best bits of UFO mythology

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  • rob
  • 05-04-18

I want the next book now!!!

couldn't stop listening, can't wait for the next secret machines book to come to audible!

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  • Togems
  • 09-06-17

Really good...!

Very much enjoyed this book. Good plot with satisfyingly familiar conspiratorial content. Looking forward to the movie!!

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  • GL
  • 05-01-17

A gripping story of conspiracy

This story contains all of the cliche conspiracy theory events but it really nails them terrifically. After all, why change a formula that is so intriguing and makes you want to read on?

The book is well written and the characters and story develop nicely throughout.

Without including spoilers, I would add that I would have rated the book 5 stars had it not gone a little too far overboard on the action/realms of 'realisticness' towards the end.

Would recommend and will definitely read the second instalment.

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  • mr mark auger
  • 04-13-17

just.....no

I struggled to listen to this book. very mono tone and the writing seems very stop start as if written by a robot who can't use abbreviations. Couldn't finish it. really tried but struggled. feel bad as I wanted to believe in this next step for Tom. But Aj Hartley was a bad choice to write

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  • Steven wisniewski
  • 12-21-16

suprisingly brilliant story!

this book took me by surprise, it grafts many tales of ufology together as one cohesive story.

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  • Shane
  • 12-30-16

A must for anyone vaguely interested in UFO folklore

I really enjoyed listening to this and found it difficult to stop for essential things like work or sleep.

The only negative is that the authors seem to labor their descriptions - I don't need to know about every blade of grass or what it is thinking. Please pick the pace up a bit with volume two which I am eagerly awaiting 👍

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  • carl
  • 02-13-18

wow

loved it couldn't stop listening finished in 2 days. Captivating. Can't wait to see what's next.

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  • Beau
  • 12-05-17

Epic book

Brilliantly told and narrated. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about what goes on ‘behind the veil’...

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  • Daniel
  • 01-31-17

Wow

Great work of 'fiction' Tom. 😉. Can't wait for the movie/Doco and the next book.