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Publisher's Summary

Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family - along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case - is stunned by her mysterious return.

The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers - extraterrestrial nomads - voyaging through space.

Despite her family's effort to keep Stella's incredible tale secret, the story becomes a national sensation. Most people want to discount her story, saying it's the result of trauma; only Detective Cheever seems to want the same thing Stella does: the truth.

The enigmatic Stella finds herself in the eye of the storm while vying forces - some visible and some not - swirl around her. Is it her tale that is incredible, or is it Stella? As new questions surrounding the girl gain terrifying urgency, Cheever learns that there is nothing - and no one - he can trust.

©2017 Alan Russell (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A Weak Offering

Even Luke Daniels' amazing narration can't save the poorly plotted, largely aimless mess that is this novel. There are so many generic and forgettable characters in this story that are more archetypes or cliches than actually realized entities.

This book feels entirely too much like a stream of consciousness offering where the author had an idea but no real methodology for getting from points A to B to C within the narrative. I tend to be pretty liberal with my five star ratings but this one missed the mark by a mile.

72 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-15-17

You will either love or loathe this novel!

There really is little risk of anything other than a strong reaction. Audible classifies The Homecoming as a psychological thriller. It really is not a thriller at all, and the mystery is tied up with the science fiction in the book. I prefer to see it as contemporary teen/YA sci-fi. That it is science fiction is really beyond doubt. In any case, listeners who strongly prefer mystery/thriller novels including psychological thrillers are very unlikely to like The Homecoming.

The Homecoming grabbed me from the first chapter and never let go. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration, but there is a section near the end of this novel that would have benefited from a female co-narrator with a teen voice; Katherine Kellgren or Orlagh Cassidy with their voice range and capability with accents would be ideal.

I recommend The Homecoming ONLY for those who like contemporary sci-fi of the teen/YA type. Lovers of psychological thrillers likely should look elsewhere.

144 of 155 people found this review helpful

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Anticlimactic ending

The storyline was engaging. However the plot unraveled toward the end and left me feeling dissatisfied with the conclusion.

53 of 62 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy the mystery

Truly enjoyed this book. The narrator I'm coming to love his voice in several books I've listened to. But the story was truly worth the listen/read. I'm a believer and know that there is the mystery of our universe we cannot comprehend. Good job Mr. Russell.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Fast Paced Thrill

What did you love best about The Homecoming?

I have read several of Mr. Russell's books and this one is right in line with the rest of his works. The characters are built very well and the story does not lag at any point. This would be a good starting point for readers who are unfamiliar with his other novels.

What did you like best about this story?

There are several twists that kept me engaged. My predictions were way off base and I could not put the book down.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Solid reader for the most part.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • MaryAnn
  • Idaho Falls, ID, United States
  • 12-23-17

Not that interesting

I struggled to finish this book and wanted to like it but just couldn't get warmed up to either the plot or the characters.

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Predictable

What started as a compelling plot turned into a predictable story. I was disappointed by the portrayal of the characters abilities. Overall felt like my time was wasted. I skipped partway through just to see if the plot changed.. it didn’t.

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This Book.....Wonderful

Didn't think I would, but I loved it!! Great book and great narration!
Read This!

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story

What an intriguing story with wonderful characters and a story that makes you think and yet is inspiring and scary and happy and sad. The full gambit of things. I really enjoyed this novel and recommend it to anyone!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Russell hits another homerun with The Homecoming

A compelling and thought-provoking read. This author never disappoints! You will want to listen straight through.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Vanessa
  • 10-28-17

A Captivating Story.

One of the best books I have listened to so far this year! A very unpredictable storyline that captivates from the first chapter.
As usual, excellently narrated by Luke Daniels - one of my favourites from the US.
A story suitable for old grannies (like me) to teenagers.