Regular price: $34.94

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
  • Get access to the Member Daily Deal
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work.  

Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing.... 

Not Alone: Second Contact is the long-awaited sequel to Not Alone, an Audible "Best of 2016" finalist.

©2018 Craig A. Falconer (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    541
  • 4 Stars
    213
  • 3 Stars
    67
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    11

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    574
  • 4 Stars
    169
  • 3 Stars
    36
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    7

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    488
  • 4 Stars
    192
  • 3 Stars
    82
  • 2 Stars
    21
  • 1 Stars
    11
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great follow up

Good follow up and continuation of the story. But...... the book would be half its length if the author didn’t seemingly repeat everything and go on and on about the same stuff.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Another LONG Tale

It was good to hear from the characters we met in Not Alone: One.
(Dan, Clark, Emma, and all the politicians and journalists.)
Second Contact is more direct than the first. I recommend listening to the first book before trying this one, as so much in Second Contact will be familiar. You will already know so much about the characters, and this is the fun element of the book. You'll also understand the politics and deceptions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

this enjoyable read cannot disappoint anyone!

not exactly sci-fi, not wholly a love story, political elements without being political, enough twists to be unpredictable...simply good stuff and a great read!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Just epic...

For reference... here's what we said about bk1 (both my husband and I enjoyed the book)...
I was really quite pleased with Craig's tale of international intrigue and aliens, and a not-quite average guy who precipitated the whole mess... I rather enjoyed the narration by J.P.Cronin as well. the only point on which I find fault, is that at around the 3/4 completed point, the story starts to drag a bit... Until the Very Cool revelation at the end! Get it, enjoy it, and thank me later! Lol...

I Loved this book!!! A year has passed, and once again Dan finds himself embroiled in an alien intervention... 
This story throws us back into a tale of intense national, and international  intrigue... keeping me on the edge of my seat!  Unlike the first book, there wasn't any part of Second Contact that dragged on...
James Patrick Cronin proved that he was the right choice for the task of narrating this epic novel!   

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Terrific!

Just as entertaining as Not Alone! Great story & characters. I listened to "Not Alone" a second time prior to begining this book. Seamless continuation...listened straight through. Had trouble getting any sleep because I wanted to keep listening! Will definately look for more by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

definitely worth a read.

I loved the book, it strays from the wrong kinds of cliche's in the right ways, and sticks to some that make much more sense in the story. it's written in such a way that it almost feels real.

if you are a fan of the first, or a fan of sci fi in general. pick this up. and for those of us that want capital D disclosure....maybe it's not so far off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyed both books very much.

Great story that continued to hold my attention and anticipation. I would definitely try another book by this author. There were several long winded passages I felt added nothing to the story and made it unnecessarily longer. The narrator did an o.k. job, but the intonation was odd, especially Emma and Tara's. parts. Overall it's an enjoyable and imaginative story that's worth the credits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing

this series has reignited my love and passion for reading! cant wait to beging paradox

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great follow up story

Its like a pleasing fast food meal. It was tasty and satisfied your hunger. Its not the most cleaver or thoughtfully written stories but it wrapped the story up nicely. There IS a level of over the topness and almost too tidy conflict resolution but its so easy to suspend disbelief that its not hard to push back any feelings of preposterousness.

The social dynamics felt a little predictable but no too ridiculous or anything to feel cheesy or forced. Dan is a nice, unsuspecting guy, sometimes good guys win.

Neat and tidy are my lasting sentiments for this book.

Don't have tons to say about it but l also don't have anything bad to say either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

An excellent follow up

Just as good as the original. I went into book 1 knowing nothing of the story and it was so good that this was an instant buy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • J
  • 07-31-18

A refreshing take and a very enjoyable book.

Thoroughly enjoyed the second book as the first book. It doesn't follow the many cliched sci fi trajectories in terms of plot. It's not a us vs them book, it explores the nature of altruism and empathy. Innate traits that we all have inside, every single one of us. It's a refreshing take on a genre that is saturated with heavily cliched story lines that have been written time immemoral. It does touch on a key point that I believe is true, there are many elements that thrive with conflict as it's a billion dollar industry. Instead of conflict and the inward / isolationistic focus we should be focusing on space exploration. I won't say much beyond that as I do not wish to spoil a good book. There is something that is worth mentioning - the people who whinge and complain how a story should proceed or end - to these people I say go write your own book then you can do whatever you want with your story. Stop trying to appropriate characters created by an author and dictate how a story should go or end. Every. Single. Story. Should always be judged on it's own merits. On that note, if you can keep an open mind and not go batty over the smallest thing in a story then you will enjoy this audiobook as I did. If however you cannot keep an open mind then I suggest you stop listening to audiobooks and reading stories completely. Because the set trajectories will always be out of your control. There more important things to life than stressing over the trajectory of a plot or ending in a book. All emotion is energy, it matters how you channel it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jo
  • 07-31-18

Fantastic

Really enjoyed this sequel. So nice to catch up with theses characters and the story is explained and all loose ends tidied away! Definitely recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • DC
  • 11-04-18

A terrific sequel

I stumbled across first contact by browsing the store and thought it to be a wonderfully refreshing take on the whole alien thing. I am pleased to say that this book was even better, moving events on in a logical manner and expanding / completing the story.

I am not sure if there is anywhere really left to go with this now, but if third contact pops up, I'll certainly be getting it

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rogeraee
  • 11-04-18

Great read loved it.

It was fine and the two book saga was just right any more ans it would become boring. Great read.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-18

really wonder if it is a true happening

is it a true happening?

I believe the Messengers came and we are not alone.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah B
  • 10-13-18

Repetition Hell

I really enjoyed book 1. Book 2 was direly boring. There is a good tale in there but it was completely and utterly smothered by constant repetition.

Honestly, I would have returned it had I not bought it on a BOGOF Audible deal. I got to the last hour before I simply couldn’t take it any more and hoppity skipped my skimming way to the end.

If you enjoyed the first book, keep that warm glowy nostalgia and don’t brave this one - your sanity is at stake.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Drew666
  • 10-09-18

Great science not enough fiction

Although the science and history in the story was very interesting and fun, at times it began to feel almost like a text book. The problem I had was there wasn't enough story. Sometimes it felt like the characters, were there just to join the science together. Their lives and interactions really needed fleshing out to help the reader invest in the tale.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Dynan
  • 10-09-18

Lame trudge

This book should have finished 10 hours before it did. I can't remember listening to another book with so much unnecessary padding. What an absolute trudge. I only bought it because there were so many positive reviews; I naively assumed Falconer had pulled a rabbit out of the hat after book 1 (another unholy trudge). So many needless things happen; so many things are ultra-explained; so many characters have an extraordinary command of English. This book is verbal diarrhoeah and badly needs an editor. And, after all that, the story is lame. If you thought the first book was not worth the effort you'll definitely want to avoid this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-18

Second Contact

It was great to get back with these characters in this book. Just as good as the first without a doubt. A recommended listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. Smith
  • 09-24-18

Loved it

Awesome sequel. Read by the same narrator as the first one James Patrick Cronin, he does an amazing job. I love how the brothers sound the same but different enough to be able to tell them apart. If you enjoyed the first you’re like this one too. There are things that you will not expect to happen. Loved the book. Some chapters are a little too shot to have on a timer just before bed. But that was no reason for me to not enjoy the book.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-18

good story twists, but repetitive

Good story twists, but repetitive. Deep and believable characters. An overall enjoyable audio book experience.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 08-05-18

Drawn out and slow paced

Just like the previous book in the series, this novel is twice as long as it should be. it also goes on after the story ends by about 10 chapters. it is okay but great sections of it are labored.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful