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Aliens exist, the government knows, and Dan McCarthy just found the proof. When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places. For his whole life, Dan McCarthy has searched for a reason to believe. Now that he finally has one, he might soon wish he didn't.... Not Alone is a stand-alone tale of contact and disclosure for the 21st century.

©2015 Craig A. Falconer (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Gary
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 09-14-16

Sci fi nerds will be rewarded

I really like Dan (the main protagonist). He works in a bookstore, loves sci fi, reads a lot, and always does what he thinks is the right thing. A kind of person any sci fi enthusiast could admire. But, he's a regular guy and doesn't really know how to move about in the real world (unfortunately, the kind of person many sci fi enthusiast are also like!) and needs his brother and a PR specialist who see him for the special person he really is. All sci fi nerds who believe "the truth is out there" are going to identify with the main character and will see that there is a reward that await them for worshiping at the shrine of sci fi and science.

I listened to this one with my wife (much more entertaining then watching politics, sports or most TV shows for the both of us). A good story such as this one illustrates perfectly how the number of facts that which we become aware of there will always be more than one set of theories that can adequately explain the data. Absolute certainty is always fallible in the hands of a master story teller and with a narrator who makes the story come alive with images that seem more real than TV, I can fully recommend this audible book.

(I'm straying close to a spoiler, but within the story, the author is very explicit that there awaits a reward for the sci fi nerd. I'm being cryptic, but for those who read the story that is made explicit and that was a take away for me from the story).

84 of 91 people found this review helpful

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  • Russell
  • Keswick, ON, Canada
  • 12-21-16

Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

There is an important lesson from this book. If you ever discover evidence of a government coverup about the existence of aliens - the first thing you will do is get a good public relations agent. Who knew Sci Fi could be linked so closely to the recent phenomenon of how we get our news and how ideas are marketed to influence public opinion.

There are a couple of major twists in this epic story and I would be careful of reading too many reviews in case one of them spoils it for you. For those that remember the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest, it would be like being told the Indian talks. When he asked for chewing gum near the end of the movie, instead of being awestruck you would just be saying - so that is when it happens.

This is intelligently done, the characters are multi dimensional, and there are no holes in the story. The author did a great job of presenting opposite points of views as people reacted to the possibility of aliens. I was also impressed by the narrator.

I have been lucky to read two phenomenal Science Fiction books, back to back. Sometimes you are lucky if two out of the last ten were merely good. I just passed the previous one on to my daughter and she texted me that she is loving it. i can't wait to tell her about this one.If you are looking for an inspiring read over the holidays, get this book.

71 of 78 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • Goodyear, AZ, United States
  • 03-07-17

Excellent story and narration

What a great experience. I was repeatedly (and pleasantly) surprised by the twists and turns in this story. In my experience with Audible, a narrator's performance is just as important as the author's story. This narrator's performance was excellent and made this great story even better. I highly recommend this audio book.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Great storytelling

Craig Falconer proves that he can hit the trifecta - develop his characters, write with wonderful detail without overdoing it, and to be so creative that the reader is happily surprised at his twists and turns.
I got into science fiction novels about a year and a half ago. In that time I've read or listened to about 200 novels. I'm not trying to be a braggart, rather, but want a reader of this review to understand the context when I say that this is in my 'top 10' in this genre.
I hope I'm not steering you wrong, but I sincerely enjoyed this audiobook.

71 of 82 people found this review helpful

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Really interesting premise.

Overall, it was interesting, but I feel like it dragged on in the middle with no apparent destination. The action certainly started to heat up again at the end and the twisting and turning helped pull me back in to a story I was last ready to abandon. I have two other pieces of criticism. It was a little tough to swallow the seemingly powerless and incompetent portrayal of world leaders. Making them appear barely competent at best and simply ruthless caricatures of greed and avarice at worst. Also, I wish there was a bit more of a conflict with regards to the main characters. The audio performance was well done.

47 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Science fiction with no science nor fiction

Not for hard science fans. There is very little dependence or elaboration on scientific facts, logic, and philosophy. Plot moves slowly and writing style more or less meandering chit chat. The author goes frequently into unnecessary details (via dialog or thoughts) on purely random things like hair straightening or media town. Had to return this.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 12-11-16

Silly Unbelievable Amateurish

I did finish this book, but it was difficult.
Firstly this is not Science Fiction...I guess this is political/conspiracy fiction?
The story is mostly just silly. Silly plot, silly characters (lacking depth and humanity), silly psychology (the people don't behave like humans actually do), silly politics (politicians are one dimensional caricatures), silly media, silly science, silly twists, and a really, really, silly ending.

The prose were poor, using a lot of techniques I dislike.
It was cliche ridden ("above my pay grade" was used WAY too many times) and when a cliche was not used, the imagery was strangely off. Oddly of the few places where intense imagery appears when the author is very clear and detailed when describing vomit. For a story about hiding the truth, the book used a "dramatic" technique that generally bugs me; when something happens and the characters clearly know what happened, and the usually omniscient narrator clearly knows what happened, yet the author waits a chapter to tell the reader what it was that happened.

It felt to me a lot like this was written by a very inexperienced young person.

The narration is quite acceptable, but does not add much to the poor writing. It was slightly humorous that the narrator always read out S.E.T.I as letters (since the author had made a point of 4 letter abbreviations always being pronounced as a word as in NATO, NASA, FEMA (and SETI))!

38 of 46 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • La Crosse, WI, USA
  • 09-14-16

Lots of fun

I bought this to listen to on a long road trip, and I'm so glad I did! The story was unique and entertaining enough to make a solo 10 hour drive feel a little shorter. It was so refreshing to find characters I actually liked in a good story! Maybe I'm too cynical, but I kept waiting for the characters' pessimism to kick in, and I'm happy to say I never found it. The author quite handily creates characters who approach the world with candor and integrity, without making them saccharine or sanctimonious. They actually struck me as people I would like to know.

All in all, even after nearly 24 hours of listening, I was a little sad for this story to end.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • thomas
  • charlotte, NC, United States
  • 01-27-17

A Different Kind of Sci Fi Book

Would you listen to Not Alone again? Why?

I rarely listen to books a second time, but that does not diminish this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Alone?

Hard to say. This book is driven by its characters. They are interesting, engaging and either likeable or unlikable. I think the best fiction is when you are invested in the characters. Not Alone is built on your kinship with the characters, it makes you want to know what comes next and how everything will turn out.

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

At first I thought he was deadpan and laconic. But as the story developed his low key approach was a great offset to a story that was essentially about hype. Well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several but I wouldnt want to give it away to someone who may not have read it yet. There are many scenes where the characters get into situations where you honestly are rooting for them, you want things to work out. The author does a good job of having enough twists and turns where this does not become cliche. A well written novel.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I love Sci Fi adn all its sub-genres. The sub genres I enjoy are military (BV Larson), Epic Sci Fi (Simmons, etc.), classic (Heinlein, Clarke) and space opera (Reynolds, Hamilton, etc.). This book fit into none of those genres. Instead it is a story driven by how alien contact would be consumed and reacted to by the hype machine of consumer news. Interesting premise that will resonate if you watch news regularly or are self aware that there is some level of manipulation going on in its delivery. I found this book non-political. Some readers hoping for gadgets or violence will not find it in this boo. This is a fast paced, character driven story that is at times a thriller, a caper, and a hint of X files for the Internet Age. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Not what you are expecting

I went in thinking this would be a book about interactions with aliens, but it is really a story of human interaction and subterfuge. Throughout the whole story there is an ere of mystery and suspense. This is an absolute must read, especially in our current political climate.

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  • Gemma
  • 03-22-17

LOVED this!!

I absolutely loved this book! The story had me hooked the whole way through, I couldn't stop listening (much to my partner's annoyance). It's a long book, but I didn't want it to end.

Only one criticism is that the narrator couldn't do accents AT ALL, it was almost comical!

Bottom line: I love good sci-fi and long audiobooks, and this ticked the boxes!

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyle Overton
  • 03-28-17

Quite good

This book focused too much on the politics for me but otherwise very enjoyable and very well read.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Bad Monkey
  • 04-26-17

A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

Good conspiracy theory thriller. I do wish the narrator knew the difference between a Sheffield and cockney accent though. that was pretty jarring.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • sara
  • 03-16-17

Great but...

Please don't let Americans do bad English impressions, no one in the UK actually sounds like Dick Van Dyke.
Otherwise I really enjoyed this book :)

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  • Mrs.
  • 04-10-17

Good story, so-so performance

Enjoyed the book in general; plenty of twists and turns and interesting characters. For the most part, the performance is fine, but man does he mangle a British accent!

Worth a listen.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • mountpleasure
  • 01-17-17

Great listen

This audio book is first class, if you believe we are not alone. Listening felt like I was there. Very good

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Bev carmody
  • 02-02-17

Could not stop listening.

The book is well written. The plot is good. Plenty of twists. Would not normally listen to a book this long, but well worth every word.
Highly recommend listening.

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  • S. J. ATTWOOD
  • 03-17-17

Good read! Great Sorry. .

Good take on the first contact scenario from the ground level up.
the only slight hiccup was the narrators non American accents... That British accent was awful..

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • P. Dalby
  • 03-20-17

A real page turner

An epic Science fiction novel. My only disappointment was the narrator. I suspect he went to the "Dick Van Dyke" school of British accents.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Potter
  • 02-17-17

Surprisingly fun.

Though some of the narrator's attempts at British accents (especially Yorkshire..hilarious) this is really quite enjoyable. I found myself returning to it frequently, when other denser material didn't suit.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • 06-04-17

A great listen

I must say i really enjoyed this book, the narrator was great and articulated the characters well amd was easy to listen too. I like a good conspiracy and loved how this unfolded. it moved along well and kept me engrossed the whole time. There was a wicked plot twist around 3/4 of the way through that i didn't see coming. Alll in all well worth the money.