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Unidentified

Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Four teenagers awaken in a scorched cornfield with no memory of how they got there. All they know is that there were five of them when they found the carcass of the mutilated cow.  

Forty years later, Eric Devlin sends a cryptic email to the other three survivors: I remember everything.  

Karl Doering has spent the majority of his life trying to understand what happened that night and learn the fate of his missing friend. He responds to the mysterious message and finds that Eric has killed himself in a decrepit barn, behind which is a cornfield filled with mutilated cattle.  

When a local girl goes missing, Karl realizes he and the other two survivors are her only hope. To find her, they must confront repressed memories so traumatic they'd driven Eric to take his own life...and creatures straight out of their worst nightmares.

©2017 Michael McBride (P)2018 Tantor

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A solid read for sci-fi nerds

A worthy read, if you're a sci-fi nerd who appreciates a bit of ripped-from-the-headlines reality inspiring your stories.

It strikes him that the memories he recalls belong to a boy who has been gone for such a long time, he no longer feels real.

Jumping from teen years to middle age, we follow a group of kids (now grandparents) who experience something so horrifying it defines their lives, even if they try to forget what happened.

You'll be glad to know Unidentified accomplishes in 193 pages what Summer of Night danced around for a whopping 634. Something evil is stalking a rural town, and things get insane while people try to deal with it, or tragically decide not to.

The ending was shockingly abrupt, but the epilogue gives you a bit to chew on so you don't leave hungry. And the nice little dessert in the author's notes satisfies the nerd in you who simply has to go check his research, and see if it all really adds up.

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Great First Contact book

Unidentified by Michael McBride and narrated by the great How Hempel is a terrific and terrifying short story about friends that met the unknown when they were young. This event brought about this story, the second meeting! Wow! Very unique!
Wonderful narration that kept the tension tight! Great job as usual!!!