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Xan

Narrated by: Thomas Fawley
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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When the Williams family pulls into the township of Gainsville, Kansas, to look up an old friend they quickly find themselves imprisoned in a nightmare scenario as US government forces throw a security cordon around the area. Something else has arrived in Gainsville. XAN-Ubara-Q'han, Surveyor-General of the Ninth Swarm has landed....

©2013 Patrick Tilley (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Mr. Cj Smith
  • 04-24-19

Fantastic 80s Sci Fi Action

I read Xan as a paperback as a teenager, and the tale of Sci Fi Horror has stayed with me since 1986, I even still have my copy of this 1950s style sci fi story where the unfortunate residence of mid west America and the US Government are completely out matched by an Alien of unbelievable power, tactics and skill.

The delivery of XAN on Audible, was read very effectively, by a skilled reader whose mellow accent and voice skills draw you into the story with skill making it very memorable.

If this story ever landed on Amazon Or Netflix it could make a fantastic Movie, Mini Series or if expanded upon a complete TV show.

Needless to say fond memories of this story have not be disappointed by this version, thoroughly captivating and highly enjoyable.

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  • Chris Halliday
  • 07-25-17

Interesting alien invasion story, marred by deeply unlikeable characters

Patrick Tilley's XAN is an interesting take on the classic fifties sci-fi scenario of a covert alien landing. The invader is powerful, intelligent and utterly ruthless, its technology interesting - if very lightly sketched - and its powers vast. If only there was someone in the story to care about.

Tilley's characters are paper thin, not very believable, and occasionally very stupid. At no point do their emotions feel real, nor do they engage our sympathy. Most of them turn out to be quite unpleasant in one way or another, and by the end of the book I was rooting for XAN.

XAN itself is a missed opportunity. Given the chance to intrigue us with a mysterious alien life-form from a culture thousands of years beyond ours, Tilley gives us almost nothing. XAN's capabilities grow with the needs of the plot, with little in the way of foreshadowing.

The book itself is a slog, made worse by Thomas Fawley's bland monotone narration. For all the emotion he puts into this performance, he could be reading the menu options on a voicemail system. It's that dull.

There's a great book to be written on the theme of a sneaky invasion by a single powerful alien. XAN isn't it.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-31-13

B movie plot with a proper surprise conclusion

What did you like most about Xan?
This reads like a b movie version of Tilley's excellent and far more serious 'Fade Out' , alien invasion, will the plucky locals win out against the cold intelligence of the insectoid warrior - you think you know the answers but you'd be wrong . Written back when authors weren't looking to launch multipart novels with movie potential this story starts upbeat exciting and gets darker and more 'real' until you really want to rewind and ask 'did that really just happen'?