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I first read this in August 2001 and most recently in November 2001.
An alien arrives on Earth in a last-ditch attempt to save our world from
extinction. Naively he visits the White House in an attempt to pass his
important message to the President. He's rebuffed, leaves and gets
mugged in a Washington side-street.
Enough to make anyone call it a day, and certainly enough for our
sensitive and refined alien. Especially since his powerful defensive technology is now in the hands of
the brutal mugger.
As the mugger roams free, bending people cruelly to his will, a secret
government agency is on the trail of the alien and anyone who came into contact with
Susan Hill, budding intrepid journalist, at last has a story she can
get her teeth into. She's chasing her alien and she's going to get him
Mick Aaronson is Susan's boos, he's a hard-bitten, irretrievably cynical
journalist. He doesn't believe in aliens, even when he meets him.
Serena Blake is an heiress and cokehead. She's on a downhill
path, but now she's found the alien, something has changed in her. It's
as though she remembers him, and she can't bear to lose him now.
Harry Lauter knows an ancient secret, but he's been abused so much by
governments determined to suppress it that he's no longer sure what he
Together these unlikely heroes must rescue our alien, evade the
black helicopters and somehow ensure that the alien's message is
delivered and acted upon before humanity is destroyed.
This is an entertaining, fairly gripping read. The problem is that I
couldn't take some of the premises seriously. I like spacecraft,
but I'm dubious about UFOs; human-alien sex is fine by me, but I
don't believe the people who claim alien abduction and abuse.
Still it's fun and it makes a change from "K-PAX".
Loaded on the 10th December 2001.