( Extracted from Book Barbarian )
I just got a phone call from my old friend, Jimmy. Only trouble is, Jimmy died 40 years ago.
So what’s he been doing while he’s been “dead”? Interviewing little gray aliens for the government, according to him. And keeping notes. Now he wants to tell me all about it, but someone doesn’t want me to know and is working hard to keep me from finding out!
A highly unusual novel with a unique take on the “alien experience” – who they are, where they come from and what they’re doing here, plus who we are,what we’re doing here, and what happens when we die. Set in modern-day (now) Florida, USA. American English.
Chet Novicki presents The Alien Interviews in a digestible format. I was able to follow right along with the story from page one without any indiscernible noise that some other books present at the beginning ( neither a pro or a con in my opinion ).
The story is both straight-to-the-point and gives us and engaging, but down to Earth plot where the main character hears from a friend that was supposed to have died years ago, even more he is tasked with decoding stacks of paper from alleged interviews with aliens. This presents problems for the protagonist and his female friend. And, without spoiling too much of the story, there is irony in a way that questions if this story truly is a work of fiction or not, or something more which added to the value of the book for me and this fact alone added an extra star in my rating. Only two major, unanswered questions remained in my mind through this reading and they were both answered by the time I got done reading which was great.
In all honesty, the dialog was -at times- slightly cheesy, blah and predictable. It could use a bit more spunk. Minor inconveniences, albeit this is my worst complaint about this book.
If you like SciFi books in an format of a proverbial smoothie, The Alien Interviews by Chet Novicki delivers a bunch of words in a configuration that will keep you turning the pages to discover what comes of the recorded interviews with Aliens. It serves as food for thought for our current Earth reality, and that is exactly what SciFi should do. However, the ending revelations aren’t quite groundbreaking in my opinion – your mileage may vary. I give it ★★★★☆ four stars out of five.
Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley