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An imaginative reinterpretation of our history over the past 60+ years - or rather, a new slant on why major notable events took place.
The speculation and rumours that a space ship crashed, with alien occupants, at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, were vigorously denied by the government. But they were true. There was one a!ien survivor, a lizard like boy with considerable powers including mind control, who was secretly taken into custody, cared for and questioned. From him it was learned that an invasion force would almost certainly be back in strength to subdue (and eat) the much weaker earth's inhabitants. So F.O.R.C.E. came into being to try to drag the world into a state capable of defending itself when they returned, estimated as some 65 years later.
Covering various advances which have happened in the intervening years since Roswell and varying from space satellites to the anti polio sugar cube, it casts a whole new light on our scientific achievements as well as highlighting the question, just what does get done to us simple citizens sithout our knowledge or consent for untold purposes?
The narration perfectly fits the text. Told in an almost news bulletin cadence, broken only by the conversational voices of the quite numerous protagonists, John Pirhalla's performance is steady and clear. The protagonists themselves are never fully three dimensional but, again fitting the pseudo historic nature of the story, move in and out of the action like players on a stage. The one real exception is the lizard boy himself who, becoming friends with his earthling rescuers, goes out and about with them disguised in a poncho and a sombrero covering his face. He really glowed with life in all of it's green glory.
I really enjoyed the whole concept of this book and the past half century of rapid achievements took on new meaning: necessity is the mother of invention and all that ... Very convincing.
I would have much preferred the book to have ended a few chapters earlier as the possible invasion date approached. I felt the last part was really best suited to another, later book and detracted from the realities of the earlier sections. However, these latter chapters were also great fun, infusing a lot of colour and humour into the story.
Altogether a good, enjoyable read, not too technical but frighteningly plausible. My thanks to the rights holder from whom I received a complimentary review copy of The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. via Audiobook Boom. I wonder what will happen next?
What did you like best about this story?
Enjoyed how the writer started the book in the 50's era and gradually moved into the present day. Loved the way the writer took famous NASA missions and re-spun them to fit into the story as well. The aliens were portrayed as villainous but had a humorous undertone. The multitude of alien voices was impressive. Narrator was phenomenal.The plot was fairly simple but the characters, human and alien, made it really fun. The technology in the book is plausible and very inventive. I will definitely listen to book 2 when it is released.
What about John Pirhalla’s performance did you like?
This book had to have at least 40 characters. I was constantly impressed by the narrator's ability to have different voices for all of them. How the heck do they do that?? The relationship between Heinbaum and McPherson was performed exceptionally well...very funny too. The quality of the recording was excellent. I have listened to this narrator in another book called Threads of the War...a very different type of book but also incredible narration.
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Would you listen to The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. again? Why?
Yes, this book was suspenseful and was fast paced, and I loved the team that they assembled.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Origin of F.O.R.C.E.?
I enjoyed the science behind reverse engineering...
What does John Pirhalla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
This was my first book narrated by him, and he did a great job. Great voices and good pacing. I would definitely listen to another book by him.
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I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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