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Not Alone

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,374 ratings  ·  590 reviews
Aliens exist, the government knows, and Dan McCarthy just found the proof.

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies -- a top-level alien cover-up -- he leaks the files without a second thought.

The incredible truth revealed by Dan’s leak immediately captures the public’s imagination, but Dan’s relentless
Kindle Edition, 742 pages
Published December 19th 2015
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
You know what’s worse than watching cable news for hours on end? Reading a book in which the main character does nothing but watch cable news for hours on end.

You know what’s worse than a book in which the main character does nothing but watch cable news for hours on end? Reading a book in which the main character is presented as a truth seeker exposing a plot that has enormous implications for the entire human race, but in reality he’s a self-righteous and demanding little prick who is a huge
Reeda Booke
This book could have been so much more, but to me it got bogged down with too much filler, especially concerning public relations/ TV media shenanigans. This book was way too long, at over 700 pages, and by the last 3rd of the book, I was just skipping pages trying to get to the pertinent parts. Finally, after all that build up, the ending was so anticlimactic, that I was disappointed.
Only a 2 star book for me.

4 stars I really liked it, though some may not.

This is an extremely well written, well thought out book.

It is filled with politics, media, conspiracy theorists, lies, truths..but sadly no romance.

Well actually that was kinda what I was looking for, no romance, but here it felt like a little should have been added. I mean come on, a pretty PR woman hanging out with two good looking young men for 5 months..and one is an ex soldier... yet not a stich of even flirting? To me this was
Rick Rider
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time. I really enjoyed the rich character development, along believable lines as well--no leaps of faith required. The story is just plausible enough to be able to immerse yourself in the reading without having to "come back to earth" when you just HAVE to put it down. More than once I was tempted to research events in the story, forgetting, momentarily, that they were fictitious.

Lots to think about and well written. Captivating story that will
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
There is perhaps a 100-200 page story here, but not 700+ pages worth. The first 60% of the story is very mechanical with nothing really interesting or surprising happening: just drawn out descriptions of mundane interviews, political grandstanding and PR maneuvering. There is no build up of mystery or attempt to understand or explain what is happening. It's not really sci-fi. The last 40% gets a bit more on-point, but also doesn't seem to fit together in the end. This could have really benefited ...more
Dori Wilson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Desperately, this book needed a half-decent editor. It was way too long. Most of this book could be cut with no loss to the plot or character development. This is also a testament to how little character development exists in the book. I loathe the main protagonist, Dan. The book assures you that he has no mental disability or illness, but for a "normal" grown man to act, think, & speak the way he does is completely unbelievable. More times Dan's character is more of a child than an adult ...more
Chelsea Hite
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first contact story I didn't know I needed

I cannot praise this book enough. I loved the first half with its realistic focus on the media angle. I loved it being long enough for more than a single nights reading. I loved the three dimensional characters. I loved that the author didnt cop out with the typical "contact is made in the last paragraph" ending you see so often. I loved that he avoided just about everything typical to these type of books. I loved the scope, not just a
David Kelly
Mar 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I tried to read this book but it was extremely frustrating. The writing style is just too simplistic for my liking. The hero's name is Dan, and as you read it's "Dan did this", "Dan did that", "Dan wondered about this", "Dan considered that".

Just look at the synopsis. Dan is mentioned by name four times in three paragraphs and that's nowhere near as often as you'll be subjected to his name in the book. You may come across the page where Dan is mentioned by name around 20 times, and if you do I
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Good ideas told blandly

There are a lot of exciting concepts here, and there are characters you care about (hating). But the writing is like the copy in Yellow Pages ads. Like "they thought about many interesting things." Not a real quote, but an example of what the uninvolving prose is like.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Rarely do I not finish a book. I could not finish this one. Halfway through, I became bored. It's too long (740 pages!)
I'm sorry to the author for the low review, I dislike giving bad reviews to anyone. This book could have done with a big edit and the story itself could have been told in a quarter the time and it might have been a lot more interesting.
Nicholas Seders
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-wheelhouse
4.5 Stars for Classic Science Fiction, New Point of View
I see a lot of reviewers complaining about the narrative's focus on PR. This is my response: before you pick up a 750-page book, you may want to read some summaries and reviews to, ya know, make sure the premise actually interests you. I only read a handful of reviews beforehand, and the emphasis on media and politics was readily apparent.
That emphasis is exactly what makes Not Alone an enthralling novel. I couldn't put the thing down! It
Madeline Friedman
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought of not staring anything, but then it wouldn't make sense with my written review.

I tried listening the audiobook while driving. After about an hour the story became interesting but not enough to allow me to want to continue it...

Also it was making my mind go a bit crazy in how the author really wanted us to know who they were focusing on.
For example: Dan looked at the folder, Dan watched the news, Dan picked up the folder, Dan does this/Dan does that...

This was from the beginning of
James Proctor
Mar 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Early effort, needs editing

Didn't get very far. Misspelled words, improbable logical leaps, stiff writing. Shows a lot of promise, able to vividly describe characters and scenes. I'll check some of this author's more recent work.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like reading and supporting indie authors, and I looked forward to this book. I even bought the sequel for my Kindle at the same time I bought this book. So, for my responses to the book:

The story's concept was great. It smacks of alien encounters and political chess playing on a worldwide level. It has a strong protaganist (actually, 2 or 3 of them...), who was likeable, even though I didn't feel that his character was very well developed. The story had some twists and turns, which could
Oct 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
The main character (Dan) has no real agency. He made almost no decisions at all - when he did it was picking between two options presented to him by other characters (Emma and Clark). Once he picked an option, he would literally do whatever the other characters told him to do. All three of the main characters have no real flaws - it's like a story about Mary Poppins, James Bond, and a child going on a PR tour.

Dan doesn't even any goals as a person, other than hoping that other people would
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after reading the first line of the publisher's summary "Aliens exist, the government knows, and Dan McCarthy just found proof." I wasn't disappointed. Good characters. Unique story. Good pace.

Very little sci-fi here. The book is more about how the world reacts to the truth coming out about aliens.
Mark H.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel. Very interesting plot and the author deals with the issue of Disclosure in an engaging and unique manner. The characters are likable and well written. Recommended.
Patrick Gibson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
If you are a fan of ‘Ancient Aliens’ on THC, then this is the book for you. Sort of. More of a low level thriller and conspiracy theory than alien invasion. The first contact may, or may not, have occurred after WWII and a small band of connivers have been keeping it secret until a botched robbery puts some incriminating documents in the hands of a hapless bike messenger—who promptly posts them on line. The blowback for this act seems to be logical. The bike messenger becomes famous and takes on ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really like Dan (the main protagonist). He works in a bookstore, loves sci fi, reads a lot, and always does what he thinks is the right thing. A kind of person any sci fi enthusiast could admire. But, he's a regular guy and doesn't really know how to move about in the real world (unfortunately, the kind of person many sci fi enthusiast are also like!) and needs his brother and a PR specialist who see him for the special person he really is. All sci fi nerds who believe "the truth is out there" ...more
Clif Graves
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a book I couldn’t put down. A new telling of the old standard ‘First Encounter’ story. It takes place in the near future. Dan dwells in a small Colorado town and works in the local independent bookstore. He just happens to be at the right time and in the right place to collide with a thief running away from the local government agency, the IDA (Inter Space Defense Agency). The thief drops some folders and some gold bars. A scramble ensues, the thief grabs his dropped stuff and runs. Dan ...more
R.K. King
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I delved into this story because I was searching for an X-Files style UFO cover-up tale. While Not Alone doesn't quite deliver that sort of flavor, it does in fact deliver its own special tone that I enjoyed.
And that's after I was prepared to stop liking it. Without revealing spoilers, I enjoyed the direction the story was going, but then became dismayed with a left turn it took. I was subjectively disappointed, but am glad I continued on because it veered in yet another direction, of which I
Paul DiBara
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kudos to Craig, he has written a masterful book - IMHO. I can't recall reading a Sci-Fi story that quite so realistically portrayed individuals, situations and scenarios; entirely believable and convincing. Another adjective comes to mind - compelling! What's going to happen next - what's his/her motivation?

Why did I give it only four stars then? There is NO romance in the whole story! Come on - where's the growing relationship and affection between Emma and Dan; or even Emma and Clark? I've
Connie Zinsmeister
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seven stars!

If the best rating is five stars, this book is Seven! At this point I am still overwhelmed at the quality and intricate detail that is in this book. Dan McCarthy was so real, I already miss him. You will be immediately intrigued and constantly surprised at the events and actions of these characters . Hurry - get started reading this one!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had me racing thru it, till about the 60% point. Then politics, which in general I'm not a fan of, bogged down the storyline. If you decide to read this book, the story really improves around 80% mark and the fun returns. I totally recommend this book, but you will be getting a dose of politics with the fun.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good book regarding possible first contact with aliens. Lots of conspiracy is bound up in this book, along with a lot of lies. Have to keep an open mind through-out the entire book, but this is a very solid book.

Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had an understated growing excitement around a PR campaign to help a guy who leaked government documents regarding aliens. It was no seat of your pants thriller, but I thoroughly enjoyed being paced through the ups and downs of decision fallout and how a socially minded public relations person can manipulate outcomes. The characters are fairly realistic, though oddly desexualized, which could have delved deeper into the needs of friendship in adults. If you're looking for pithy action ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jean Hontz
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun take on First Contact. Focus is on social and political responses rather than tech and aliens. Definitely reading more of this series.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the stars were for the audio version, without the narration it would be less (or fewer) :)
Douglas Debner
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was skeptical about this book. The description indicated a political thriller with a sci fi bent. The reviews were positive but I don’t like political thrillers so, if I hadn’t been able to get it for free through my library, I never would have given it a go. Simply put this book was “hard to put down” great. Basically I enjoyed it in spite of not really wanting to.

It is a pretty long book and, listening to it, I thought I saw the ending coming until I checked my progress and saw I was only
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