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It's May 1978 and a normal night at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah--until a bogey shows up in their air space. It gets even stranger when the UFO requests permission to land, then changes its mind, but by then F-16s escort it to the ground. A human girl in her early teens and a robot exit the craft, a strange botanical lifeform found onboard later that night by a USAF ...more
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Published May 30th 2017 by Kalliope Rising Press
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UFOs, aliens, Area 51…no science fiction geek worth their salt hasn’t wondered what secrets lay beyond our planet or what secrets lay buried in one of the government’s most secretive facilities. Are you one of us Sci-fi geeks? Do you believe anything is possible? You’re in luck, Marcha Fox has a tale to tell, one that will entertain non-stop from start to finish!

THE TERRA DEBACLE, a fictitious tale of a captured extra-terrestrial being will tease your mind with Thyron, a sentient botanical life
Montzalee Wittmann
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51
Star Trails Tetralogy, Book 7
By: Marcha Fox
Narrated by: T. W. Ashworth
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I haven't read the previous books but I had no problem with this book. It was a unique book in first contact, first contact with an alien plant life form. This plant life that thinks and communicates. It also travels. It is a very strange story (in a good way), I could picture this in a Twilight Zone show. No one but the sci
Marsha Fox writing style is pure joy, no mind boggling hard to understand science.
Excellent story and coupled with T. W. Ashworth narrating a beautiful masterpiece was born.

Fully recommend !!!

Accepted this audiobook for free as long as I honestly review it.
Colm Herron
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The first time I got the point of science fiction was when I went to see the film The Quatermass Experiment about ten years ago. Ignorance of both science and science fiction was forgotten. I was hooked. And the best thing I've experienced since then is The Terra Debacle (a book I received as a gift), a brilliantly conceived and finely crafted creation by Marcha Fox. In this tour de force she continually stunned my senses with her combination of scintillating science, communic
Scott Skipper
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for Thyron. He is a peda flora telepathis; in other words a sentient, bipedal, telepathic plant. He not only communicates telepathically, he acquires knowledge remotely. While imprisoned at the infamous Area 51, he stumbled onto a treasure trove of information and overdosed himself by assimilating it, which caused him to lapse into a dormant state. This triggered a panic in Gabe Greenly, astrobotanist for NASA. Greenly nursed Thyron back to a healthy state and was rewarded with a handf ...more
Wanda Luthman
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am a science fiction fan and thought I might enjoy a book a about a talking plant and boy, did I! Thyron, the name of the plant, is incredibly intelligent and has a sense of humor. I would liken him to a cross between the character on a show from a long time ago called Alf and the talking plant, Audrey, from The Little Shop of Horrors. The author does a great job of introducing the reader to the secrets of Area 51 while also making you pull for the aliens. It's a great read and part of
Pamela Canepa
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This is really a step off the usual sci-fi alien path. I liked the originality. Imagine! An alien plant form that can communicate with you telepathically and is brilliantly intelligent, yet empathetic while maintaining a keen survival instinct. Oh, we’d be fast friends! Gabe, the human with expertise in extra-terrestrial botanical life forms, is a likable guy, the only one smart enough to know what he’s dealing with. Then, there’s a ‘droid and a girl, all of them under lock and key or in the emp ...more
Jeanne Foguth
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prisoners of Area 51 could easily stand alone. While this story was covered in a previous book, it was from Crenna’s point of view (human girl). Prisoners in Area 51 is from Thryon’s perspective. For any of you who haven’t read this series, Thyron is a sentient, alien vegemal (part plant, part animal), though he identifies with plants) and one of my favorite fictional characters.
As with all her books, Ms. Fox’s science is sound (she is retired from NASA), but her degree in Physics didn’t teach h
John Podlaski
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book sat in my "to read" library for the last six months and quite honestly, regret not having delved into this story much sooner. This my first book by Marcha Fox and was a joy to read. A spaceship, with three entities, crashes on Earth near Area 51 and those on board are quickly taken prisoner by the military. Theron is a telepathic plant that can think, walk, transport, communicate, and is smarter than anyone living on Earth. The other two, a human teenage girl and a robot complete the c ...more
Angela Anderson
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy if this book from the author, via Voracious Readers Only, in exchange I will give a honest review.
Holy Guacamole, This was a really enjoyable read, with a quirky plant from another planet that is 'PSI sensitive and is sentient. Thyron is a great character with a sense of humour, he engages with a astrobiologist named Gabe who is also 'PSI' sensitive after arriving on Earth with a human Crenna and a bot named Aggie. Thyron needs to get Crenna and the bot and leave Nellis Air Fo
I received this book for free through Voracious Readers Only.

A very original story. Thyron is a plant based alien life form. After his ship crashes on Earth he is imprisoned at Area 51 and studied by astrobiologist Gabe Greenley. Eventually they become friends, and Gabe is tempted to keep Thyron's intelligence a secret in order to protect him. But when the base commander finds out anyway, they have to hatch a cunning plan to escape.

I absolutely loved Thyron! I loved his discoveries of planet Ear
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobookboom
I had requested and received audible version of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an unbiased review.

What I liked about the book -
This is an oddball sci-fi story which works mostly as humorous fantasy too. The characters are fun and I love that a large chunk of the story is told from the alien's perspective. It makes the book all that more entertaining. It certainly is unique and different than most of the books dealing with aliens.

What I disliked about the book -
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio, humour, reviewed, s-f
( Format : Audiobook )
"Nothing on this low tech planet was ever easy."
May, 1978: After an alien space ship in need of repair lands on earth, two of the occupants leave before the ship can be searched. The remaining traveller is quickly found and, encased in a protective cage, transported with an 'expert', a natural biologist specialising in botony, to Area 51. Because Thyron, the alien, was a sentient telepathic walking plant, standing about two foot in height, and horrified to find himself on t
Wow, really fun read. If you like plants with wit and intellect this is a great ending to an awesome series. The science is very cool and the imagination in this book taking place in Area 51 on Earth is fascinating and humorous. I loved it.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author - Marcha Fox - is a most intriguing individual. She’s moved from being a NASA rocket scientist to becoming an explorer of the hidden mysteries of the universe. What sort of discoveries will she make on her bold journey? Well, I for one, want to find out, and where better to start than through her Sci-Fi novels.

The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51 is a remarkable book with a highly original premise. Thyron is an intelligent and telepathic plant, retrieved from a UFO and taken for s
D.L. Finn
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I jumped right into the seventh book of the Star Trails Tetralogy series and hoped I wouldn’t be completely lost not having read the previous books—I wasn’t! What I found was an amazingly well-written science fiction story set in the 1970’s with my new favorite character: Thyron the highly intelligent plant. I was immediately drawn into the story with the spaceship ending up on earth while a plant was hiding from authorities. Soon, the ships passengers: a young human girl, a robot, and Thyron en ...more
Jay Cutts
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've previously read Beyond the Hidden Sky and it was a great pleasure to be reintroduced to Thyron, the telepathic, walking plant from another planet! This story was thoroughly enjoyable. What I liked most about it was really getting to know Thyron, with his amazing range of abilities. You might think that a plant that can walk only very, very slowly and whose leaves are easily damaged by any creature with malicious intent would have a hard time surviving for long. But, no!!! He's an amazing bo ...more
Karen Ingalls
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy guacamole! What a great science fiction story about a plant that can talk telepathically, has "arms and legs" and has a sense of humor. The plant and robot are held captive in Area 51 after their spaceship lands on Earth. Gabe is the scientist who discovers Thyron's (the plant) capabilities and protects him from harm. I loved the ending.
Ms. Fox worked for NASA and has a degree in physics so her scientific knowledge is quite evident. A true joy to read.
R.E. Weber
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed books 1 & 2 of Marcha Fox’s Star Trails tetralogy, I was surprised to discover that a further book had been released chronicling the story of one of the secondary characters from the series: Thyron, an alien, sentient plant with powerful psychic abilities. Intrigued by the proposition, I downloaded the Terra Debacle and began to read, and within minutes, I was hooked.

Focusing largely on just two characters, the book’s narrative switches between the aforementioned Thyron
Roopkumar Balachandran
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
In May 30, 1979 a space ship crash lands and was impounded in Hill Air Force Base, Ogden Utah, the ship had three passengers one girl named Creena, a robot designed primarily for agricultural duties named AG4MI and the hero Thyron neither flora nor fauna known as flora peda telepathis, a telepathic walking plant. All are taken into custody.

Dr.Gabriel Greenley, astro-biologist who specialized in botany called into studying unique characteristics of Thyron. They both become close friends over tim
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm at a bit of a loss on how to really review this book... On one hand I loved the story, it's really a fun concept, an alien, sentient, walking plant, and you guessed it, it's being held in a secret military base. I loved it, and it had a great ending, but... the language seems stiff and kinda simple, and the overuse of a certain colloquialism just about drove me crazy! Then the language issues were compounded by the strangely inflected narration... As a whole, the book felt as if it was writt ...more
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