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The Crying of Ross 128

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The year is 2085...
America has splintered into various independent republics after a brutal civil war. Against this backdrop, space exploration is on the cusp of new technological breakthroughs. Jim Atteberry, a mid-30s English professor at City College in San Francisco, spends his free time listening for alien signals on the amateur radio astronomy bands. His life as a si
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published 2017 by Tellwell
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Susan McConnell
The last few books I started, I didn't finish but I couldn't put this one down! It grabs you right from the start. Clever prediction of what life could look like in the future with unnerving realism and well thought out characters. It is easy to visualize it as a movie - a fun read. There must be a sequel coming... ...more
Sarah Wells
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Science fiction is not usually a genre I read but this was a thoroughly accessible story and an enjoyable read. The characters are likeable, the imagery is vivid and the writing is tight. I am reminded of the time I read the then newly-released Jurassic Park and thought it would make a great movie. So would The Crying of Ross 128.
Allan Segal
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Wells
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alien contact

Jim Atteberry is an amateur astronomer and through a special device is found an alien message. The characters are very good in this book and the plot is also good. This is book number one of a sure The biggest question is that when we find it only in life should we leave it alone or should we try to communicate with her. I recommend this book for all science-fiction fans.
Fred Anderson
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great story! Stumbled across this from an ad somewhere and decided to give it a go. Good move on my part. Excellent premise/story idea with lots of possibilities that I was unsure of where they would go but the author does not disappoint! Thought provoking, exciting read throughout. Check it out. You will not be disappointed. Onward to book two right now!
Heather Gray
This is the first in a series of what I call soft science fiction. I don't even know if that's a term, but I'm not normally a science fiction fan and I really enjoyed this well-written novel. The author focuses on relationships in a sci-fi setting. The human element drew me in and kept me reading. A page turner I would highly recommend. ...more
Aimee Ann
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Crying of Ross 128 is a unique, compelling and entertaining science fiction novel that will delight as well as thrill readers for many hours. Never before have I read a book like The Crying of Ross 128 because The Crying of Ross 128 is a science fiction novel with a twist. The story laced between the pages of this book is one that captivated me from the beginning, to be honest even the description of the book fascinated me, so that is why I have to recommend that all of you lovely readers re ...more
Scott Cahan
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Crying of Ross 128 by David Allan Hamilton is a good mix of sci-fi adventure and hard science technology. The story is about a hobbyist radio enthusiast named Jim Atteberry who receives an alien transmission. He tries to do the right thing and share his discovery with the scientific community, but his good intentions backfire. Soon, shadowy organizations come out of the woodwork to find out how he made his discovery, including one power crazy scientist who steals his claim to the signal. Mil ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read too much Science Fiction anymore although it used to be one of my favorite genres. Then I looked at this book and saw it was over 300 pages on my e-book and I wondered if I could get it read in the time I had allotted and then…I couldn’t put the thing down. I read it in two days.

This is a great page turner mystery and although its genre is listed as Science Fiction, many of the discoveries in this storyline could be very realistic today. Its setting is a college town with normal ev
Corey Heitz
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, interesting

The plot grabs you and keeps you moving. Very fast, easy, interesting read. Dialogue left something to be desired… Hard to explain exactly what. Seemed superficial? Sometimes characters said some things explicitly that you wouldn’t necessarily say in real life. Some of the characters were too one-dimensional, The main character is fairly and idealistic.

Overall a good read and I will likely continue the series.
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are not alone. Maybe we should be left alone.

Science is a tricky business with no room for amateurs until now. A simple signal is overlooked amongst the static, and everything is changed forever. And so it begins… Great storytelling, solid characters, and heavy intrigue. Great read.
Ken Barrett
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

A great story populated by intriguing characters. Intelligent life is certainly out among the stars, what will happen when first contact comes? This book is about the ensuing earth politics when it happens. It’s a good read and I recommend this book.
However there are a lot of formatting errors in the kindle version the author or editor should fix.
Gary Coffin
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good summer read about first contact in the not too distant future. Using a proprietary communications filter,Jim Atteberry picks up a signal from deep space that sounds like more than just galactic noise. Jim finds himself, and his family at the center of a series of politically charged maneuverings that keep the pages turning.
Leif Dolan
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New Worlds and Persons

How do you make first contact? Who makes it? Who speaks for the Earth? There must be some sort of power that comes with being the person who talks to the UFO? Is it done by a government? Or just one person?

This is a nice introduction to how first contact might be done? What is right and what could be wrong. I am looking forward to the next book.
sheldon soman
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place after the second American civil war, as the country is divided into several parts. A mysterious signal is picked up by an amateur ham radio operator. The book is fast-paced and suspenseful as is the entire trilogy. I just finished the third and final book and it was totally awesome. I highly recommend the entire series
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