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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
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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...
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.
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.
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
Kathy
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
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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.
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Very interesting premise deserving of a finer execution. Clumsily drawn characters and dialogue had me skimming a lot just to find out where the story was going. I truly hope books 2 and 3 of this proposed trilogy receive the attentions of an excellent editor. Neflix/Amazon/Hulu should be interested.
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