Alien invaders, a secret government agency with a mission to monitor alien activity, and a hot shot field agent with plenty of secrets. Mix it all together with a healthy dose of humor and adventure and you have the makings of a fun sci-fi romp.
But is the adventure worth your time?
Trespassers : A Science Fiction Novel
Author : Todd Wynn and Tim Wynn
Published January, 2014 by Pretend Pictures, Inc
Kindle Edition | 345 pages
Trespassers : A Science Fiction Novel aims to take us on a light-hearted adventure in science fiction, complete with aliens invading earth, ancient artifacts, fun alien gadgets, a race against time, and a healthy dose of mystery layered with a bit of romance for good measure.
The adventure begins with a botched alien abduction which finds four aliens on the run in rural Indiana from a secret government organization looking to capture and remove the invading aliens from Earth. The thing is, these aliens aren’t your typical “little green men”. The aliens are actually human, not Earth humans, but human none the less, which makes it more difficult for them to be tracked.
Tasked with finding them is field agent Stewart Faulkner and his small team of agents. Things won’t be easy as they race to not only find the alien trespassers, but do so while training a rookie agent named Mindy, operate off the radar of his boss, and figure out what was so important that these four aliens would jump from a moving spaceship.
As the mystery unfolds and they close in on the aliens we find out that time is of the essence as there are other, more dangerous, beings also looking to stop them. And at the heart of it all a mysterious girl that can’t remember anything past 8 months ago. Stewart Faulkner’s team and the fugitive aliens are on an inevitable crash course, with the stakes being the safety of Earth itself.
From the first pages the tone of this book locks in and never lets up. It’s unrelenting in its pursuit of a light-hearted mystery that just so happens to include aliens, space-ships, secret government organizations, and cool alien gadgets. As such, if you are looking for a hardcore sci-fi novel to really sink your teeth into, you’ll want to look elsewhere. It’s a style reminiscent of the Douglas Adams classic, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. This isn’t hardcore Asimov, Herbert, or even Clarke science fiction.
With a slew of very stereotypical characters and plenty of comedic sci-fi tropes, there’s nothing offered here to make you stop and think critically about what the authors were trying to say. This story is what it is, nothing more and nothing less. And it does it in a way that leaves you happy to be along for the ride.
It’s not ALL action and intrigue, however. There are plenty of character sub-plots that serve as a perfect pause to take a breath before the story sprints forward once more. Surprisingly many of these take the form of various romantic interludes, be it from Mindy who has a crush on Stewart or via other interactions between characters later in the book.
Without spoiling anything, the biggest and most touching moment, maybe the most impactful moment, of the entire story, happens in the last few paragraphs and does not involve who you think it might, you’ll know it when you see it.
From the character standpoint, the book starts out flipping chapters and points of view between Stewart, Mindy, and the aliens. As the mystery unfolds we get views from a few other characters as well until finally we get parts of this story told from just about every character involved. It was a gamble from a writers perspective, but a gamble that they pulled off smoothly as the story flows nicely.
As the adventure unfolds the story rips along at a fast pace that will leave you wanting to read “just one more chapter” before you put it down.
Trespassers : A Science Fiction Novel is a fast paced, page turner. A rarity in the science fiction genre to be sure, but a welcome opportunity to check out and enjoy a fun adventure with some aliens on the run. The best part is that there is never a point in this story where the book feels like it’s taking itself too seriously. It knows it’s a fun, light-hearted adventure with a little mystery and a little romance thrown in for good measure…and it never tries to be anything more than fun.
While it won’t be for every sci-fi fan, it’s an excellent read for a long flight, to pass time during a snow storm, or just to cleanse your palate after a heavier or more intense story journey. While it isn’t perfect and likely won’t blow your mind or collect the loyal following of The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, it’s absolutely an enjoyable adventure through familiar feeling lands.
Just don’t be surprised if you “figure the mystery out” or “spot the ending” a little earlier than you’d like. Keep reading anyways, it’s a mostly satisfying ending. Though some may say a little TOO clean and predictable. Again, this book KNOWS what it is and doesn’t hide that, which includes the ending. Just have fun with it.
As such Trespassers : A Science Fiction Novel by Todd and Tim Wynn gets a 3 out of 4 stars. (If Goodreads would allow half star ratings this would be a 3.5 star read.)
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