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  • Posted April 9, 2014

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    Jonathan Chalmers fell on his head at age four. The resulting b

    Jonathan Chalmers fell on his head at age four. The resulting brain injury turned him into a savant who could read fifty pages per minute in multiple texts and instantly recognize complicated mathematical patterns. In 1918 he is inexplicably rescued, wounded, from the trenches of Verdun by a group of quasi-spiritual, quasi-extraterrestrial beings who make him whole and instill his brain with some arcane cosmic knowledge. This experience apparently also retards the aging process. As a result of his youthful appearance he is able to again enlist in the army at the outbreak of World War II but he is quickly snatched from basic training and recruited by the OSS which segues into the CIA after the war. This coincidentally is around the time of the incident at Roswell so Chalmers finds himself in charge of the alien bodies which resemble H.R. Giger’s alien from the movie of the same name rather than the cute little gray guys with big heads we are used to associating with Roswell.

    The above only describes a fraction of this epic length adventure into the bizarre life of a charter member of the CIA who behind the scenes is responsible for the protection of everything and everyone. It is in a word, weird. At times it is painful. There are numerous anachronisms and much verbal gymnastics. I would like to see the editor tarred and feathered for allowing the phrase, “Chalmers knew...” to be used forty-three times. Seriously, it annoyed me so much I counted. That ignores all the cases of, “He knew...” and when the point of view shifts to the aliens—yes, even the aliens get a viewpoint—we are made to suffer with, “The alien knew...” The aliens’ names are corny distortions of English words and part of the alien dialog is first given in nonsensical characters before it is translated for us. I read the whole thing and never stopped asking myself why.

    In fairness it has its moments of clever situations and intriguing hypotheses. Having said all this, I probably should give some thought to the fact that the author is a retired CIA spook who surely knows how to get even.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    I thought I was going to be reading a CIA-type thriller, but the

    I thought I was going to be reading a CIA-type thriller, but the book was nothing but a poorly written science fiction, space invader, time traveling mess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Poorly written

    Weak in transitioning from one time period to the next. Too far fetched.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Recommend if you like Auto-Biography

    This book describes his life and most major events of his life in great detail. It starts after high school graduation to the end, describing war and job experiences. Not what I expected by the description given for the book.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Gripping and fantastic

    The author has a fantastic imagination - which he combined with an actual life history which encompassed CIA missions and things he learned along that path that most people won't ever hear about, even in the media!
    Brilliant and gripping.

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    Posted July 24, 2012

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