Agency assassin Michael Valiant deals death without question. He knows it’s all in the name of duty and the fight against terror, particularly at a time when the earth is as close as it’s ever been to self-destructing.
But Michael questions the Agency's motives when he's ordered to silence a group of UFO enthusiasts who look less like terrorists than they do housewives and nerds. His attempts to uncover the truth arouse the suspicions of his partner and boss with tragic consequences. Michael finds himself running for his life and dragging his intended target along with him.
Can he save them both, or will the Agency and the aliens find them first?
A thrill-ride filled with conspiracy, betrayal, suspense, and romance, "The Experiencers" is like Jason Bourne meets The Ghost Whisperer on an X-File.
About the Author
Val Tobin's love of reading translated into a love of writing from the time she was six years old. She also had a fascination for the paranormal and occult, which is reflected in her writing. Her lifelong passions were interrupted by a sojourn into programming and a ten-year career in software/Web development. She became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher and Angel Therapy Practitioner® with Advanced Training, certified by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. in 2008. She then trained in mediumship, also with Doreen Virtue, in Kona, Hawaii. Val received a Bachelor of Science in Parapsychic Science in 2010, and is working on a masters degree in Parapsychology. She is a member of a few paranormal investigation and UFO groups, and participates in investigations and sky watches. Val spends most of her time writing, presenting workshops, studying, and enjoying time with her husband, two kids, and three grandkids. Val wrote for Community MX, a site dedicated to all things Macromedia, and had a story published in Doreen Virtue's Hay House book "Angel Words." "The Experiencers" is her first novel. Val lives in Newmarket, Ontario, with her husband and cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great story, suspenseful and engaging… I have to admit I do not typically read Sci-Fi or alien abduction novels. However, I read ‘Injury’ by Val Tobin and loved it so I decided to give ‘The Experiencers’ a try. I was not disappointed. This is book one in a series and it does end leaving many questions unanswered. Not exactly a cliffhanger ending, but you will need to read book two to finish out the story. Michael Valiant is a complex character, an assassin with a heart. From the very first scene we learn that Michael is struggling with doubts about his assignments. He is supposed to blindly follow The Agency’s directives but questions their motives. Ms. Tobin does an excellent job of creating a bad guy you can love because he’s not all bad. Carolyn is good, naive and complex. She is a psychic and a medium but is rarely believed, even by those closest to her. It is difficult to go into the story line without spoilers so I will just say the story is well written and keeps the reader engaged to the very end. The characters are well developed and come across as real people with real problems. This story is well paced, the suspense keeps the reader engaged and the personal interaction between family and friends helps the reader feel empathy, frustration, sorrow and triumph. Another thing I liked about this story is that the author leaves much to the imagination. She is not overly graphic when it comes to the sex and violence. In my experience, this makes the story more believable and frequently more terrifying. Ms. Tobin masterful leads the reader where she wants you to go then let’s your imagination do the rest. This is a great beginning to the series. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially those who enjoy a tale about aliens vs. humans and government conspiracies.
For anyone who’s ever lent credence to the notion that aliens visit Earth, The Experiencers by Val Tobin is frighteningly real. Michael Valiant is a black ops assassin for a government agency that shields alien presence from public knowledge by silencing UFO researchers who know they’re here among us. Carolyn Fairchild is a psychic medium who functions as a sort of spotter for her local research group, and when they see something they shouldn’t, Valiant and his partner are dispatched to shut them up before they blog about it. Just when Carolyn’s group starts having fatal accidents at the agency’s hands, Valiant has a crisis of faith. He’s discovered our government is in league with the alien “establishment”, with the joint goal of global subjugation. But Valiant learns there’s a rebel alien base in a wilderness park, whose mission is to work with the people, not against them. So instead of killing Carolyn, Valiant enlists her help to find the base. Now the agency wants them both dead before they reach the rebels. The Experiencers is written with a deft hand, and well-paced between thoughtful character development and straight-on action scenes. Lurking in the background is some entirely plausible bleeding edge technology. The few psychic episodes are both real and out there. And for the tender-hearted, there are a couple of poignantly human sex scenes between two people thrown together by fate and accepting it. Meanwhile, pursued by government men with stones where their hearts should be…