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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432792016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432792015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,709,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was continually repetitive and not well written. It sounded like a young teenager wrote it. The characters were all boring and single minded.
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Wilson Weatherford turned down a college football scholarship to marry his high-school sweetheart, Doris, and settle down to a quiet life of farming. However, by the time the Weatherford's children are grown, the tranquility of the countryside that so appealed to the young Weatherford has been challenged by a local crime syndicate and celebrity-obsessed, materialistic townsfolk.

One morning Wilson finds a strange young woman in his barn. She looks weak and frail and seems to have lost her memory. Wilson and his family (a wife and two children home from college for the summer) take the stranger into their home and essentially adopt her. The stranger, Cuquita, is an alien who was stranded on Earth when her spaceship left without her. Cuquita is far from frail and weak, but she keeps her identity and superior physical and mental powers hidden from the Weatherfords.

Cuquita turns out to be a warm and loving addition to the Weatherford family and no mean farmhand, either. In the end, she is able to use her formidable strength and agility to repay the kindness of her hosts and put right much of the problems of the local town. The parallels to the Superman story seem obvious on the surface, but this story takes its own path and is not derivative of the Superman narrative.

The book is relatively free of annoying typos and grammatical errors, and the e-book is beautifully formatted. It has a charming, if familiar, plot, and the characters are likeable--that is to say the good guys are likeable. The bad guys are just as nasty as you would expect them to be. The book suffers, however, from a classic writing problem: The narrator tells the story rather than letting the characters and the action show the reader what's happening.
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By Ranger on August 23, 2012
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Yes, it was a pleasant surprise to come across Matthew's book- his first novel, I believe. Just "getting it out there" is an enormous accomplishment; creating an appealing story the first time out is... well, it's unusual. Here we have a good story, told with a sensitivity that suggests Matthew has more to offer. I certainly hope so- it would be interesting to see if he can back up a quality first piece with another.
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