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Distant Cousin (Distant Cousin series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Distant Cousin is the best novel I have read in a long time...outstanding! Distant Cousin will stamp its wonderful magic on your soul. -- iUniverse Book Reviews

About the Author

Al Past has taught college English and linguistics for over twenty-five years. Now retired, he lives in south Texas.


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  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0595372929
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Al Past; 1 edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2005
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GCTS36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Al Past has been an author, a husband, father, grandfather, a musician, a Naval officer, a rancher, a house builder, and a professor of English and linguistics. His first book, still in print after 25 years, is a collection of his arrangements of baroque masterpieces for two treble clef instruments (Charles Colin Publications). He has also collaborated with author Barry Yelton, providing the photographs to accompany Mr. Yelton's lambent poetry in On Wings of Gentle Power (Strider Nolan Media).

The first volume of the Distant Cousin series, the highly original tale of Ana Darcy that had been haunting him for twenty years, had to wait to be written down until after his retirement from teaching. Readers have followed the adventures of Ana's family in the four companion volumes to date: Distant Cousin: Repatriation, Distant Cousin: Reincarnation, Distant Cousin: Regeneration, and Distant Cousin: Recirculation.

Dr. Past lives on a ranch in south Texas with his wife (a journalist and retired professor of Spanish) and way more animals than is good for him.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew E. Shipley on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Typically, once I move beyond the pantheon of the all-time great SciFi writers (e.g., Clark, Bradbury, Heinlein, Brin, Niven, Sturgeon...), I find myself disappointed in the quality of the writing. I don't mean this as a slam on the genre, only on my difficulty in finding SciFi novelists who can combine a good SciFi storyline with good writing. Al Past is such a novelist. From the opening line, Distant Cousins leaves no doubt that its author knows his way around the English language. Other reviews have explained the story line, so I'll simply say that if you like SciFi, and prefer that it be well-written, you should give Distant Cousins a try.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Floyd M. Orr on January 4, 2007
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Is it really? The Fifth Kind is supposed to denote communication with an alien. The Barbie doll who plays the lead in this screenplay waiting to happen is not actually an alien being. She is a human from another planet, and she does one helluva job at communicating! Remember the wonderful magic you felt the first time you saw Spielberg's Close Encounters? Literary author Al Past makes us feel that way again. You will fall in love with an alien all over again, just like you did when you met E.T. The author of Distant Cousin takes you to one of those places we all seek when we encounter a delightful, memorable novel like this one. Mr. Past shows us the majestic beauty of the mountains near Alpine, TX, and he takes us for an exciting ride to other locales both inside and outside the U.S., but those are merely logistical issues that complement the plot. The real story is found in that magical, mysterious place within our hearts.

Romance fans will enjoy this book as much as SciFi bugs. The storyline never encourages you to get out the hankies or bores you with technical mumbo-jumbo. It just blasts along the highway of your first big love affair. Like that affair, you may find a few bumps in the road in the form of grammatical typos, but I assure you they will never give you a flat tire! The characters and plotlines are all first-rate. There isn't a single wasted page or a single slow spot that you just have to wade through to get back to the good part. You will love the lead characters so much that you will be casting in your head for the Spielberg movie long before the end. Don't worry about there never being a sequel: it's already out. This is quite a book. When do we get to see the movie?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Wolf on March 23, 2006
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Distant Cousin is a fascinating novel that captivates the reader with the pull of a neutron star. Al Past accomplishes this, not with a lot of pseudo-scientific claptrap, but through the development of a convincing story line with characters who are intriguing and genuine. The reader is almost afforded the illusion of being a part of the novel itself, and characters take on the aspect of being more like personal friends than just people in a story.

Distant Cousin is sublimely entertaining, though the author occasionally uses it as a vehicle to comment on the societal and cultural state of Planet Earth. These observations are keen, insightful, and all the more so since they are seen through the eyes of an impartial alien observer. In a similar fashion, he is also able to portray occurrences that we normally take for granted, such as eating or taking a walk, with the freshness that only an extraterrestrial would perceive. Since the book takes place in several geographic locales, this ability to create moods, atmospheres, and even the sensation of taste, serves him in good stead throughout the work. BUY THE BOOK! READ IT! ENJOY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulette B. Mmiddleton on December 15, 2005
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What a wonderful combination of joy, excitement and optimism fills each page of this exceptional book. There is never a dull moment for the characters or the readers. Al Past has captured the complex beauty of every location, circumstance and person in his new book. He does it in such a way that one is kept at the edge of each skillfully constructed, crisp chapter, anxiously wondering what is really going to happen next to the individuals and the earth. At each turn the spirits and strengths of humanities at all levels are portrayed in a most positive way. If you are ready for some mind provoking enjoyment, please do go out and find your Distant Cousin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffry S Hepple on June 5, 2009
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The reader will find no death rays, little green men or goo-oozing tentacles in this book; only a very human young woman faced with an enormous challenge. To save the population of planet Earth from possible extinction, interstellar explorer, Ana Darcy, must defy her standing orders to remain hidden, but when she delivers her warning to her distant cousins, no one believes her.

From west Texas to Barbados and back, Al Past captivates us with his vivid descriptions of culture, landscape and cuisine and shows us our world from the perspective of an extraterrestrial visitor to whom every taste, smell and vista is new and exciting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2009
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I enjoyed the book right up to the end and then felt I'd been conned into buying the conclusion to the episode. The story just stopped, like it was published while the author finished the book. I knew there was a sequel, but I expected a better end to book one of the series. I was hooked enough to buy the sequel knowing that it has half the pages of part one. I hope it has a smoother ending that makes me want read part three rather than feel suckered into buying it to finish what should have been one book.
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