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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595453112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595453115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,608,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Al Past lives on a ranch in south Texas with his wife, a college Spanish professor, of almost 40 years and a menagerie of animals. He is a retired college English professor, linguist, and lover of rollicking good tales.

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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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Great characters with realistic values and interaction.
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To do so, she must make use of all her unique talents and abilities while placing her life in great peril.
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This is an excellent read for you science fiction, action fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James P. Morgan on June 17, 2009
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This is third in the Al Past series, Distant Cousin. I really enjoyed #1 & #2 but was really surprised with Reincarnation. Reincarnation is filled with adventure, suspense, and action. Character developement continues in this book bringing you closer to the ever growing Darcy. A new character is introduced in this novel, Rob Combs. Rob is an ex-Navy SEAL. Darcy hires Rob to help her with a little problem, the rest is all action. This is an excellent read for you science fiction, action fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Salerni on August 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Well, we knew it was going to happen. There were hints in the second novel of the Distant Cousin series, and so it is no surprise that in the third novel, Darcy's greatest fears are realized. Her cold and greedy brother-in-law, Herecyn Cymred, has sold the wrong sort of Thoman technology to the wrong sort of person and a weapon of devastating destruction has resulted. Herecyn denies it, of course, but when the Russian mafia tries to eliminate Ana Darcy, the only person who has made the connection, the truth of the matter is obvious.

Author Al Past revs up the action in this third installment of the Distant Cousin series. After seven years of quiet family bliss on the secluded Mendez homestead, hidden in the heart of New Mexico, Darcy once again sacrifices her retirement from public life in order to guard against disaster. As the very first representative from another planet on Earth, Darcy takes it personally to think that technology from her homeworld might be used against mankind. While dodging assassination attempts from hired mercenaries, Darcy plies a little detective work to identify the source of the threat: A Russian oligarch has developed the Thoman technology into a weapon which was promptly tested on remote villages in the tiny territory of Sedlakia, with horrifying results. The US government is loath to interfere, but that doesn't stop one little firebrand of a woman from planning a 2-man mission to save Sedlakia--and possibly the world.

Reincarnation reprises a multitude of characters from the first two books, including government agents, high-powered lawyers, an investigative reporter, and a certain Sicilian "businessman" who once saved Darcy's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Wolf on September 12, 2007
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In this latest installment of Al Past's Distant Cousin saga, Ana Darcy's greed-driven uncle brings about a deplorable international situation that only she can set aright. To do so, she must make use of all her unique talents and abilities while placing her life in great peril. To aid her on her mission, she enlists the support of individuals from varied backgrounds, and as usual, brings out the best in all concerned. Her character is so dynamic as to cause her to be mistaken for the reincarnation of an ancient queen, sent to save the people of Sedlakia from impending destruction."

This isn't just another action novel. By now Ana is married, and the author cleverly juxtapositions her Thoman adventures with the family life she longs to share with her husband, Matt Mendez, and their twins. He and the kids manage to find a little adventure of their own, which regularly serves as a refreshing aside from the main story line. As usual, Past serves up delectable portraits of the cuisine in the various parts of the country where Ana finds herself, and his depiction of the landscape in diverse regions of the world gives the reader a genuine sense of presence. Flashbacks and unnecessary references to the two preceding Distant Cousin novels are kept to a minimum; thus, even readers who are unfamiliar with those works will find Distant Cousin: Reincarnation to be intriguing and captivating. Whether you are new to the universe of Ana Darcy and her friends, or are fortunate enough to have read Distant Cousin and Distant Cousin: Repatriation, this work holds a great deal of enjoyment in store for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Floyd M. Orr on September 10, 2007
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Due to a technical glitch, the posting of this review has been delayed for several weeks, but it's finally here, folks. The short version is that Reincarnation is approximately as good as the first book in the Distant Cousin series. The first book earned ten stars and so does this second sequel. Repatriation, the first sequel, was a tightly edited action-adventure, somewhat lacking the emotional slow-burn of the other two books. Reincarnation brings back the E. T. emotion and lodges it in your throat, right where it belongs. If adults could experience a close encounter with an extraterrestrial, Ana Darcy is exactly the alien they would like to meet. What'd I say about the Distant Cousin books in my other reviews? If you haven't read the first two books, get busy. You need to read them first to receive the full effect of Ana Darcy and Matt Mendez. The wild lynx of Sedlakia is waiting for you to get out your handkerchief.

Al Past has accomplished his mission once again. When is a movie production company going to bang down his door in Nowhere, South Texas, to make him an offer for the option on the whole Distant Cousin Series? There is no doubt that the series has a Spielbergian feel to it that cannot be denied. What'd I say? It's the feel good movie of the year and all those other movie trailer clichés. Distant Cousin: Reincarnation is one of those books whose plot and characters are so magically vivid that you cannot help but envision the movie in your head as you read.

As a book reviewer, I have read a lot of books. Just put my name in Google and you'll find many other reviews of Al Past's books, as well as those of other deserving authors. You can even read an interview with Mr. Past on one of my sites. When I review a book, I put it through the ringer.
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