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The action-packed sequel to the magical Distant Cousin is here! I highly recommend this sequel to anyone who has already read Distant Cousin. Just open your mind's eye and imagine Spielberg directing the movie. -- iUniverse Book Reviews

About the Author

Dr. Al Past is a retired professor of English who lives on a ranch in south Texas with his wife of nearly 40 years, and innumerable dogs, cats, and cows. He is more than happy to comply with those readers of his first novel, Distant Cousin, who have wished for a continuation of the story.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595399290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595399291
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,478,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TS on February 23, 2013
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There are five books. Look at the publish dates to figure out in what order to read them or you will not get the proper timing of events in the story. Otherwise they are pretty separate stories. Great plot that does not depend of high tech SF background. Great characters with realistic values and interaction. The first book is probably the best because you don't know what to expect as is true with all book series. However this series builds on previous books and the story goes pretty well. This is a story of an alien coming to earth and the experiences of that person and the interaction with earth people. It is uplifting and the have some moral content with a good outcome. No bad words but there is action mixed with subtle plot development in between. I recommend them all!
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Repatriation earns five stars as the sequel to Distant Cousin. The adventures of Matt and Darcy continue unabated as the dynamic duo prepare for the interaction of Thomans with Earthlings. The sequel is only half the page count of the original, and that is the only negative issue that needs to be mentioned. A lot of action and excitement has been packed into less than 200 pages. The price of admission is less, but we'll have to wait for the next installment to experience the full depth of the many new characters introduced in Repatriation. Let's just say the pace of the adventure picks up where the end of Distant Cousin left off. I don't want to spoil any surprises by mentioning details.

I don't recommend that anyone read Repatriation prior to reading Distant Cousin. This is not to imply any weakness in the sequel. It's just that the characters and plotlines are so wonderful and magical in the whole story that you should read it from the beginning. The longer text of the first book carefully introduces the reader to a lead character you might envision in your mind's eye as a Britney-with-brains. She's a little one-hundred-pound, blonde explosion of high-speed energy who flies herself to Alpine, TX, from her home on the moon. The briefest of plot outline of Distant Cousin is retraced in Repatriation, but if you want to really feel the emotional power of Ana Darcy, you need to read the first book first.

To answer the question posed, this is about it. I would have preferred to wade through 400 pages of description of the new characters and their scruples (or lack thereof), and a deeper development of what could have been an emotionally gripping morality play. That's just the opinion of someone who selects his books by the pound, though. I tend to prefer novels to be slowly boiling steamers and movies to be tightly edited. Repatriation is clearly a five-star sequel. It's only weakness is that its Distant Cousin predecessor earned ten.
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The third book in the Distant Cousin series maintains the high standard set by the first two. Ana Darcy Mendez, the visitor from another solar system, is a devoted wife and mother living in rural New Mexico. She has a sense of duty, however, and is fearless in pursuing those who would misuse the technology that has been shared with the Russian Mafia by one of her Thoman compatriots. We are introduced to a new character, a Navy Seal, who shares Ana's adventures and learns how extraordinary this small bundle of dynamite really is. Three cheers for author Al Past, who knows how to mix humor with excitement, and teach us a little Spanish along the way.
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Another wonderful chapter in the on-going (hopefully) saga that grabs you on page one and ends far too quickly - and left me begging for more. The story and the characters are so vivid and credible; I feel a deep emotional attachment and concern for the safety, plight and future of my distant cousins. Dr. Past writes with great sensitiviy, humor and articulate detail about his characters and their adventures. Please please please, I must know more about the twins! Not to mention the future relationship we develop with such an advanced culture that has so much to offer their cousins on our small planet earth.
Wouldn't this make a wonderful movie??
And one last request; may the next chapter in this epic be atleast an inch thick!
This is a 5 STAR book, and the 1 STAR review was an OOPS! which I am not allowed to alter.
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This is the second book in the series about Ana Darcy, a friendly alien. Read the first book first, then go straight into this one. You will become friends with the characters, and as the story develops, you will keep turning the pages to find out what happens. Excellent book.
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"I believe in God as an algorithm. A system of formulas or laws, like in physics, that explain how things have come to be" said Anna Darcy on being asked: "Do you believe in God?"

This response by Anna Darcy, Distant Cousin, puts in a nutshell a perception which she as the protagonist in a series of books weaves her story applying such a belief.

I read books voraciously, reading them for a variety of reasons. One of my primary reasons is recreation and relaxation. A well told story is all I need. Al Past, the author, in his series of four, is about a young lady who embarked from her far away planet to find the planet from which her people came. They have no knowledge of the reason for which they were moved nor record of it. They had a few clues which powered her search.

Their civilization developed further than earth's providing them the technology to go in search of their roots. Ana's story of that is delightful. It provides a great read, a great journey to share with her in which the author allows her to carry it on through four full novels. Through each one my rapt attention was maintained.

The story of Ana is in the genre of Science Fiction. The means of coming to earth, the technology brought with them, this was fascinating. The comparison of the development of two different civilizations developing out of the same mold was interesting. The moral and ethical values developed in Ana's society were intriguing in their difference from ours.

Ana, with her foundational belief, not in any way dwelled upon beyond her statement of it, was apparent in what she did.

The book gives enthralling accounts of Ana, passive and peaceful, turn into a lethal opponent when attacked, genetically enhanced to give her quickness and physical prowess.
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