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From Here to Nearly There (A Voyage in the Near Distance Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2965 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500975834
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alec Merta has more than a passing interest in the paranormal. He has witnessed hauntings and UFOs, and he has researched the same as a MUFON field investigator. Still the skeptic, he is committed to science and rigorous investigation. He uses this background to craft science fiction that is both thrilling and frighteningly realistic.

Alec is an author, blogger, and producer of audio programs. With a technical background and love of learning, he hopes to convey to readers and listeners a sense of the wonder kept hidden away in nature, history, and our own human works.

Alec is a true believer in the idea that our era can be the era of the individual. While our modern technological prowess certainly has risks and downsides, it also enables the individual to become the creative master of his or her own destiny. Please look Alec up on Twitter (@alecmerta) if you would like to talk with Alec about how he uses technology to write, record, and present. If the answer to your question is of general interest, it may become a post on Alec's blog.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A LeJeune on August 25, 2014
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I picked this book up when it first came out and I can't say enough good things about it. It's rare that you find a protagonist as comfortable, nice, and utterly and believably "real" as Carver, a good-natured and lovably bumbling, yet intelligent chap who would really rather be sitting in a pub than galloping across the countryside.

OK, real-talk, it's difficult to find a main character in these types of books who isn't "the chosen one" or some kind of mutant-vampire-spec-ops superspy, but instead is just a good-hearted, clever guy who happens to be doing something amazing. Too many authors want us all to buy into how COOOOOL their guy is. But this book is different! It's refreshing and fun, and I learned a little about British Motorway Services to boot!

The Allie character is fun too, and she somehow manages to be both the super-confident female hero that is fairly common in genre fiction, and the vulnerable companion that you want to protect. I guess I'm saying there's a depth there that doesn't rely on shocking (boring) sexual role subversion or vulgar "trying too hard to be edgy" tropes that you commonly see in self-published works.

I knew about the UFO angle in this book from the description but I was still pretty surprised by it's appearance, especially since the main story line had just started heating up in another direction. I also appreciate that there wasn't some big cheesy revelation or "OHMIGOD" twist at the end. Instead it's just a good strong story that is going places.

Did I mention the ship itself is amazing? Cause it's amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.C. on August 29, 2014
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I grabbed this book just this morning and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. It was a quick paced book which kept me interested and kept me flipping the digital pages. The author does an outstanding job bringing you into the universe of these characters and I found it easy to connect and actually like the main character without feeling that the personality or other traits were overly embellished.

I'm looking forward to the next book from this author and think this is definitely a great start.
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By Jeanine on November 25, 2015
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... And by not nearly enough, I mean I want more. Here's the bad news first. This is the first book in the series, and the other books aren't available yet. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't irritating, but this first book in the series is good enough to make it worth the wait to read the rest.

Our hero, Nicholas Carver, narrates his own story and he does so with that eccentric charm which the English have patented. And what a story it is. Apparently, wandering around the countryside drawing maps for the government is a more dangerous occupation than you would ever expect. Nicholas discovers something strange, and that draws the attention of people who are even stranger. Before you know it, he's on the lam with the police hot on his trail. But the police are nothing compared to the UFO that's chasing him too.

This book is a fun ride. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it's apparent the story has much further to go. I hope we can get closer to nearly there soon.
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An amusing science fiction story. It's based in England, current time or very near future.
The story is told by Nicholas Carver, a cartographer for the government. Nicholas' style of speaking and writing is kind of unusual. It sounds as if it were written somewhere between world war 1 and 2, in a more polite time. It's not archaic, but there's a noticeable difference.
Nicholas is out on the moors when he notices a strange anomaly. As he writes it up and draws a sketch, he begins to feel as if he's being watched.
This is the start of a strange adventure involving aliens, ufo's, and other planets. It's pretty interesting, but it ends on a cliffhanger. I don't whether the next installment is available yet.
Results: enjoyable read, although I kept expecting Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot to show up.
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