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

Alec Merta
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Book Description

Nicholas Carver began his day in Yorkshire. He will end it aboard an interstellar super yacht. Before he leaves Earth, Carver must race across England in a desperate flight from police and aliens. The police want to arrest him. The aliens want to do something far worse. All Carver wants is to survive.

Join Carver, an English mapmaker and surveyor, as he is caught in a tale of intrigue that spans the cosmos. Together with Allie, a mysterious girl who bursts into his life, Carver reluctantly sets out to solve the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. His success or failure will spell the dawn of a golden age or the ultimate doom of mankind.

By author Alec Merta, “From Here to Nearly There” is a novel that combines the best elements of a travelogue with those of a taut science-fiction thriller. By combining science with elements of real UFO and paranormal reports, Merta crafts a believable thriller that you will find hard to put down.

“From Here to Nearly There” is the first book of “A Voyage in the Near Distance.” The series tells the tale of two planets that are linked by an ancient mystery. One planet is a blue orb that orbits an average yellow star. It teems with human civilization. The second planet is Earth.

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  • File Size: 2973 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable, real characters and just a good story! August 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-paced page turner with a big vision August 27, 2014
By Neil D.
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I bought this book off a recommendation from a friend, and I really enjoyed it. It drew me in quickly, kept me interested, and gave me a good chuckle at times. The best aspects of the book are the story, the quick pacing, and the author's ability to paint a picture in my mind of all the landscapes, people, and situations. I instantly connected with the main character, Carver. He's relatable and fun to get to know. This series definitely shows promise, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. If you're looking for a good read from an up-and-coming author, this book is one to pick up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting page turner! August 29, 2014
By J.C.
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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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More About the Author

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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