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Letters from an Alien [Kindle Edition]

Mary Carmen
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Book Description

Jack Olsen is a conscientious worker, a reporter for the New York Times, just after the melting of the polar ice caps. In 2030, Jack answers a message on his computer from Alyadille, who says it is writing from the fifth planet orbiting the star Eta Bootes.
This answer is the start of Jack's great adventures. He finds love and professional rewards as he researches the information Alyadille asks for and uses information it sends. Other members of his family get involved with Alyadille and its problems, and Jack himself becomes a Principal Investigator in a project to validate a scientific paper sent by the Senior Scientist on V Eta Bootes.
Is this entity real or is he just a "kook in Omaha" playing a joke on America's most distinguished academic researchers? Jack spends many years not knowing the truth, but between 2030 and 2048 he assumes the entity exists and needs his help to save its old and scientifically advanced civilization. Then, in 2048, the entities from V Eta Bootes land in America.

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About the Author

Mary Carmen is a management consultant based near Cheyenne, Wyoming. She manages projects for information technology departments of large financial and governmental organizations, traveling from engagement to engagement with a Russian Blue cat, Fyodor.Ms. Carmen has worked as a computer programmer, programming department manager, systems analyst, and technical writer. Before studying computer programming, Ms. Carmen taught English in a public school in Georgia in the year that school integrated. Ms. Carmen received a B.A. degree in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from St. Mary's College of California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 18, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016D4TIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very nice January 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have several books for sale on the Kindle site, so I know how important reviews are for indie authors. I am happy leave on for this charming book. Any work composed entirely of letters doesn't sound like it would pull you in (84 Charing Cross Road is one exception), but this one does. In short order you get to know Jack Olsen and his family, plus many characters of an alien race. I found myself reading to a stopping place and needing to leave (I'm on vacation now), but making excuses to rip through another letter or three.

This book is hard to describe, but works wonderfully. A few plot threads could have been developed a bit more, perhaps, but thus is life, and this story does reflect it. It's a gentle, feel-good work that I thoroughly enjoyed. I shall have to look for more of her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read August 17, 2012
By D. Mann
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been reading this via the Kindle ap on my Android phone. What a very enjoyable and fascinating read. Reminds me of the various books of the early 1900's wherein someone would find a packet of letters or notes about space travel and alien cultures. The author writes with a degree of seriousness and humor which is lovely. She really knows how to poke a stick in the eye of politics, scientists, Defense Department characters and she humanized the Aliens just as did the author of "Mission of Gravity".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Alan
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When I first started to read Letters from an Alien I must admit I was initially hesitant however as I progressed through the book I became more and more interested and finally found it difficult to put down. I found this book very easy and enjoyable to read and often looked forward to the replies from the alien in answer to questions from Jack. In all I would recommend this book as a diversion from the usual high tech science fiction I usually am attracted to.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Format But Very Enjoyable February 19, 2012
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I almost passed over this book due to the fact that I couldn't imagine myself being interested in a story that was told entirely as a series of letters. That said, I'm glad I took the chance. The author has created a very readable and engaging story that was not as strange as I had feared. I see now that if you remove the Greetings, Complimentary Closings and the Signatures, the format would not be different from most other books.
Take a chance and try this book, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 14, 2012
By RonR
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There isn't really much more to say. A wonderful little story told in a unique format that keeps the reader fully engaged. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down February 10, 2012
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Excellent book. I loved it and really did have a hard time putting it down. Its written in letter/emails back and forth format. Each letter kept me interested and I wanted to keep reading more and more. Through the letters you follow the life story of a newspaper reporter, the alien who contacts him and the lives of the reporters family members.
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Mary Carmen is the penname of a science fiction writer based near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Mary Carmen likes to write about entities, both Earthlings and aliens, who have interesting character traits. She believes Earthlings are far less advanced in science than entities from other planets, so her stories do not ever involve a military action where Earthlings have a ghost of a chance of success.

Entities from other planets seek out Earthlings in Mary Carmen's stories so Earthlings can provide food and art. The Land Grant colleges and other agricultural institutions have allowed Earthlings to develop skills and procedures to create a diverse cornucopia of fare, and other planets look to Earthlings for these foods. In addition, other planets admire the various art forms that have been associated with civilizations on Earth for millennia, and entities from those planets want to decorate their homes with oils and knickknacks produced on Earth.

Mary Carmen believes that life is both serious and funny, and she tries to inject drama and humor into every novel.

She is the granddaughter of a Methodist minister and the daugher of two schoolteachers. She has worked for a number of years as an IT consultant.

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