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Lost Cargo [Kindle Edition]

Hollister Ann Grant
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I did not want to put this book down...kudos for an ending I did not anticipate.
Overall, a gripping read with solid writing and a fast pace." 4.5 Stars: Good Book Alert book reviews

When college student Travis Maguire chases his dog into Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park wilderness, he finds more than the dog -- he discovers a camera with photos of a mysterious black triangular aircraft that crashed in the woods. Obsessed with the photos and the unknown photographer, Travis searches for the wreck, accompanied by two friends: beautiful Lexie Collins, who's convinced a UFO came down outside the city, and her brother Burke, who argues that the photos must be fake. Their lives take an unimaginable turn when they encounter a six-eyed galactic animal control officer and the murderous creature he was transporting. Lost Cargo is set in the shadows of Washington's famous streets, with wicked twists and turns and unforgettable aliens.

Editorial Reviews


"I did not want to put this book down...kudos for an ending I did not anticipate. Overall, a gripping read with solid writing and a fast pace." 4.5 Stars: Good Book Alert book reviews

From the Author

Lost Cargo's book cover shows the Pleiades star cluster, courtesy of the Nasa Image Gallery.

Product Details

  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Expedition Books (July 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great supernatural thriller with some humor! August 17, 2011
By puggle
Format:Kindle Edition
This book turned out to be much, much better than expected! It was a good mix of horror (shape-shifting alien terrorizing Washington DC), some pretty bloody action sequences, and even a little.romance (what girl wouldn't like Travis? He's funny, caring, loves his mother and sister, loves his dog, and loves to read).

The hunter/prey aspect of the book was well done, with the shape-shifter being smart enough to blend in with the environment as it stalks its prey. The main characters of Travis and Lexie, are college students who certainly act age-appropriate, but are still likeable. The author shows great humor alternating scenes where Travis is shivering, half frozen, hiding behind doors from the alien, to ones where he suddenly notices Lexie's pretty hair or cute outfit. Small plot device but it makes us like Travis all the better.

Though there's plenty of mention of the alien monster, there are fewer scenes devoted to the other alien- the one who crashed the spaceship and is trying to recapture the monster. That alien is described in more of a Disney/Pixar way that is unintentionally cute. It basically looks like a kid in a Halloween costume. It also is following Travis and Lexie since Travis stole something that it needs...

This book is not hardcore sci-fi. I wouldn't even put it under science fiction category. Supernatural thriller, perhaps.

To nitpick, the things I did not like about the book were some gaping plotholes. A fraud dentist and Travis's roommate's pregnant girlfriend were two characters whose plotlines went nowhere. Even stranger was the emphasis on the pregnant girlfriend towards the end- why? maybe the author was trying to show that life is both bitter and sweet? But in the overall book, these two characters don't really affect the main storyline.

n.b. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book to read. August 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Lost Cargo surprised me. I don't know what I expected, but this was better. I was drawn into the story and made to care about the characters (especially the 'good' alien). There were bits that made it hard for me to suspend my disbelief, like how no one in D.C. noticed a giantess among them, for one. And no one was ever around when she was eating someone in a crowded urban area.
The relationship between Lexi and Travis was very well done. They didn't fall immediately in love, or lust. They were normal people living normal lives who found themselves in an unbelievable situation, and did their best to get through it. They had good intentions and good hearts. All in all, this was a fun book to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would have been better as a short story. November 20, 2011
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"Lost Cargo" has a simple premise that makes for an enjoyable short story. An alien ship transporting a dangerous creature crash lands on earth. The alien pilot must recapture the creature. Two college kids stumble into his mission, and hilarity ensues.

Sadly, it is not nearly as enjoyable as a novel. As written there is only enough plot to be compelling as a short story. Additional characters are thrown in, clearly as filler. All of the characters, including the main characters, are shallow, cliched, and uninspired. The events that transpire are wildly coincidental. Subplots appear randomly and go absolutely nowhere. At times the writing is heavy handed and best described as 'preachy'.

With all of these things wrong I imagine you ask why I give the novel two stars. It's a valid question. As a short story this really could have worked. A strong editor could have taken this novel and boiled it down to a solid piece of a SciFi anthology. The alien creatures are interesting, and there are nice descriptions of the alien devices as well. The chase scenes are well done, and the grisly deaths (this book is not suitable for children!) are detailed and gripping. The potential is enough for me to not hate it, but that the potential is wasted makes me not like it either.

"Lost Cargo" as a short story could have earned four or five stars... however as a novel the obvious filler scenes bring it down to two.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Campy little period piece October 9, 2011
By Alrian
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Lost Cargo, with the exception of a few references to cell phones and environmental issues, reminded me a lot of Kennedy era science fiction pulps. Spaceship crash lands on earth, hungry alien monster gets loose and starts eating people, plucky hero and heroine fall in love while dodging hungry monster. Many plot twists and turns are created by the simple expedient of having the characters get into an argument, become randomly inarticulate at a crucial time, or do something else stupid which allows the monster to continue its rampage for another chapter or two. The writing isn't exactly Ray Bradbury or Ursula LeGuin. However, if you get a kick out of browsing library sales and flea markets for 1950's and 60's vintage space opera, you might find this an entertaining read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in space October 2, 2012
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Couldn't really get interested in it. It was a little bit slow. Sometimes it seemed implausible.
I was disappointed in it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing characters October 24, 2011
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Half way through the book, I was rooting for the alien monster. The actions of the main human characters seemed cowardly, uncaring, immoral, and criminal. But I don't think the author meant to portray them that way. Made for a disappointing story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read but not for hard core Sci fi fans March 18, 2012
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A fun read but not for hard core Sci fi fans. A space ship carrying a live cargo that includes a dangerous shape shifter crashes into Rock Creek Park. The crash Allows the shape shifter to escape into the park and the surrounding area. A photographer sees the downed craft and takes some pictures only to be killed shortly there after. Our main Character Travis, finds the camera and shows the photos to a family friend. at this point the story line starts to unfold.

I would recommend this as a "beach" book. A easy fun book with a balance between horror and comedy, between romance and mystery. Just perfect for taking to the beach with you.

There were a few characters that could of been developed a little more and some side stories that seem unconnected. Overall a good book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading
excellent and simple science fiction
Very entertaining. could not put the book down until finished. recommend for any one who enjoys good science fiction.
Published 1 month ago by Jeet Shergill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 3 months ago by KyLee
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost ecargo
I'm sure it was a Great adventure -- but I forgot what it was about; I will go back to it someday.
Published 6 months ago by man in the hat
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather unbelievable, nothing special
Worth what I paid for it (nothing). Had possibilities but action passed too swiftly, characters not developed in a manner that you would actually care for them, and way too many... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Old EnglishMajor
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
This was a almost can't put it down book. But I did but still it took only three days to finish. I would recommend this book to any friends. It would make a great movie.
Published 10 months ago by Jim Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky alien, boy infatuation for the girl, rainy nights--good stuff!
An inventive and original plot, well constructed, and well-written. The author showed strength in creating mood and visual scenes as the story progressed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by BJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Faint of Heart
At first I thought that this was going to be your typical alien from outer space book, however, I soon discover that it was more than that. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eve
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story w. loads of creepy action
With a creepy human-eating monster loose in Rock Creek Park and a couple of college students plus one alien trying to catch it, the story goes from creepy to creepy ... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patricia Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoops!
I apparently didn't read the summary very well before ordering. Not a big science fiction fan, but this book sucked me in. I love the DC area, so that was a big factor. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JayDubbers
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and a fun read.
I Gave this book four stars as it was a great storyline that had all the elements I look for when choosing a new book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by NoraC
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H.A. Grant lives with her beloved collie and cat in the Pennsylvania countryside, where she writes fiction and nonfiction and is pursuing an anthropology degree. Contact the author at

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