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Name of Alt [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Kierstead
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Book Description

Mankind's worst critic just landed on Earth. Fortunately, so did his owner.

Altinison Borahamen (Alt) along with his super-intelligent, shrewd, curmudgeon of a pet, Khan, decide to make their pit stop on Earth stand for something meaningful. Instead of just collecting some materials that they need to repair their navigation and communications system, they make a critical decision.

They decide it is time, finally, to make contact with humans.

Alt decides to write his story with brief input from Khan as they hide on Earth--a story that he believes will warm humankind up to the idea of in-the-flesh contact with aliens without making himself and Khan targets or disrupting life on Earth for the worse. He will try to gauge when humans are ready, and when they are, he and Khan will emerge.

Alt's story illuminates the history of aliens on Earth, the mistakes humans have made and are making without preaching, the details about several different species of aliens including one dangerous species that has visited Earth and will return, what his home is like, and the technology that will launch the world centuries into the future.

A colorful and understandable tale of failures and triumphs, of science and emotion, and of brand new comedy shared between Alt, his species and his pet. You don't have to be a sci-fi enthusiast to enjoy this book! It is about all of us.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This book is a product of what happens when one imagines, with depth and clarity, what a real alien encounter would probably be like while smashing the stereotypes that plague alien stories.  This is part of why I wrote it, and most of why I love it.  If Alt showed up on a talk show today, I would not be surprised, even a little bit (unless he brought Khan with him)...

From the Inside Flap

Mary was abducted, Jesus is a hybrid, and a small army of Israelite soldiers almost kicked the butts of some unsuspecting aliens, which would have changed everything.  And that's just the beginning.

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Kevin A. Kierstead; 1 edition (January 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L2LKRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this about a month ago. I loved the tone and perspective of the speaker. Don't want to spoil it for anyone so I will say little more. I will say, what a great idea to have an alien perspective of humanity spoken through such a witty narrative. Kudos!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer Shares Personal Interview With ET "Alt" June 30, 2011
Something compelling happens when you start reading words written by Kevin Kierstead. I swear he must be a newspaper writer somewhere... You may have read my reviews of his other humorous works. Name of Alt is "somewhat" more serious in nature. It is the story of Alt, an alien, an extra-terrestrial who is 172 years old. He's been appointed to share much of importance with us here on earth...

What? You don't believe in life existing on other planets. Well, I'm not so sure I do either, but I try to be open-minded. After all, how many chances do you get to learn directly from an alien. After all, most of what we've heard has been filtered through government sources and stifled for the most part.

Let's face it, if it wasn't for writers such as Kierstead, where would we get any of this information? Kierstead has spent much time doing internet research and even credits NASA, The History Channel, National Geographic, Neil Commins (The Hazards of Space Travel), and Erich Anton Paul von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods) in his acknowledgments.

Alt is a Douzian Explorer. Full name Altinison Borahamen. He quickly notes that is as close as he can translate into the sounds in our world. I'll just call him Alt... Like E.T., Alt admits he's lost. Actually I have no problem with that. After all, our own vehicles have technical breakdowns. Why not a space ship?

I tried to picture Alt from his own description--he says he's not too different from us, except he doesn't have a nose and his hands are shaped differently with two large fingers and two thumbs. He's about 5 feet tall, so we need not be afraid, right?

Like other stories, Alt says that aliens are peaceful, while admitting that people are indeed abducted...
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entrancing February 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not use to reviewing books so this might not be as polished as most are accustomed to. I just want to let everyone know that you have to read this book. It was very
captivating and witty. I was very pleasantly surprised. You will fall in love with the characters.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you were an alien living life on earth, how would you out yourself. If you had knowledge of the other aliens that lived and visited earth over the centuries, what would be the proper way to come forward? Especially if you needed something to fix your craft, so you could go home.

In Name of Alt, Kevin A Kierstead had brought us a story of an alien, one of the Douze, a crotchety 172-year-old named Altinison Borahamen. Because it is not really a true representation of his name, he has kindly agreed to let us call him Alt, much easier on our tongue. Accompanied by his companion Khan, a very sarcastic but intelligent alien, Alt is ready to show himself. Khan is different from himself, and yet even with his technology, his family cannot tell what or who Khan is. Not able to get home Alt needs some liquids and metals from earth to repair his craft so he can be on his way.

However knowing the human race is very warlike about things they do not understand, he has come up with a plan, a journal of sorts explaining everything thing he knows about his own race as well as those that have lived and visited the planet over the millennia.

Believing that introducing himself in this fashion will make actual contact easier, Alt has had to take a consensus of the other aliens to get approval of this plan. In Alt Kevin has created a real character, with sarcasm and humor. His friend Khan is the perfect foil to their odd relationship, and the interplay is often quite hilarious. Kierstead has used this mode of information to interject and explain sightings from around the world of different aliens. Through it all Alt has information and reasoning for everything.
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More About the Author

Born in Ft. Wayne, IN and raised in southeastern VA, Kevin A. Kierstead was published by the age of 10 (editorial). After graduating high school in 1990, he joined the U.S.A.F. for four years while being published as the feature and sports writer for the North Pole Independent Newspaper, securing an exclusive interview with a new gold and silver Olympic medalist, Tommy Moe. He also finished his first fiction novel during his military service.

He later studied at Christopher Newport University, majoring in Psychology and English with a writing concentration, 1996-99, 2002-04.

He believes it hasn't all been done, and that everybody has a story to tell. He believes that rules and constraints must often be scrutinized and tested. His genres vary, including science-fiction, humor, and suspense thrillers. He hopes to sign with a major publishing house but is also entirely content as long as his readers are satisfied.

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