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Michael Barnett
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Book Description

Mickey Thorn has horribly frightening and realistic nightmares, almost nightly. When he awakes, the nightmare's grip still affects him to such a point, he can't tell the difference between the nightmare he was just having, and reality. Mickey knows he is suffering from night terrors . . . much worse than regular nightmares.

Lately, Mickey has begun to think of his night terrors in an entirely new way. What if, instead of bad dreams, this is real? In his frazzled mind, this bizarre notion actually makes sense to him. What if he really is being attacked by monsters from other worlds and dimensions? Oddly, compared to what he is already going through, this new idea doesn't frighten him. In fact, a part of his mind welcomes this possibility, and now he realizes that maybe he isn't the same person he once was . . . at all.

Editorial Reviews


"It was fast paced with shorter chapters, and an engaging plot that had some pretty crazy twists. And many different characters to keep things interesting. I have to say that I liked the story very much and would love to read more from this author!"  - Samantha Ryan; GoodReads, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords ★★★★★

From the Author

"I have always enjoyed Sci-fi, and waited far too long to write 'When Earthlings Weep', my first journey into this genre . . . mostly from constant prodding from my wife, who thought I should use my wild imagination for something constructive!"

Michael was born in Southern California, where weekend adventures helped broaden his interests in life, and develop his imagination. He was a voracious reader from a young age, and was glued to the TV whenever Outer Limits or Twilight Zone was on. Michael now lives in Plano, Texas, with his Wife and Mom, three labs, and one chihuahua (to rule them all!).

"I had a good time reading this book, and think the author is mad creative!" - J.T. Thomas

Product Details

  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:, Inc. (March 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VDQ6DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Return to sender April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't going to write a review for this book, but then Amazon contacted me and wanted to know what rating I would give it, and, after reading the other 4/5 star reviews (curiosity), I felt compelled to tell my story.

I read the first 3 chapters and returned the book for a refund. (nice that Amazon is so good about that) I should have gotten the preview and looked at that. If I had, I wouldn't have ordered the book. (I'm guessing this happens a lot -- the author must be losing a lot of sales -- I hope Amazon reports stats like that, because it would be a "clue" to the author) So I suggest others get the preview first to make sure you are okay with it.

I found a very obvious typo on the first page in the first few paragraphs. That was a red flag. As I read on, I found so many gramma-syntac-tical errors that I just couldn't continue. (including spelling, double-wording (e.g. "to to"), seemingly random, excessive, unnecessary, and incorrect comma usage, etc. -- MANY errors per chapter)

I suppose if errors like that don't bother you, I would guess because you don't notice them, then you could probably enjoy the book. (I'll put up with the occasional error, maybe even one per chapter, which is WAY too many, but beyond that it's too much, and starts getting very irritating, so I can't enjoy the book, and I just don't want to continue reading)

The writing style is also kind of "off". It's hard to describe. But I only read 3 chapters, so...

I gave it two stars instead of one, because it does sound like a good idea for a story, and from what little I read, it seemed to be heading in that direction. I wish I could have kept it and read it. I suggested to the author that he find someone to edit the book. If he does that, I would probably re-purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maddening, frustrating, captivating... May 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When Earthlings Weep is the story of Mickey, an ordinary Joe who suffers nightmares as a result of an experiment that was carried out on him whilst he was in the military. He morphs from good Mickey to bad Mickey, destroyer of worlds, whilst two species of aliens slug it out, one to destroy the earth, the other to save it. There is time travel, military operations, death and fantastical creatures in abundance.

First, the reason I gave it four stars, not five. The punctuation is sloppy, with commas where commas ain't ever ought to go, and the Kindle formatting changes the font sizes in unexpected places, which proves a distraction. It make it a hard read at first, but persevere, because this man can WRITE. Yes, there were places where the POV changed mid-paragraph (rookie error) but his descriptions are so beautiful, the worlds and creatures he has created so lovingly drawn, it is easy to forgive the odd technical hitch. His continuity is consistant and all the characters have relevance.

I would have loved to have learned more about Mickey, and about his life before these things started happening to him. It would have helped anchor him in my mind when reading about everyone else. and there were a LOT of characters in this book. Sometimes it was hard to follow. And I think it could have been edited far more ruthlessly, but science fiction isn't my thing and nor is militaria, so maybe what wasn't so interesting to me would have been fascinating to someone else. I also found the constant teleporting hard to follow, but in the end, just went with it, because I loved this man's writing.

Barnett writes with extraordinary range. The Jengans with their Groucho disguises and the terse dialogue of the humans bring to mind early Dean Koontz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bold trip between the good and evil within. February 3, 2014
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When Earthlings Weep is a bold trip between the good and evil within our own existence as funneled through Mickey Thorn. The challenge is to see which side of us is revealed through his ordeal – What is real, what is imagined and what are hopes are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different sci-fi tale January 8, 2014
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The story was evolving and captivating at the same time. The different types of aliens were fascinating. I enjoyed the Grouchos most of all.
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Science Fiction is not my choice of genre normally, but Michael Barnett is such a detailed writer with the most fascinating imagination I've ever read, I chose to read it through after scanning When Earthlings Weep. First, I have to say it did not disappoint! The concept and the amazing descriptions and unbelievably solid, but strange characters is why I gave this a four. The reason I kept one point off was for the sometimes difficult lack of correct punctuation and typos, especially in the beginning of the book. It was distracting and I feel no matter what one's education, professional editing/proofreading is a must. As writers, we don't always catch our own errors. Had this been done, I'm sure this would be a five star book for most.

For me, Mickey's character was a bit confusing (until the end). There was very little build-up in the beginning of the book for his character before the story led right into the 'nightmare' characters and lifestyle. It's just my opinion that there should have been a break here and there or more often going back to Mickey's normal life out of the nightmares. The last few chapters gave me insight into Mickey's normal character before the nightmares. However, if I were a huge science fiction fan as much as I am a crime fiction fan, I would have read this book twice. So I highly recommend When Earthlings Weep especially to you Science Fiction readers. It will be a luscious dessert.
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More About the Author

I was born in southern California in 1958 to parents who believed in living life to the fullist, no matter the cost. Starting in my early years we traveled all over California, and the rest of the United States. Belonging to the Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts, was a perfect excuse for weekend adventures, which included trips to mountains, state parks, beaches, and islands. During this time, in an effort to get me to read more, my parents told me that if I were to read a classic novel of at least 200 pages, then pass a question and answer test afterwards, I would receive 50 cents. This deal worked, and you soon didn't find me anywhere without my nose stuck in a book. Of course, we were in southern California during the turbulant sixties, as well. Many of the bad events helped to make me who I am. All of these adventures (good and bad) coupled with my great memory and imagination helped me lay down those old memories for easy future retrieval. When I was thirteen, my family moved to Lafayette, Indiana, near my father's home. Over the next seven years, my brothers and I worked in our Dad's business, "Barnett & Sons Electric". Late into the week nights, and on most weekends, we worked at wiring businesses, and homes. This wasa great time for character building, but we missed almost every school function with our friends. I finished high school, then attended Purdue University, studying Electrical Engineering. I had always done my best in english and writing courses, but felt my future was in the technical world. After college, I moved to Texas, then New York, where I married my wife of 31 years, Michelle, and had our single daughter. We soon moved back to Texas, and I remained employed in technical jobs; programmer, systems engineer, sales engineer, then IT manager. Throughout all of this, my true love was always with reading. Two years ago, my father died, and my younger brother began telling me that I needed to write a book about our eventful younger lives in California. I declined, but he persisted, and I finally gave in. My first book took me a year to write, but it was well worth the effort. I am so glad my brother pushed me off the cliff.


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