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Alien Texas Paperback – August 19, 2014
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Either way, these shorts aren't your typical endless waves of alien mother ships leveling the world one continent at a time. These stories are the slow burns, where people are dealing with the struggles that alien life has dropped into their lives. There's no massive explosions, but there are surprises, and as Steve focuses on the personal experience, it makes the stories more vivid and real than any Hollywood blockbuster with billion dollar budgets.
Plus, it all takes place in Texas...
If you've ever visited Austin, Texas you'll recognize the setting of the first story. What starts out as a very cool look at near future technology turns into a story Rod Serling would of loved as an episode of 'The Twilight Zone'.
Just a little aside here: the way Statham comes up with near future tech, in these stories but especially in his Connor Rix books, some Think Tank needs to employ this guy because his ideas are on the cutting edge.
The second tale concerns a soldier who has returned to Earth after a long brutal war campaign on a distant planet. Unfortunately he comes to find he hasn't completely left the war behind. Tightly written and intense this is my favorite story in the book.
The final yarn concerns the aftermath of an alien invasion. Even after the battle is "won" there are still horrors to deal with.
This is Statham's first short story collection after several excellent novels. I hope he comes out with more because these are great!