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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Eddie Upnick
- Audible.com Release Date: September 19, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00NQ9CYD8
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Join Roger, Zera, and a few alien friends as they mediate peace and resort to war, when necessary, to save struggling civilizations on other planets. The shift from the problems on Earth to those in other worlds is so smooth that I forgot that the stuff I was reading was not fact. The author did a great job of introducing aliens of all kinds and making me understand their feelings and dilemmas. There were a few that I wanted to annihilate myself, but for the most part most of them were likeable creatures. What difference should short, hairy bodies; foreheads with horns; and skinny bodies with one eye make? I loved the action, but I also loved the humanity portrayed as well. In just about every situation, Roger and Zera tried to do the right thing and protect the home planets of those they met. You will experience espionage, love, parenthood, trust, and cunning written in a manner that will keep you turning the pages. Yes, Roger and Zera are heroes, but will they ever return to Earth, or will they become the only two of the human race left? There has to be a sequel because I want to know the answers to these questions!
I highly recommend this book to those who love a mystery with some sci-fi thrown in. Just know that once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down!
Lonely Heroes is the fourth book in Eddie Upnick's series. However, time wise, this book fits between Time Will Tell and Future Tense. Although these books are part of a continuing series, each book stands well on it's own for first time readers. If you like fast paced action, Upnick's writing style is for you. I am amazed at how many story lines there are in these books. Personally, I am glad Putin doesn't have Upnick's imagination, as Roger Taylor, the CIA's best, must stop Putin's diabolical plot early in the story.
Lonely Heroes takes Roger Taylor, who eventually teams up with Zera, an under cover Mossad agent. They meet at the Natanz nuclear facility and are eventually drawn into an aliens on Earth assignment, with the survival of the human race at stake. Reality based Science Fiction is what I call Eddie Upnick's books. The books all begin with real life issues, moving into Sci-Fi gradually. A fast, creative, and entertaining read.
The Russians plan to tank the US markets, to weaken the US economy by falsifying a report of a collision NEO (near Earth object). Roger attempts to get the daughter back, and so many unbelievably lucky events follow: he got 3 letters of license plate (hardly likely), he gained entry with stolen ID (again, hardly likely), etc. At one point, Upnick says: "Everything went according to plan. Honestly, that rarely happens in this business." That was a great line for me because I knew Upnick knew it was nigh unbelievable and was just forcing it to happen. After that, the pace just picks up and it's like you're a snowball rolling down a hill, gaining speed and alien races aplenty. He gets back in the CIA game and colludes with Zera, a Mossad agent, who is also undercover while Roger is. You have psychic twin four year olds. You have time travelers who came back from the year 2133 to 1938 to change the outcome of WWII. You have time-jumping for profit (making money off stocks); threats of sterility for an entire planet; and a general rushing about to save the world several times; and gifts from the Defender: The Ten Fingers ability for Zera and protective lenses for Roger. K-DAY is the climactic arrival of the Kraz, and you can't wait to see what happens.
At one point, Roger says "My ability to be shocked by anything at this point was gone." that pretty much summed up my sentiments as a reader, too. I had a few laughs, too. During the aliens' stint on earth in NY, their favorite shows were "The Price is Right, Game of Thrones, and anything on the Sci-Fi channel"...and silent movies because of the language barrier ;) I could picture that. Barrack Obama and Vladmir Putin both get name-dropped (though Barack is misspelled; was that intentional?).
Stylistically, this is very fast-paced, which makes for a quick read. Upnick also leans toward a casual, laid-back storytelling style, which informs the reader quickly but without feeling too rushed. You're done reading before you know it and only then take the time to reflect on all that has just happened! Lonely Heroes is a wonderful title, as it reflects not only Roger and Zera's status at the beginning (separately) but at the end as well.
There was quite a bit going on, and I found it difficult to keep track of all the alien races if I put the book down, so I recommend reading Lonely Heroes all in one sitting (very possible, with such a fast pace and so few pages). You have the Flento race, the Kraz Empire (which is an enemy of Earth), the Platerians (who enjoy a 27-hour day), the Deltorians, the Regox, and the Ilock. It was not until I finished the book that I realized Upnick provided the reader with a CHARACTERS AND TERMS reference at the end, which would be helpful on a follow-up read-through.