- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 4, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414019092
- ISBN-13: 978-1414019093
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morningstar Pass: The Collapse of the UFO Coverup
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About the Author
Victor Norgarde was born in Minnesota and in keeping with his ancestry, desires to die sword in hand. He was educated on the West Coast and served proudly in several theatres of the Cold War. He has been married twice and has several children. He has traveled widely in Europe and Asia. His favorite authors are Joseph Conrad, Tom Clancey and Frank Herbert. His favorite science fiction novels are Dune, The Galactic Patrol, and The Mote in God's Eye. Victor Norgarde, a trained scientist, presently works in the aerospace field and hopes to inspire the young to actualize the science fiction he writes. He presently resides and teaches in the Southeast.
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The book starts out pretty well, though the descriptions of everything in the beginning are overdone. The author's scientific training shows, and clearly he is an acute observer.
Having read the whole thing, I give it a 2 on a scale of 1 to 5. It's way too long, and he drops these weird little characters in all over who make little sense. Quite a few subplots, many of which don't go anywhere. That's OK, but the whole book degenerates into a B movie script with these psycho comic book characters and absurd plot twists that bounce from place to place. ( "Dr. Pain" and the Devil-Satyrs and piles of human bones in a cave?)
He also has everyone suddenly falling on the ground and weeping or having fits all the time (hardened military leaders for example) because the "angelic heroine" (who boinks with both men and women while resting in her Christian faith - I suppose that's accurate enough in the deep south?) has been captured by the space aliens and is being tortured.
Everyone falls apart like Daffy duck on a bad day at the slightest mention of space aliens too - from the beginning. Rather like hearing, "Ta-DUM! every time "space alien" is said while watching a stage play. Or it's sort of like watching a B movie in which everyone cries all the time and dirge music is played throughout. Quite tiresome and so unrealistic.
Then there are these funny things dropped in like "Suddenly the Pleaideians flying saucer spots the astronauts who have drifted away from the shuttle and can't get back." Yeah. Right. And 3/4 of the way through the book you find out that this (of course gorgeous) female from the Pleaides can teleport? And there are these other "drop-in" aliens who drive around in Lincoln Town cars that float instead of have wheels (somehow nobody notices?) and these guys all look like squat Bulgarian hit men in black trench coats? And they live inside of dingy freight containers in an old warehouse? And they don't bathe? For the love of Mike - why? I'm sorry, I can't justify that. And then the S&M scene for the heroine... Yeah, I finished it because I said I would. But lordy it got very weird.
The author has his physics down, I'll say that, which one would expect so given his profession as rocket scientist. But his biology is ridiculous. Somehow these evil gray aliens don't share our chemistry or ancestry and yet are able to create human-alien hybrids? (Say what?) And there are not one, but two species of other (mostly nice) space aliens who look exactly like us and want to steal our women? It's rather comical to a biologist or MD. :-) Come, come. If an author is going to have aliens stealing our beautiful young women for breeding experiments, fun and frolic, you have to explain how they could possibly be interested, or how it could work.
That would be counteracted except - there the only message to the book I got was "god will help you if you pray in a tight spot, and there are evil people, and maybe space aliens are the satanic demons from hell." But then, kerplop, one of the bad aliens is quite nice and talks like a new-age biff brain who can calculate numbers to 20 decimal places like a computer. I didn't really find a thread of something to say except the action line - which is less than some Batman comics have. Oh, dear.
There is a cult movie that made a lot of money called "Killer Clowns From Outer Space". If his book was a movie he might get a following just because it was so weird. College students would go see it and roll in the aisles.
But - the book has some very good passages, which is why I think this author should continue to write. I see this book as "flushing the tanks" for this author - clearing things out so something better can come out. It takes time to become a good or great writer, just like it takes time to become a good scientist. More power too him - and I look forward to his next work.
By Victor Norgarde
Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 2003. 711 pp., $28.95
*Morningstar Pass: The Collapse of the UFO Coverup" was neither an easy book to read nor easy to lay down. I actually got the novel from the author on a CD early in the summer of 2003, prior to its publication. Author Victor Norgarde (pseudonym of Dr. John Brandenberg, co-author of *Dead Mars, Dying Earth), assured this reviewer it was a troubling book, and he was correct. The novel is a very credible extrapolation of what may be behind the "ultra top-secret" nature of the UFO problem.
Cassandra Chen and Pamela Monroe are two CNN or Fox News type investigative reporters that by happenstance get drawn into the UFO question. Both are initially skeptical but soon realize there is much more to this subject than what they have been conditioned to believe. Author Norgarde/Brandenburg then takes the reader into most of what is already known about the UFO enigma, the "facts," the theories and also the paranoia that has infused the field for well over 50 years.
If UFOs are real--and anyone who has ever truly studied this obfuscated field *must recognize something exceedingly strange is going on--then government will be involved. Military and intelligence will attempt to keep a firm handle on UFOs if for no other reason than to maintain the status-quo. The implications of a star-born alien intelligence coming to this planet are simply too staggering to ignore. The thought of such an event must keep the secrecy handlers in the throes of chronic insomnia, and the idea of such information being publicly released must be terrifying in the extreme. Author Norgarde/Brandenburg point this out in the following excerpt:
"But there is just one problem." Tornow's face clouded. He turned and stared out across the river to the Capitol dome, now brilliant in the cold sunlight. "This means big trouble, big trouble in River City over there. And I am not talking just about the fact that the President is rumored to have a mistress. Though that, combined with this, is tragic. This, these documents, suggest an incredibly dangerous situation that must be ended. However, if we are successful, as we must be, and this blows wide open, then there will be a Constitutional crisis. We will have one because we have a secret treaty with a nation whose existence is not even publicly known, and it has never been ratified by the Senate, and it was negotiated without the Senate's advice and consent, by ambassadors the Senate has not approved. And that constitutes the most serious violation of the law of the land I can possibly imagine ... and presiding over this we have a U.S. President who is already in deep trouble, who is failing."
"The very presence of these documents in this office," continued Howard, "also means something is coming apart in the deep blackness, that something that has functioned in darkness for decades is now broken ... or spun out of control. Secrets of this level, they just don't get leaked; somebody important decides to leak them, someone who is desperate. This stuff is so deep black it's got an LFA on it, that's a Lethal Force Authorization, to keep it secret."
This is not a light summertime read, make no mistake about that. And to be totally truthful, it sometimes is not even a fun read. But I think it is an exceptionally important read, and though written as a fictional novel, I believe this book has much more truth to it than can easily be dismissed.
*Morningstar Pass has a feel that takes the reader into the "inner sanctum" of deep, black government. You will recognize a number of the characters depicted therein, providing you have been paying attention to this field for any length of time. What you will read won't be the most comforting thing you've ever picked up, yet I found myself admiring the characters because one important essence that keeps shining through: The indomitable trait of truly free human spirit and will refusing to bow down to tyranny and the forces of darkness. People demand to be free and to know the TRUTH. God help us as a species if we ever lose that uniquely human trait that makes us what we are.
Morningstar Pass can be purchased on-line at Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble and 1st Books.--Don Ecker