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Second Coming Paperback – May 5, 2017
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About the Author
D. B. Borton teaches English at a Midwestern liberal arts college. She has published eleven mystery novels in two series, the Cat Caliban series and the Gilda Liberty series. As an academic writer she has published work on film, women’s ghost stories, and girl detectives.
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These are not hideous, grotesque, horror, life sucking aliens, but Larry and Elvis. The only thing odd about their appearance is that Elvis, well, looks like Elvis and is 7 feet tall.
Their first visit was back in 1957 when they went to New Mexico to monitor the progress of planet earth attempting to place weapons in space. They are back again and this time with an ominous message. That message being if planet Earth does not the see the error of its ways, placing weapons in space, then Earth will be destroyed.
The message is foreboding, but the tone of this delightful and humorous book is anything but doom and gloom. Interspersed in the plot are basketball games, a miraculous healing, a dog by the name of Getlo and interviews by Letterman and Oprah and more.
Second Coming by D.B. Borton is a well written and very witty fictional account that develops the cast of characters to their full extent. There is no slap-stick humor, but the narrative is filled with clever one-liners and funny commentary on a host of subjects including Graceland. Often, there are tongue-in-cheek moments, such as during the press conference, where the author takes a swipe at the serious of the message and the way the press corps handles that message.
Second Coming by D.B. Borton is a wonderful read which will probably brighten your reading nook.
Vietnam? Nuclear weapons? Do you know how close our country came to using them in one split second? Anybody?...Anybody?
Well I actually did not know that either at the time. I was busy doing 'other' things.
I did not mention the name of the author or book of 40 something years ago because D B Borton has her own unique style that makes reading fun and also deals with the radical social and political unrest as of late. I love her dry sense of humor which has mostly to do with Hank, a grad student on Spring Break, befriending two adorable aliens from another galaxy who need help trying to blend in with quirky humans and their quirky behavior.
But while Borton is introducing her hilarious alien characters (one of them wants to meet Elvis) in the first few chapters, she is also foreshadowing the fact that Hank and his new space buddies intend to actually do something about a very serious question 'Right Now'. "What if our (trusted?) leaders of (free?) countries with nuclear powers have the mind of a child?" Is it possible the earth could be destroyed by two men OR women having a pissing contest.?
Borton's socially awkward aliens need to pass on the message to those in power in DC that Earth destruction could 'domino affect ' our solar system--perhaps galaxies. Was it Newton who said "Do NOT Jack Around with Gravity"?
D B Borton's book, Second Coming, should seriously be required Freshman College reading. It's the most well crafted hilarious wake-up call I've read in a long, long time.
I consider it a very Important book for our confusing and chaotic times these days.