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Taken (Stories of the Alien Invasion) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 11, 2017
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About the Author
Mel Corbett wants to be a werewolf, no a vampire, no a fairy, no an ancient alien theorist. Well, she at least writes about all of those. Mel is also in love with Giorgio Tsoukalos’s hair and while she isn’t saying that it was aliens, it was totally aliens! She studies Spanish linguistics at UC Davis and lives with her husband, two 55 pound balls of fluff, and her infant son. She writes fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. Find more at MelCorbett.com.
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“Taken” is a typical alien invasion spectacle where spacecraft suddenly show up one day and panicked humans are sent scurrying to find hiding places far from urban centers. Corbett’s tale delves into not just one person’s story, but a number of individual scenarios whereby a group of characters—along with their families/friends—desperately try to get out of harm’s way before they’re captured by the machines. Corbett’s plotline does move forward at a good pace, but her characters could do with some further development to make them more memorable and endearing.
By building up the horror of the pursuit without showing the actual predator until the very last minute—a Hitchcock ploy, Corbett’s work inspires a certain degree of mystery and terror. As a result, the reader is propelled through this story wondering exactly who—or what—is responsible for all this mayhem. Fast-paced scene-switches ensure that each facet of this tale comes together to provide an overall look at how human beings react in times of crises, and an end-of-story cliffhanger guarantees the continuance of this Sci-Fi survival adventure, leaving readers anticipating the arrival of Corbett’s next chapter of The Redskull series.
As mentioned before, the book is short, and with that, some things could improve in later series. The timeline with each side story did not match for me. The plot had many questionable scenarios, where it would distract me from the flow of the work. However, besides this, it was a well-written novella. It is evident that the author has a passion for writing and I believe it is wonderful to see the ambition and will of literature, within the content of the work so pleasantly laid out.