Tegon Maus’ description:
After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away, at least it was, until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement.
After helping her to escape, she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from. His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers. The only thing he knows for certain . . . the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide . . . “IS BELT.”
Travis Borne’s review:
What a medley of cool characters!
An exotic, quixotic, fantastically fun, and funny adventure!
What a rush! Three Stooges meets The 5th Element. And throw in some Back to the Future I, II, and III. It’s one thing after another when BOB and “Andy” get together. The story kept me guessing more than, perhaps, any other novel I’ve ever read! And in fantastically fun, sometimes extraterrestrially jarring and/or just plain weird, or all-out insanely creative ways, the author managed to surprise and SHOCK my imagination. I thought my brain was going to blow out the top of my head from the vivid imagery! I had been bolted to, no less, an earthquake!
If you like a tale that has a bit of everything, then this one is for you. If you like fun science-fiction, sexy ladies and strange aliens, and a strange possible future, and the outlook from it, back to now, written by wielding clever perspectives that teeter-totter between downright hilarious and plausibly possible, then this story is for you!
There’s the cliche “Grays,” those skinny and short aliens with large eyes, but you won’t find a single other platitude in *this* adventure. There’s mall fiascos that’ll make your face a red-hot chili-pepper—and BOB, with his borderline absurd accent, and all of his ‘cousins,’ and Peter “Andy” Anderson, who the story is centered around. Andy is basically normal guy, who’s entering a madhouse, a nonstop, quixotic, ludicrous, even a *chimerical* concatenation of events! (Yes, I actually said chimerical—you’ll see). And of course, there’s the one and only…awesome Emma. She is my favorite. She’s beautiful and smart, but ignorant; well, partly, because of where she’s from. And she has quite the power, too, being from ____ (don’t want to spoil it). But, I will teeter the line a tad: being an ‘enchancer’ allows for that great shopping-mall fun I spilled the beans about earlier (yet still, not telling you what actually happened). And Emma’s curious about her ‘trip’ to the ____(still not spoiling it!); it’s a chance to, as the author put it, “witness the orgy of commercialism.” HA! I loved that one! Describes our ‘now’ perfectly and hilariously, and the book is filled dozens of clever quips, just like that one.
BOB puts a clever new spin on the concept of time travel (just that, that’s all you’re gettin’), which is what drew me in to reading it in the first place (so, you already knew).
The writer has a unique style of writing that, I must admit, took me some time to get used to, but once I got to about 40% in, I found myself unable to put the book down. Warning, though, spontaneous laughter may occur as the clothes come off in this fantastical, fun, and out-of-this-world chronicle. With Bob behind the wheel, Andy in the back seat, Emma causing havoc across both seats, and as if they’d swallowed a gallon of oysters each, the aphrodisiac kicks in hard. So, quickly head to the secret ‘watch-repair’ shop, into other dimensions and exotically more, with some of the coolest and craziest people you’ll ever meet.
Yep, new characters are introduced almost continually, and continually they dazzle the imagination. And there’s the author’s wonderfully colorful, ingenious descriptions. Reading BOB is running up the stairwell, sometimes creeping up one step, sometimes three at a time, sometimes double even that or rocket-ship speed, and never knowing what’s going to pop out and get you as you round each corner. Five stars solid! Three for FUN, FUN, and more FABULOUS FUN. One for clever twists and turns. And finally, one star for the diverse and entertaining medley of cool characters, who surely jolted this story into a category of its own. Don’t pass on BOB, but maybe, pass on the chocolates…