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Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Jim Thompson is having a bad year.
Last year; he celebrated his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, had a good job he liked, and a home for retirement he built himself.
This year, at fifty-four years of age; he is divorced, unemployed, and homeless.
Fortunately, his luck is about to change.
Enter Vincent, an extraterrestrial visitor with a crucial mission to save both our world and his, and a lesson on just how small Jim's place in the universe is.
To help the alien and save two worlds, Jim must overcome his shortcomings to become the hero Vincent so desperately needs.

Vincent (SF/Thriller)
By Jonathan G. Meyer
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN # 978-1548404987
Price $11.95 (Paperback)
Price $4.99 (Kindle)
240 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Jim Thompson is living in the back of his pickup truck under a bridge.  At 54 years old, he was married for 25 years, with a good job, a home he had built. Then his world came crashing down when his wife asked for divorce, and she took the house in the settlement. Rummaging through trash in an alley for things he might be able to sell, one day he finds what he thinks is someone’s toy drone, a small silver disk. Dragging it back to his pickup, he is suddenly bathed in a strange blue light and shrinks to the size of a mouse. The portal in the silver disc opens and he’s drawn inside. The disc is a flying saucer, and an AI named Vincent explains that he was responsible for bringing a highly destructive weapon to Earth, and must retrieve it and return it to his own world, Senara. However, being a machine Vincent needs a human to do its fetching. The previous human turned out to be an ex senator named Jack Smith who wants the weapon for himself, and has hired mercenaries to help him. Smith has half the machine hidden away on an island, but needs the second part, a key. Vincent needs Jim to obtain the key for him, then attack the island stronghold of Jack Smith and retrieve the other part of the machine. Jim needs a helper, and along comes Claire Haversham, a widow about his own age.

I loved this story. The writing is smooth, and reads fast, and the characters come alive. There is action from the beginning through the end when a hurricane hits the island as Vincent, Jim and Claire are attempting to steal the part being held by Jack Smith. The island is basically swept away as the winds destroy everything on the island, and Jack Smith captures the little team in his below ground shelter where he holds the alien weapon. Just on the brink of saving two worlds, Senara and Earth, it looks like our heroes have failed. Can help come from another source in time to save them? Highly recommended to SF and Adventure fans.

Tom Johnson


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