Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Coming Home Again
AUTHOR: Scott Roche
PUBLISHER: Iron Kilt Productions
LENGTH: 51 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2016
Captain Maximillian Blair had always hoped to discover there was life on other planets. His job at one of the government’s most secure research facilities put him in the position to learn the truth, one way or another. When he met a stranger from the stars, he didn’t expect to be charged with discovering the man’s secrets at any cost. Or to fall in love. How deadly would the truth prove to be? And can his love be the world’s salvation or will it be its damnation?
Max has always hoped that he’d find some sign of life on other planets but he certainly never expected to go into work and find that, not only does that alien life emphatically exist, he’s going to be getting up close and personal with it. Giving their unexpected visitor a checkup is perfectly fine, he is a doctor after all, but when his job is threatened unless he can ‘procure’ additional information, at any cost, Max balks before reluctantly giving in. Determined to do what he’s been ordered to do without compromising his morals is easier said than done, however, and the situation is further complicated when he finds himself attracted to his patient…and learns the attraction is mutual. When military meddling inadvertently sets in motion events that could lead to the start of an intergalactic war, Max will have to choose for himself what’s more important; his life as he knows it or the man that’s quickly stealing his heart.
While not overly detailed, I liked this story quite a bit. The ‘alien’ aspect of the story was much different than I had anticipated, and I was happy to be surprised by that. The author also chose to go with an ‘old style’ flying saucer for the space ship but still managed to make it unique from what I’d been expecting, which was nice. Things do move quickly in this story, necessitated by the length, but I didn’t feel as though the story was overly rushed and was overall quite satisfied. I would have liked to have seen the main characters together in the future or perhaps Max getting to leave Earth but the story left off in a good place and I didn’t feel cheated by not getting anything extra. If the author ever decided to revisit this and either expand it or write another story with these same characters, I’d be interested in reading it for sure. 🙂
This was just a nice little read that turned out much different than expected but in a good way. If you want something easy to read with a hint of the extraterrestrial, you might want to consider this story.