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Book review: The Experiencers (The Valiant Chronicles #1) by Val Tobin

I came across this author a little while ago via an indies for charity group and asked if she TheExperiencerswould be willing to do an interview (here). I instantly brought her first book as it piqued my interests.

Whilst UFO and abduction stories rarely make my reading list, I am so glad I picked up this book. The Experiencers was a thrilling read, at times I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. There is an excellent combination of the science fiction, and dystopian genres.

The story follows two protagonists on different sides of the spectrum. Michael, an Agency assassin who works to silence those intent of revealing the secrets of UFOs and government plots. He is an executor or kidnapper of those deemed a threat to the mission. A task he undertakes without question, that is until his path crosses with Carolyn’s. Carolyn is a psychic medium, abductee, wife, mother, and member of a sky watching group. All too soon Michael is forced to question the true intentions behind the Agency and there in lies the problem. He was trained not to ask questions.

This book has an excellent narrative which compels the reader onwards regardless of the hour. The characters are well-conceived and their interactions natural and involving. You can’t help but become invested in their plight and there are certain very tense moments.  I have little experience in the UFO area of literature, so the best comparison I can make would be a cross between The Men in Black, X-files, and perhaps The Chronicle.

I can honestly say that I am looking forward to picking up the second book in this series. As soon as this review is finished I am heading over to Amazon and putting it in my wishlist.

As always, here are the links:

UK: The Experiencers

US: The Experiencers


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