Title: Aliens, Smith and Jones
Author: Blaine D. Arden
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 200 pages
Characters: Connor Smith & Noah Jones
POV: Third Person
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction
Connor Smith works for Primrose, an organization tasked with monitoring and tracking aliens and alien technology. It’s a job that doesn’t know the meaning of “nine-to-five”. It also doesn’t leave much room for a social life, a complication that Connor hasn’t minded, until now. At the prodding of his best friend, Connor reluctantly puts himself back in the dating pool, even though it means lying about his remarkable life.
Elsewhere, Noah Jones has led a remarkable life of his own. Stranded on Earth in 1648, Noah was forced to transform himself permanently into human form to survive. He soon learned that in doing so, he’d become effectively immortal, aging only at a glacial pace. Alone, with no way to contact his people or return home, Noah becomes a silent observer of human civilization — always in the world, but never of the world. Then, hundreds of years later, he sees a face in a crowd and instantly feels a connection that he thought he’d never feel again. But he’s too late: Connor’s already taken.
Destiny is not without a sense of humor, though, and the two men are pulled inexorably closer, snared by the same web of dangers and conspiracies. Worse, Primrose is now aware of Noah, and they aren’t ones to leave an alien unrestrained. So while Connor struggles to understand the strange pull he feels toward Noah, forces without as well as within are working against them to keep them apart.
Having read some of Blaine D. Arden’s other tales, this one seemed a much more dry read than they were. I was a little disappointed by this story. It had a great deal of possibility, an interesting plot and storyline, and an original character in the way of Noah. I found Noah to be well written in that his experiences were believable, even down to why he chose “Noah” for a name.
Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into the story. The start was intriguing, and the way Connor and Noah first meet is very interesting, but the bad guy is given away to the reader far too early (even though the main characters remain unaware).
Overall, it was enjoyable enough, but I marked it down 1/2 a kiss for the too-early reveal.
Reviewed By: Alison