4 out of 4 stars
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Odd, vivid dreams keep bothering London schoolteacher Cecily Denfeld; in those dreams, she is someone else. Then Cecily begins having insights of Charles and Vivian while she is conscious. Unbeknownst to her, some of her dreams match reality. In her dreams, Charles Ryder and Vivian Venables, the people whose lives she is experiencing in her dreams are trying to escape from men raining bullets on them. The two are on a mission of recovering a top-secret document of the U.S. government. Danger escalates as powerful individuals in the government seem determined to preserve a secret. Charles' pursuit of the truth transports him to an underground facility governed by aliens from the star system Omver. He is shocked to discover his country is in partnership with aliens. How will he escape and expose the truth to the world? The Site by Carlos Valrand intertwines the lives of Cecily, Vivian and Charles in this exciting psychological sci-fi novel.
When you thought all stories about aliens were extensively explored, Valrand came up with a fascinating plot. He knew how to hold his readers' interest. It was like a puzzle; each chapter drew me closer to the mystery. It was nearly impossible to put the book down: the twists and turns were unexpected. His amazing narrative extended to his creativity of integrating his story with some historical data and made it believable.
The Site came up with likable characters. Each one played a significant role in the story. I particularly liked Charles’s character. He does not dwell on his feelings and emotions; he readily accepts his present situation and acts immediately. Being an engineer afforded Valrand the avenue to come up with unusual structures and concepts in the story and made it sound feasible. His explanations sounded realistic and believable. His amazing narrative made it easy for me to visualize Charles battling the hideous monsters, the unusual transportation modules and the aliens’ seats that adjust about their occupants.
There was a barrage of unusual names and terms as I read on. It was confusing at first and it took me a while before I got used to the peculiarity. In the end, I could only be amazed at the author's talent for coming up with bizarre names. There is nothing to dislike about the book.
There were minimal grammatical errors: a misspelled word, a word that should not be capitalized and incorrect use of a punctuation mark.
The author’s take on aliens on Earth is refreshing and engaging. The minimal grammatical errors led me to believe the author utilized a proper proofreading tool. I give The Site by Carlos Valrand 4 out 4 stars.
If you like sci-fi novels about extraterrestrial beings, this is spot on. I believe the novel ended with a cliff-hanger, so if you are not into this type of ending, look elsewhere.
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