Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Book Review: The Roswell Conspiracy by Boyd Morrison
The Roswell Conspiracy
by Boyd Morrison
Little Brown UK
After the 1908 Tunguska blast levels a Siberian forest the size of London, a Russian scientist makes an amazing discovery amongst the debris.
In 1947, ten-year-old Fay Allen of Roswell, New Mexico, witnesses the fiery crash of an extraordinary craft unlike anything she's ever seen.
More than sixty years later, former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke rescues Fay from gunmen who are after a piece of wreckage she claims is from the Roswell incident. Incredulous of her tale, Tyler believes the attack on Fay is nothing more than a burglary gone wrong. But when he finds himself locked in the back of a truck carrying a hundred tons of explosives and heading for a top secret American base, Tyler knows that he has stumbled onto the opening gambit of something more sinister than he ever imagined.
Because disgraced Russian spy Vladimir Colchev is after an Air Force prototype code-named Killswitch, an electromagnetic pulse weapon of unprecedented power. Although Tyler is able to avert catastrophe at the US facility, Colchev gets away with the bomb and plans to turn it on America itself. To complete his mission, he needs only one other key component, a mysterious object recovered from the Roswell crash.
In a desperate race against time, Tyler must unmask a conspiracy a century in the making to rescue the United States from electronic Armageddon.
Having watched The X-Files and Roswell for many a year, how could I pass up the opportunity to read a book entitled The Roswell Conspiracy? I picked the book because of the title, but then to add icing on the cake, some of the opening chapters take place in and around Queenstown, New Zealand. This is one of my favourite places in the world and I was even more hooked. I felt like I was back there, the author described everything so well.
This book has an unusual publishing history, in that it is the third of a series but the US publisher of the first two didn't want it. The author did get a publishing deal in the UK, but not in the US, so it's a book that's both self-published and traditionally published at the same time.
It's a fantastic book and the US publisher has missed out here. Unlike with a lot of thriller/conspiracy novels the characters are well drawn with great depth, even the 'bad guys'. I adored Fay, the feisty grandmother who is determined to go along on the adventures and discoveries. The plot can be a little bit far-fetched and convoluted at times, but I was having so much fun reading it that it wasn't a bother. You can suspend your disbelief for the time it takes to read.
Mr. Morrison has written a fast-paced page-turner of a book which takes the reader on an adventure from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Russia and Easter Island to name a few. So you think you know what happened in Roswell in 1947? Think again. The author has taken a well known story but given it an entirely different spin, but I won't give it away.
You don't just feel you've read the book, you feel you've been there with the characters. It's was wonderful, a real joy to read and I was sorry to finish it. I'll definitely be looking out the first two now.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby