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Bob by Tegon Maus starts with Peter Anderson, a newspaper reporter for 27 years, but who now has a career that has been slipping for the past few years. He no longer gets the priority stories and this trend continues when he is sent to cover a series of strange lights flashing in the night sky over Arizona. But this isn’t anything like he expected when he soon finds himself mixed up in one of the strangest events of his life. It all starts when he meets his arranged driver named Bob, an offbeat, strange and confusing Russian who keeps repeating the phrase, ‘IS BELT.’
Peter and Bob’s first encounter is with an odd professor on a farm protected by armed men somewhere outside the city. The professor gives Peter a disk showing what appears to be some type of alien spacecraft. On further investigating, the unlikely partners find a mysterious young woman trapped with her hands nailed to a table. They manage to rescue her, but she then promptly disappears before Peter can learn any more about her. If that isn’t strange enough, it is only the beginning of an adventure that takes Peter to places and events that he would never have thought possible.
I really enjoyed reading Bob. The author has taken the usual themes of science fiction, aliens and time travel, and updated and presented these in ways to make them new and interesting. The cast of characters - Bob, Peter, Emma and Tobias - are well defined and the plot, while quirky, is filled with action and quite nicely done. The ending is satisfying and sets up the possibility of sequels to come. If you like good science fiction, give Bob a read. It's a very good story.