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Reviewed by Scott Skipper for Readers' Favorite
In Contact Us: A Jake Corby sci-fi thriller by Al Macy, two alien craft approach Earth. One hovers ominously near the orbit of Jupiter while the other descends boldly into the atmosphere and commences to encircle the planet from pole to pole. Within days, seventy percent of the population is dead. In a video announcement, the sole alien aboard the spherical ship addresses the survivors via video in the guise of Walter Cronkite. He claims that he is going to save the human race and destroying most of it was just part of the plan. The president’s top aide, Charli Keller, lures renowned troubleshooter, Jake Corby, from self-imposed exile. Jake never minces words and soon incites the alien to unleash an electro-magnetic pulse over Washington, destroying all electronic devices within a twenty-one-hundred mile radius. While the world struggles to survive, twin geniuses, Alex and Martin, puzzle over alien blueprints that Cronkite has uploaded to WikiLeaks. Will the diagrams yield a sufficiently potent weapon to destroy the alien who vows to rule the world?
Every time Contact Us veers into the absurd, Al Macy pulls it back to the straight and narrow. He strikes the right blend between the silly and the sensible. The story rotates among subplots showing how individuals cope with the disaster of losing five billion people and how world leaders strategize ways to defend the planet. Great minds and pragmatists are thrust into desperate roles as two threats, one overtly and insanely hostile and the other aloof but menacing, push the human race to the brink of destruction. Contact Us is a multi-faceted tale well worth a read.