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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
As a former member of the US Air Force, Marie Peterson is reminded daily of what she misses about her years on active duty versus her current civilian life. The structure, the discipline, and most of all, the sense of service to her country. She often thinks of reenlisting, and the arrival of a secretive stranger with military credentials and total knowledge of her past life and military service tips the scale. What Marie believes will be a standard reenlistment turns out to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the stakes of which could determine the future of everyone on the planet.
Jodie Swanson clearly knows her foundational subject... the idiosyncrasies of life and military service. She uses that knowledge along with an “outside the box” imagination to develop the fascinating science fiction/fantasy premise of Enlistment. The possibility of alien life forms having directly influenced the development of life, especially human life, on planet Earth is not new, but it certainly comes across as new in Swanson’s first-person account by the lead character, Marie. As a hard-core believer in developing a sense of reality (verisimilitude) in all facets and genres of fiction writing, I was very impressed by Swanson’s ability to make the appearance and background of alien visitation and their imprint on the development of life on Earth not only plausible but completely believable—not an easy task! I loved the story for its realism and imagination. I can easily see Marie as the heroine in future works. In summation, Enlistment by Jodie M. Swanson is a highly entertaining, fast-paced sci-fi and fantasy tale that, once read, will not be soon (if ever) forgotten, and readers will be looking for more novels from this talented author.