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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Jessica’s Footprints is a science fiction novel written by J.R. Evangelisti. As a 17-year-old, Jessica Bethany found fossilized footprints in New South Wales that were a revolutionary discovery. Dr. Zimmerman was there when she found them. Twenty years later, Jessica Bethany holds doctorates in ethno-archaeology and mythology. She’s also in demand as a speaker in Roswell on her past experiences and her belief in extraterrestrial life. Her friend, Dr. Samuel Benjamin, is concerned, however, about the state of Jessica’s mental health. She seems to be under some kind of stress and is experiencing dreamlike states where she finds herself dancing. When she gives a mathematician a complex formula that goes beyond the understanding of the leading mathematicians, she sets off a governmental hunt.
J.R. Evangelisti’s science fiction, metaphysical novel, Jessica’s Footprints is highly imaginative and very moving. I loved the southwestern venue, especially the parts of the story that concern the Navajo medicine man and Tribal Officer Tom. Evangelisti’s characters are well-presented, and there’s plenty of action and adventure. While some gentle jibes and jokes are presented at the expense of the more radical Roswell set, this story will appeal to anyone who’s ever wondered about Roswell, ancient astronauts and the origins of our knowledge base. There’s also the mystery behind Jessica’s assertion that the footprints she found were not from an alien life-form which is in direct contradiction to the testimony of her mentor, Dr. Zimmerman. Jessica’s Footprints is a lot of fun to read, and it gives the reader lots of desert skies and landscapes to enjoy, as well as lots of things to think about. It’s highly recommended.