The Coming

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
324 Pages
Reviewed on 12/18/2020
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Author Biography

Dan Coffman is fascinated by all things mysterious. For example, the history of our civilization is replete with enigma. Scientific discoveries often generate new questions and controversies. The secrets of the universe are baffling. Ancient cultures provide a treasure trove of myths, while modern society is steeped in urban legends. For some, the purpose of life is satisfactorily explained by their faith. For others, it remains the ultimate paradox. Dan intertwines historical and contemporary fact with fictional illusion to produce adult fables and science fiction thrillers.

Dan has worked as a crisis manager for a multinational corporation. He brings his experience with incidents such as facility disasters, transportation accidents, product tampering, infectious diseases, extortion, kidnappings, and terrorist threats alive in his fables and novels. He lives in Chesterton, Indiana with his wife, Carla.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Coming is a sci-fi thriller written by author Dan Coffman. Shane Reid is a UFO skeptic and former professor at Northwestern University whose wife's and child's deaths lead him to early retirement and becoming a full-time UFO investigator. When UFO-logist Brad Shelton brings a coded message to Shane, potentially containing extraterrestrial information, Shane gets himself involved in a wild goose chase alongside a radical religious group and Drake Calder, head of the Alien Technologies Project at the NSA. Additionally, an unforeseen threat is about to destroy the earth and obliterate every single living being on the planet. Shane must now join forces with the NSA cryptography analyst Phoebe Brahman and do everything he can to prevent the catastrophe and save the human race from annihilation.

The Coming is a thought-provoking novel with an engaging plot that grabs your attention from the get-go and never lets it waver. Author Dan Coffman uses actual historical facts that blend seamlessly into the narrative, creating a mesmerizing experience for the reader. The plot moves at a blistering pace, and the characters have well thought out arcs. I especially enjoyed Shane and Phoebe's relationship. The scenes between the two of them and their interactions were my favorite portions of the book. I was also impressed by the well-researched use of historical facts by Coffman, as well as his ability to present a subtle and nuanced way to showcase the points of view of both sides of the UFO conspiracy theories. Overall, The Coming was a rewarding reading experience for me, and I would recommend it to sci-fi lovers.

Kevin Nevers

The Coming, then, is something of a thought experiment, Coffman suggests: an “intertwining of both historical and contemporary facts with fictional illusion to produce thought-provoking explanations to all manner of puzzles.” Readers will want to read The Coming with Google at the ready, since Coffman’s novel is chock-a-block--as Dan Brown’s novels are--with “actual places, events, and beliefs” whose incremental effect is to make the action “tantalizingly plausible.” Among other things, Tesla’s theory of scalar waves, the legend of Shambhala, the Maltese Knights, Taoism, Carthage College’s Griffin Observatory in Kenosha, Wis., the Grotto of Vermillion Brightness at Mount Loufo in Guangdong Province, China, the fresco art in the Visoki Decani in Kosovo, and the Jesuit missionary and astronomer Johann Adam Schall von Bell all have their role to play in The Coming.

Ufologists, conspiracists, and just plain old fans of suspense will find The Coming an altogether satisfying read (even if Coffman himself admits that it barrels into a “completely impossible climax"). Be warned, though: the novel does conclude ambiguously. Declares a character after Earth has been saved from an extinction-level event, “Whether aliens are Satanic demons, malevolent superhuman beings, or principled policemen of the universe, we may have just played a part in one of God’s miracles.”

Catherine Lanigan

Intelligently well-written and researched thriller of the Dan Brown genre, Dan Coffman's character, Shane Reid a UFO and ET debunker, finds himself embroiled in a game between the light and the dark; and the real powers who rule mankind. The multitude of metaphysical, religious, and antediluvian technology questions that THE COMING brings to light will keep the readers mind begging for more pages and the next book in the series. Considering the tumult the planet is enduring at the present time, begs the real question: Is Dan Coffman the newest prognosticator of the earth's ascension and how we move past 3D?

Darleen Coleman

A riveting page turner, The Coming melds UFOs, the Catholic church, covert government agencies, and evil religious cults into a riveting page turner. Conspiracy theorists will love this book as will any reader who appreciates an intelligent, well-constructed, expertly woven story with well-rendered characters. Is intelligent life confined to Earth? Are we descended from alien beings? If aliens exist, are they demons or saviors? How much does our government know about UFOs? What is the Catholic church’s stance on extraterrestrial life? Codes are broken, puzzles are solved, and long after you’ve turned the last page, these characters and the mysteries they encounter will linger.