Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Genre: Science Fiction
Approximate word count: 60-65,000 words
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Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, A.B. Shepherd moved to the seaside community of Port MacDonnell in Southern Australia in 2009 where she lives with her husband and imaginary friends.
Cassiel Carmichael is a 27-year-old woman who recently lost her husband and toddler child in an auto accident. After sighting a UFO in Jones’s paddock, Cass has found a purpose to live, but the people in her rural South Australian community call her Crazy Cassie. So Cass went on the Internet in search of other like-minded individuals. That’s how she uncovered the UFO Society and eventually met Rhys and Graham.
Rhys and Graham were authors of several serious UFO books and were working on their next one. Interested in Cass and her believable story, the trio sat out under the stars for several nights until a UFO appeared changing their lives forever.
A.B. Shepherd’s science fiction novel, Lifeboat, is a roller coaster ride that sets up a believable abduction in which Cass thinks her abductors are altruistic interlopers trying to save humanity from extinction.
The doe-eyed grey aliens appear kind when they relocate the survivors on an Earth 500 years into the future. It is now up to Cass and two hundred other survivors to rebuild the human race.
Shepherd’s book is a nail-biting mystery thriller as one inexplicable event affects another until the earth-shattering climax that will keep you thinking weeks after the novel is set aside. Make sure you read the questions at the end of the book for discussion with friends and book club buddies.
I found a few of the early flashback scenes confusing, but in time figured out what the author was trying to do.
I thought there were a few typos a good editor should have caught.
Rating: **** Four Stars