Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Genre: Science Fiction/Memoir
Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words
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Thomas L. Hay grew up in a small mid-Western town, Clinton, MO. He enlisted in the US Navy during the early 1960s and upon leaving the Navy worked for TWA and American Airlines. Now retired, Hay resides in Lake Waukomis, MO with his lovely wife, Karen. If you happen to cross paths with him on April 1 be wary. He loves plotting April Fools jokes.
An Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns reads like a memoir. Author Thomas Hay writes about growing up in Post World War II America, love relationships, a stint in the navy, and most importantly, multiple abductions by UFOs and their alien inhabitants.
Hay’s style is chatty. His goal is to reveal all the facts of his abductions leaving it up to the reader to decide if his adventures were real, fiction, or just the product of a fertile imagination.
Throughout An Abduction Revelation Hay injects lyrics from popular songs from his youth that are supposed to describe the era of his musings. This literary device works nicely when the lyrics come at the beginning of the chapter. However, too frequently lyrics are placed in the body of the chapter wrenching the reader away from the story line.
Hay also seemed to entertain himself by injecting idiomatic expressions throughout the manuscript. (He even defines and provides a history for each one used in the book’s appendix.) At first I found these idioms amusing, but very quickly these clichés, used extensively throughout the manuscript, became annoying.
If readers are interested in a unique alien abduction novel, An Alien Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns won’t disappoint, especially the surprise ending. However, be ready for scenes that turned out to be dreams that did very little to push the plot ahead while taking the book’s continuity off track. Consequently, plan on entering Hay’s world with an open mind.
No significant issues.
Rating: *** Three Stars