An ‘Are We Alone’ Story

3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m a fan of short fiction like this, I really like when an author is able to give me all of the ups and downs that a longer-format novel can in a small condensed package.  That being said, sometimes you need a little more detail that a shorter story cannot give you.  The Mons Connection was a combination of both.  Pestel was able to write a short and compact story that hit most cylinders, but it would have benefitted from being a slightly longer book.

I think that the scenes where they weren’t ready to explore yet but were prepping to go there could have been drawn out to add some suspense, and the ending felt really rushed.  Honestly, the book could have beeing 50ish pages longer and would go from a 3.5 to a 4.5 if Pestel had done it right.

Even though this is a lower rating for me, I still did enjoy the book a lot.  It’s one of those books that had me thinking throughout and the ending was good, but just needed a little more.  I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t making a completely shocked face when it ended that I could have made with slightly more suspense in the book.

Overall, The Mons Connection hit some places and missed in some others.  I enjoyed the story, but it would definitely benefit from a little more suspense.

Book Description:

Audiobook: The Mons Connection by Janine R. Pestel (Narrated by Nicholas Santasier)four-half-stars
The Mons Connection by Janine R. Pestel
Narrator: Nicholas Santasier
Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
on November 4, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 60
Format: Audiobook
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The Anunnaki and Human worlds collide

They came to Mars to search for life...Something else found them.
This is the story of ancient aliens, three astronauts, and one cosmonaut, and what happened the day the Anunnaki world and the modern human world collided on a distant planet.
Jon Carson, the American military man, Doug “Digger” Johnson, The American archaeologist, Kathleen Doolan, the Irish physician and Mikhail Borznekhov, the Russian military man / biologist came to Mars to look for signs of life at Olympus Mons. What brought them there was something found at a dig in Egypt...Something that could tie ancient aliens and Egypt together..

Follow the intrepid explorers in this alien thriller, as they explore the area around Olympus Mons and then, finally, enter the mountain itself and unlock the hidden, secret mystery that lies buried deep inside. They discovered what Olympus Mons and ancient Earth history have in common…will you?

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About the Author:

Born in Coledale, PA and raised in NJ. Lived in NYC for about 7 years. Met my husband in 1978 and married in 1985. Have been happily married ever since! Now, we live in beautiful Mesa AZ.

Author of “The Mons Connection” and “Infected and Other Short Stories” as well as short stories in the SciFi / Occult / Horror genre(s) and an upcoming paranormal/occult series.

I was always interested in science fiction, action adventure, and comedy. Tried my hand at writing a book back in the 1970’s but did not have the direction I needed in order to complete it. The story was going along great until one day while I was sitting at my typewriter (remember those?) and the thought suddenly struck me that I had no idea where I was going with the story or how it was going to end. Now, many years later, I do have the drive and direction to write a complete book. My only regret is that it took me this long.

A lot of my ideas come from “What if?” For example, “What if there were a mountain on another planet that wasn’t exactly a mountain?” or “What if we could reanimate corpses and have them perform menial tasks?” The whole world is full of “What if?” we just have to explore it.

The narration for The Mons Connection was done by Nicholas Santasier who does a pretty nice job.  The accents used weren’t totally unbelievable and the pacing that he used made the story progress nicely.  I wouldn’t shy away from other books narrated by him.


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