A Blast of an Adventure

4.5 out of 5 stars

Finding an uncontacted civilization is almost unheard of.  We’ve explored most of the inhabitable Earth, but every once in a blue moon you can be surprised.  What if you found a tribe that would protect an unearthly tablet at all costs? What would you do?

Uncontacted was a blast to read and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  Chesler is able to bring a feeling of both thrill and unknown to this book which had me going late into the night.  It reminded me of some of my favorite adventure books (and movies).

The characters were parts lovable and parts “what the…?” This kept me on my toes throughout making this a really enjoyable story in my book.  The tribes, interaction with them, and then the actual technology that they were hiding had me floored.  Chesler was able to write about things that I couldn’t imagine in a way that made it seem like this has already happened.

I won’t go too into the technology and what it held, but it was awesome.  It felt like it was going to take a turn into being cheesy but it just skirted the line.  The “visions” were also a really interesting touch.  If you were holding a piece of… this, who knows what could happen?

Overall, Uncontacted was one of those perfectly sized books that you can finish in a day or two.  The best part was that it kept me entertained throughout.  There wasn’t a moment where I was thinking ‘come on, let’s go!’

This was my first audiobook by Jo Nelson and I thought she did a great job.  For a book without a strong female protagonist, I thought that she did well.  I didn’t notice or care that it was narrated by a female narrator (just like when a male narrator narrates an all-female cast).  Sometimes it just works.  In this case, I thought that Nelson brought something more to this book.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Uncontacted by Rick Chesler (Narrated by Jo Nelson)four-half-stars
Uncontacted by Rick Chesler
Narrator: Jo Nelson
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
Published by Self Published on September 12th 2017
Genres: Adventure
Pages: 288
Format: Audiobook
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In the jungle cities of the Amazon, thousands of tribal descendants suddenly drop dead at the exact same moment for no apparent reason. Strange truths start to emerge that lead respected ecologist, Antonio Medina, into the deepest reaches of the rain forest, to a tribe that has seen virtually zero contact with the outside world.

On the other side of the planet, in the Indian Ocean, anthropologist Stel Foster is on a similar quest. When he learns of unlikely ties to the tribe in Brazil that his long-time professional rival, Antonio Medina, is investigating, he agrees to work together with the ecologist.

Antonio isn’t sure he can trust Foster, but together they are forced to solve a perilous puzzle, with the most alarming piece being two halves of a strange artifact safeguarded by both tribes for thousands of years.

Even worse, a powerful secret society will stop at nothing to control the ultimate truth the artifact holds. With options running short and time even shorter, our comprehension of what it means to be human is about to shift forever.


"Uncontacted is everything you want in an action/adventure novel: races of unknown people, mysterious technology, and plenty of questions. What if? Rick hit it out of the park with this one, and what a ride it is!" --Nick Thacker, author of the bestselling Harvey Bennet Thrillers series

"A jungle romp with undiscovered tribes and legendary artifacts…A threat to the very existence of humanity. It’s all here and more. UNCONTACTED by Rick Chesler is a fantastic science-thriller in the best tradition of Michael Crichton and James Rollins." --Sean Ellis, author of CAMP ZERO and ASCENDANT

"Over the top, inventive and scary fun!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of PATIENT ZERO

"Great scientific concepts that are based in reality..." --ScienceThrillers.com

"Chesler melds science and adventure with the brilliant command of the late Crichton." --Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum's THE JANSON EQUATION

"The perfect combination of great research and impossible to put down writing." --Jeremy Robinson, international bestselling author of APOCALYPSE MACHINE and PROJECT NEMESIS

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

Also by this author: Hotel Megalodon: A Deep Sea Thriller, Jurassic Dead (Jurassic Dead #1), Z-Volution (Jurassic Dead #2), Landing Party: A Dinosaur Thriller

About the Author:

Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and can often be found diving, boating or traveling to research his next thriller idea. A former contractor for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the State of Hawaii, he currently lives in South Florida with his family, at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle.


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