By Boyd Morrison
Boyd Morrison’s story is one that is indicative of the changes in the publishing industry over the past five years. Morrison started his writing career by self-publishing his first three novels — The Catalyst, Rogue Wave and The Ark. Through smart marketing and skilled writing, Morrison was able to carve out a large following, selling thousands of his books online. This success spurred a bidding war that ended with Morrison publishing his breakout hit The Ark with Touchstone Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
After publishing The Ark and The Vault, his U.S. publisher was not happy with the manuscript he turned in for this third Tyler Locke book. So Morrison suddenly found himself without a publisher in the U.S., although his UK publisher was more than happy to publish his next book, The Roswell Conspiracy. That left Morrison in the strange situation of being self-published in the US and traditionally published in the UK. I am very glad he was able to get the story out here in the U.S. as he again has written a fun thrill-ride of a read.
In the first two Tyler Locke books, Morrison tackled the historical mysteries of Noah’s Ark and King Midas. This time, he tackles a subject that is even more popular and written about more frequently – The Roswell Incident. As always, Morrison eschews the traditional, well-worn theories and ideas and comes up with his own unique spin on the mystery. If you think you know every theory about the Roswell Incident, guess again.
After the 1908 Tunguska blast levels a Siberian forest the size of London, a Russian scientist makes an amazing discovery amongst the debris. In 1947, 10-year-old Fay Allen of Roswell, New Mexico, witnesses the fiery crash of an extraordinary craft unlike anything she’s ever seen. And what she encountered there may well be out of this world.
Fast forward more than six decades and combat engineer Tyler Locke and his partner in adventure Grant Westfield are traveling to New Zealand to meet with Fay, who has contacted him and wants to tell him her story. Locke is skeptical of the senior citizen’s story until the three of them come under attack. After surviving the assault, Fay explains that the assassins were after a piece of wreckage from the Roswell crash.
As Tyler and Grant seek to discover the truth and stop an attack by Russian agents, the duo traverse the planet with Fay’s daughter, Jess, and FBI agent, Morgan, with stops in Australia, Easter Island, Peru and finally Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
I am a huge fan of conspiracy theories and very interested in what really happened at Roswell so I was so excited when I heard that one of my favorite thriller writers was going to tackle the subject. I was not disappointed with the result. Morrison has once again spun a fascinating story with the perfect blend of historical fact and fiction in a high-speed race against time that spans the globe. Morrison loves to raise the stakes as high as possible, pulling you even further into the story. If you like your action heroes and plots larger than life, you must read this book.
Morrison’s US publisher really missed a great opportunity. I am eagerly looking forward to his next book, Loch Ness Legacy, due to release this summer. If you are a fan of Clive Cussler, Morrison’s books will fit perfectly on your shelves.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give The Roswell Conspiracy a 4.
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