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Al Past became an author after a life as a husband and father, musician, Naval officer, and professor of English and linguistics.
After concluding his teaching career, he wrote the first volume of the popular Distant Cousin series, the unforgettable and original tale of Ana Darcy, the young woman who returned to Earth. Readers who fell in love with Ana and her Earthly family have enjoyed following her adventures through the years in the five companion volumes to date: Distant Cousin: Repatriation, Distant Cousin: Reincarnation, Distant Cousin: Regeneration, and Distant Cousin: Recirculation, and Distant Cousin: Two Worlds Daughter. (The film and TV rights have been purchased by an agent in Hollywood. Further development is possible.)
His first book is still in print after 30 years, and will continue to be as long as musicians love playing duets: challenging arrangements of 45 baroque masterpieces for two treble clef instruments (Charles Colin Publications). He has also collaborated with author Barry Yelton, providing the photographs to accompany Mr. Yelton's lovely poetry in On Wings of Gentle Power (Strider Nolan Media).
Kristie Leigh Maguire
on April 10, 2011 :
I loved the storyline for Distant Cousin. I fell in love with Ana Darcy. Sometimes she seemed to be quite immature for someone who is supposedly almost a hundred years old. But then I got to wondering how I would react if I was suddenly alone in an unfamiliar world light years away from my home planet with no way of escaping. I would probably curl up in a fetal position and pull the covers over my head. But Ana survived and in a grand way.
The only reason I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the odd way the author would insert asides in parentheses. This would throw me out of the story. I've never seen a book done this way and I'm not sure I like it. I think the information included in the parentheses could have been inserted in the story in a way that wouldn't have jarred me from the storyline.
I just discovered that there are sequels to Distant Cousin. I will be downloading them after I figure out the order. I wish the author had put Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, etc in the titles.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 10, 2010 :
I was just galloping through this excellent novel by Al Past on my iPod touch when BAM! I came to the end of the sample. "Oh no," I said to myself. "I thought I bought this book!" Well, I guess I hadn't, but I've fixed that oversight, and now I'm ready to race on toward the ending. Thank you, Al! Both for writing this book, and for enabling a generous sample. Smart move. It makes it virtually impossible not to buy the whole thing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 17, 2010 :
I am so sad. . . It ended... I just finished Distant Cousin. Which in my opinion was very well done. I am not a writer and so I spend a lot of time trying to find the words that I want to say in reviews. Once again I am hunting for words. . .
Distant Cousin was a wonderful and well done book. I enjoyed every moment of it. It was brilliant. Now I am looking forward to the rest of the series. :)
My mom doesn't read science fiction but I recommended this book to her. I think for a Sci Fi it is perfect for her to read. Nothing scary but very well done and thought provoking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 18, 2009 :
If I could give this four and a half stars, I would. It was an enjoyable read and I hope the remainder of the series is as good. My only quibble is the books length. I feel the author could have shortened it up just a bit in one or two spots without loosing the quality, but overall, this should be on your to be read list.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)