Distant Cousin

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(Volume 1) Who would believe a girl warning of disaster who said she was human but from another planet? OK, she speaks an unknown Indo-European language, but even so....
It's been called an adventure, a romance, a "West Texas Chicano action story," and even science fiction. Try the sample to see why so many have become avid fans of our Distant Cousin.

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About Al Past

Dr. Al Past became an author after a life as a husband and father, a musician, a Naval officer, and a professor of English and linguistics for 30 years.

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 have enjoyed following her adventures through the years in the four companion volumes to date: Distant Cousin: Repatriation, Distant Cousin: Reincarnation, Distant Cousin: Regeneration, and Distant Cousin: Recirculation.

His very first book is still selling: a collection of arrangements of 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).

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Would anyone believe a girl who said a disaster was coming--if she claimed to be from another planet? The U.S. government does, and the chase is on! Can she make people believe her? Even if she does, can she adapt to her strange new world...and maybe fall in love?

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Review by: Kristie Leigh Maguire on April 10, 2011 : star star star star
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)

Review by: Marsha Ward on May 10, 2010 : star star star star
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)

Review by: Rie142 on Feb. 17, 2010 : star star star star star
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)

Review by: Richard Gerard on Oct. 18, 2009 : star star star star
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)

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