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Christopher James–a disgraced and scandalized reporter–would like nothing more than to get away from everything. But his latest assignment at The Tattler, a low-budget tabloid in Roswell, NM, becomes far more than he bargained for when his informant is murdered, and all signs point to an otherworldly culprit.
As James follows the evidence, he uncovers a vast conspiracy too incredible to be believed: the origins of the UFO mania that has swept the nation, the secret fate of Nikola Tesla’s lost research, and a dark coalition between the highest reaches of the Federal bureaucracy and a very alien agenda. Can he learn the truth before it’s too late, or will the entities obstructing him fatally end his interference?
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About the Book…
I came of age during the time of the X-Files. Prior to that, my only experience with alien-fiction had been the docile if musical pink things from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the plant-loving creature known as E.T., or the kind of humanoids that showed up on space operas like Star Trek and those from Star Wars. And let’s not forget ALF. Okay, never mind. Forget ALF.
The X-Files put a new spin on things—for me at least. Aliens became less something “out there in a galaxy or time far away” and more something that might come upon you unawares at any time—and with that change, the idea of extra-terrestrials also became far more sinister, stranger, and more alien than had previously been considered.
Bare months before we witnessed the strange investigations of paranormal phenomena by Mulder and Scully, we were also treated to the frightening images of Fire In The Sky, the supposedly true account of Travis Walton in 1975. Like The X-Files, Fire In The Sky portrayed aliens in this same, abduction-prone, sinister motif—this despite the insistence by many UFOlogists that extra-terrestrials were really ascended masters or had a message of hope for humanity. No, there was something decidedly inhuman about these things—even anti-human. More than anything, these two stories formed the soil from which Descent has grown.
The seed of this novel, however, came from an article in Charisma magazine about a pair of ministers who serve the spiritual needs of so-called alien abductees. I read the article with my jaw-hanging partway open, unsure whether or not to take anything being said seriously. It felt like a cosmic joke (horrendous pun, I admit). I went to their website: alienresistance.org, and discovered that yes, Guy Malone and Joseph Jordan are both serious in their ministry to those suffering the effects of alien abduction.
Of course, their take on what alien abductions really are is a little different. Toward that end, it gave me a way to tell the story of Descent without tossing my worldview out the window.
I make no claim that what I’ve described here in Descent is in any way reflective of reality. Like any fiction author, I have both stolen from reality what I wanted and invented out of whole cloth what I couldn’t find in the world at hand.
But if The X-Files provided the soil and Alienresistance.org the seed, then the story was watered by The History Channel’s series Ancient Aliens and provided much needed photosynthesis from the research of Dr. Jacques Vallee, particularly his book Dimensions. Like I said, I’ve stolen from just about everyone.
There is definitely something out there, and it certainly is “alien” to our normal, 9-5 lives. But what exactly it is has yet to be fully explained to anyone’s satisfaction. Maybe someday it will be.
Then again, maybe by the time we arrive at a place where the explanations will finally make sense, we’ll discover that we no longer need them.