Spirit Raiders by Savio Dawson

Savio Dawson presents a close encounter of a different kind in his debut sci-fi.

En route to meet up with a friend in Dallas’ Highland Park, Mark’s trip is starkly interrupted when he comes face-to-face with aliens — and we’re not talking about illegals here that a Wall could stop.

The odd-looking creatures take off in their spaceship shortly after touching Mark’s eyes with a pen-like tool, which leaves him with distinctive blue eyes. The next thing Mark knows, he is in the hospital.

Next enter Alain and Anita, two representatives from XTRA-T, an agency specializing in this kind of thing. Questioning Mark about his alien encounter goes nowhere when they discover that the FBI got to him first.

Although Alain and Anita’s meeting with him in the hospital is a bit rocky and Anita thinks that Mark is an old grump, she is nonetheless attracted to him. More surprisingly, after a few interactions, Mark does invite her to dinner. As Anita is excited to gather information about his run-in with the aliens, she agrees.

Mark and Anita hit it off. Toward the end of the evening, Mark shares his real story.

Although she wants to help him in every way possible, his reason for sharing the truth is so that Anita will back off from getting involved. With a nervous smile, Mark says, “I mean, I don’t want you to be hurt in any manner. I am an extremely dangerous person to be around, you know…I attract the wrong kind of people, many from outside this world.”

Maybe Mark IS an extremely dangerous person, especially when word gets out of the FBI colonel’s disappearance…

Dawson’s first attempt at story writing is both fascinating and unique. He spends a considerable amount of his narrative on conspiracy theories involving the government’s meddling in alien activity over the years—which includes a whole array of technology used to detect all things extraterrestrial.

We were left wondering, however, where the story might have gone with more attention to the love angle. Perhaps a sequel is in order.

Of particular interest in this book—especially to extraterrestrial aficionados—Dawson closes with a robust reference list, much of which includes hyperlinks for those who want still more info on ETs. A bonus, to be sure.

Four stars to Spirit Raiders. It weaves a compelling tale about our place merely as citizens of a much greater galaxy.

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