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The Return: A Novel by Joseph Helmreich

The Return: A Novel

by Joseph Helmreich

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Viewers watching a live broadcast of a lunar eclipse during the winter solstice, see astrophysicist Andrew Leland lifted into the sky and taken away in a giant spaceship. Found wandering in a South American desert some six years later, he denies ever having ben abducted.

It doesn’t take long for devotees and wannabe-followers, including Shawn Ferris, to become obsessed with Leland. When Shawn, determined to learn about the abduction, finally tracks down Leland, he learns that the astrophysicist has been running for years. Soon Shawn is on the run with him, both men hunted by a secret organization determined to force Leland to reveal what he knows.

Exactly what did happen to the astrophysicist? Will Shawn convince Leland to share the truth about his abduction? And what about the conspiracy that threatens their planet . . . and more?

Interesting characters and an intriguing, fast-paced plot combine to create a compelling page-turner readers will be hard-pressed to set aside before the story reaches its climax.

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"During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see. Six years later, he turns up, wandering in a South American desert, denying ever having been abducted and disappearing from the public eye. Meanwhile, he inspires legions of cultish devotees, including a young physics graduate student named Shawn Ferris who is obsessed with finding out what really happened to him. When Shawn finally tracks Leland down, he discovers that he's been on the run for years, continuously hunted by a secret organization that has pursued him across multiple continents, determined to force him into revealing what he knows. Shawn soon joins Leland on the run. Though Leland is at first reluctant to reveal anything, Shawn will soon learn the truth about his abduction, the real reason for his return, and will find himself caught up in a global conspiracy that puts more than just one planet in danger" -- provided by publisher.… (more)

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