Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review & Giveaway - Camouflaged Encounters by David J. Englund

Camouflaged Encounters

by David J. Englund 



Forget what you think you know. How well do you really know your neighbors or fellow workers? Do you trust your boss? What about politicians? The fabric of our society is under attack. Our way of life, our livelihood, our very existence is under full assault. No one even realizes that it’s happening. Disguised as horrible natural disasters on the news, the world is caught unsuspecting as events draw us ever nearer to extinction. As “natural disasters” escalate and tensions between nations mount, one man hears a whisper. It has begun . . .



Clark gasped and dropped his fork. There they were in downtown Des Moines! Four aliens, large as life, were walking around disguised as humans. The phone device allowed him to see two images in the spot where each alien existed. The human image appeared as his eyes saw them. The alien image had a fuzzy, faded hologram-like appearance to it. 

He could see the red tinted skin with black spots on their bodies. Their heads were long like a horse’s head with narrow yellow eyes on either side. They were roughly three-feet taller than their human disguises. Their knees bent outward as they walked. Each alien wore a black skin-tight uniform. The most alarming features were the four arms each alien sported. In each case, the two unseen hands carried various gadgets that they fidgeted with as they walked. 

The human disguises appeared as smiling, happy people while the Ascanti images each revealed scowling angry aliens seemingly trapped in an unpleasant form. These creatures would have won casting rolls in any Hollywood horror film.             

I can’t believe this. This can’t be happening. Everything Rick said is true. Aliens walk among us. They look so natural in their disguises. They fit in perfectly within our society. Look at them just walking up the street. That one across the street is delivering a UPS package. That one over there is carrying shopping bags, like she’s just some average housewife out on errands. This one over here is crossing the street, as if it’s perfectly okay for aliens to cross the street in Des Moines!

Camouflaged Encounters immediately draws you into an intense experience a young man, Clark Jackson, has while attending a professional baseball game in Chicago. The lights go out. The reader goes through the gamut of moments from the moment those lights go out as Clark goes from the realization that those light aren't coming back on anytime soon. The mood of the crowd ranges from laughing to nervousness to suppressed violence. It is at this point when panic ensues and Clark meets a vulnerable young woman, Maria and her young son Joey. As the three join to try to get to safety, the people in Chicago drag you into the hell of society gone crazy. The darkness travels from one major city to another and people are lost in the terror of the dark.

As if the apocalyptic nature of the story isn't enough, the reader discovers Clark can and has traveled to other worlds through a secret portal. When the possibility is discovered that an alien race may be the culprit of the strange and growing negative events on Earth, Clark must find out who and what these aliens are so he can help stop them from destroying the human race and the planet on which he and millions of other people reside.

Because I love a good disaster tale, I have given this book a 3.5 stars. ~JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

David Englund is a storyteller (science fiction author) and teaches economics at North Dakota State University.  His first three titles, Upsetting the Tides, UNSEASONAL WAR, and Camouflaged Encounters are available on Amazon.  Camouflaged Mischief is in progress. 

David will be awarding a digital copy of the book to four randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. 
Follow the tour HERE