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Distant Cousin: Reincarnation (Distant Cousin series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Al Past

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Who is trying to kill an ordinary New Mexican housewife? It's true that Ana Darcy Mendez has secrets that even her husband and adorable twins don't know. One is that her countrymen have accidentally given terrorists a deadly space-age weapon which they are about to use.

As she risks her life to prevent a massacre, the Russian Mafia, the American Mafia, the U.S. Special Forces, the F. B. I., and the C.I.A. learn one more of her secrets: she is no ordinary housewife!

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About the Author

Al Past lives on a ranch in south Texas with his wife, a college Spanish professor, of almost 40 years and a menagerie of animals. He is a retired college English professor, linguist, and lover of rollicking good tales.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Al Past; First edition (22 Jun. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GQ3DEC
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Distant Cousin #3 - Darcy gets Mad... 18 Jun. 2009
By James P. Morgan - Published on
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This is third in the Al Past series, Distant Cousin. I really enjoyed #1 & #2 but was really surprised with Reincarnation. Reincarnation is filled with adventure, suspense, and action. Character developement continues in this book bringing you closer to the ever growing Darcy. A new character is introduced in this novel, Rob Combs. Rob is an ex-Navy SEAL. Darcy hires Rob to help her with a little problem, the rest is all action. This is an excellent read for you science fiction, action fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens when Darcy gets mad? You gotta see it to believe it! 20 Aug. 2008
By D. Salerni - Published on
Well, we knew it was going to happen. There were hints in the second novel of the Distant Cousin series, and so it is no surprise that in the third novel, Darcy's greatest fears are realized. Her cold and greedy brother-in-law, Herecyn Cymred, has sold the wrong sort of Thoman technology to the wrong sort of person and a weapon of devastating destruction has resulted. Herecyn denies it, of course, but when the Russian mafia tries to eliminate Ana Darcy, the only person who has made the connection, the truth of the matter is obvious.

Author Al Past revs up the action in this third installment of the Distant Cousin series. After seven years of quiet family bliss on the secluded Mendez homestead, hidden in the heart of New Mexico, Darcy once again sacrifices her retirement from public life in order to guard against disaster. As the very first representative from another planet on Earth, Darcy takes it personally to think that technology from her homeworld might be used against mankind. While dodging assassination attempts from hired mercenaries, Darcy plies a little detective work to identify the source of the threat: A Russian oligarch has developed the Thoman technology into a weapon which was promptly tested on remote villages in the tiny territory of Sedlakia, with horrifying results. The US government is loath to interfere, but that doesn't stop one little firebrand of a woman from planning a 2-man mission to save Sedlakia--and possibly the world.

Reincarnation reprises a multitude of characters from the first two books, including government agents, high-powered lawyers, an investigative reporter, and a certain Sicilian "businessman" who once saved Darcy's life. It also introduces a few new characters, such as the Navy SEAL recruited by Darcy for the Sedlaki mission and her own precocious twins, Clio and Julio. Readers get a glimpse inside the personal relationships of the Thoman delegation, which include Darcy's sister and uncle, as well as a thrilling and dangerous adventure in the frozen wilds of Russia. Interspersed with the fast-paced action, we find Darcy's husband Matt holding down the fort at home, supervising the education of his amazing, half-Thoman children, and working out wily plans to preserve their anonymity in the face of Darcy's increasingly public image. And if this is not enough, readers can ponder the significance of the close connection between the Thoman and Sedlaki languages, as well as a certain Sedlaki legend of an ancient queen named Anina Khralovna, who left her people long ago with the promise to return when she was needed ... Highly recommended, but you need to start with Book One!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down-to-Earth Science Fiction 12 Sept. 2007
By James Wolf - Published on
In this latest installment of Al Past's Distant Cousin saga, Ana Darcy's greed-driven uncle brings about a deplorable international situation that only she can set aright. To do so, she must make use of all her unique talents and abilities while placing her life in great peril. To aid her on her mission, she enlists the support of individuals from varied backgrounds, and as usual, brings out the best in all concerned. Her character is so dynamic as to cause her to be mistaken for the reincarnation of an ancient queen, sent to save the people of Sedlakia from impending destruction."

This isn't just another action novel. By now Ana is married, and the author cleverly juxtapositions her Thoman adventures with the family life she longs to share with her husband, Matt Mendez, and their twins. He and the kids manage to find a little adventure of their own, which regularly serves as a refreshing aside from the main story line. As usual, Past serves up delectable portraits of the cuisine in the various parts of the country where Ana finds herself, and his depiction of the landscape in diverse regions of the world gives the reader a genuine sense of presence. Flashbacks and unnecessary references to the two preceding Distant Cousin novels are kept to a minimum; thus, even readers who are unfamiliar with those works will find Distant Cousin: Reincarnation to be intriguing and captivating. Whether you are new to the universe of Ana Darcy and her friends, or are fortunate enough to have read Distant Cousin and Distant Cousin: Repatriation, this work holds a great deal of enjoyment in store for you.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What'd I Say? 10 Sept. 2007
By Floyd M. Orr - Published on
Due to a technical glitch, the posting of this review has been delayed for several weeks, but it's finally here, folks. The short version is that Reincarnation is approximately as good as the first book in the Distant Cousin series. The first book earned ten stars and so does this second sequel. Repatriation, the first sequel, was a tightly edited action-adventure, somewhat lacking the emotional slow-burn of the other two books. Reincarnation brings back the E. T. emotion and lodges it in your throat, right where it belongs. If adults could experience a close encounter with an extraterrestrial, Ana Darcy is exactly the alien they would like to meet. What'd I say about the Distant Cousin books in my other reviews? If you haven't read the first two books, get busy. You need to read them first to receive the full effect of Ana Darcy and Matt Mendez. The wild lynx of Sedlakia is waiting for you to get out your handkerchief.

Al Past has accomplished his mission once again. When is a movie production company going to bang down his door in Nowhere, South Texas, to make him an offer for the option on the whole Distant Cousin Series? There is no doubt that the series has a Spielbergian feel to it that cannot be denied. What'd I say? It's the feel good movie of the year and all those other movie trailer clichés. Distant Cousin: Reincarnation is one of those books whose plot and characters are so magically vivid that you cannot help but envision the movie in your head as you read.

As a book reviewer, I have read a lot of books. Just put my name in Google and you'll find many other reviews of Al Past's books, as well as those of other deserving authors. You can even read an interview with Mr. Past on one of my sites. When I review a book, I put it through the ringer. I call it strip-searching the book, and there is no contraband on Al Past. The Distant Cousin books, particularly the first and third ones in the series, are the best light entertainment books I have read in a long time! What'd I say? Distant Cousin (Reincarnation) will stamp its wonderful magic on your soul.
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe in God as an Algorithm 24 Feb. 2010
By Michael H. Donohue - Published on
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"I believe in God as an algorithm. A system of formulas or laws, like in physics, that explain how things have come to be" said Anna Darcy on being asked: "Do you believe in God?"

This response by Anna Darcy, Distant Cousin, puts in a nutshell a perception which she as the protagonist in a series of books weaves her story applying such a belief.

I read books voraciously, reading them for a variety of reasons. One of my primary reasons is recreation and relaxation. A well told story is all I need. Al Past, the author, in his series of four, is about a young lady who embarked from her far away planet to find the planet from which her people came. They have no knowledge of the reason for which they were moved nor record of it. They had a few clues which powered her search.

Their civilization developed further than earth's providing them the technology to go in search of their roots. Ana's story of that is delightful. It provides a great read, a great journey to share with her in which the author allows her to carry it on through four full novels. Through each one my rapt attention was maintained.

The story of Ana is in the genre of Science Fiction. The means of coming to earth, the technology brought with them, this was fascinating. The comparison of the development of two different civilizations developing out of the same mold was interesting. The moral and ethical values developed in Ana's society were intriguing in their difference from ours.

Ana, with her foundational belief, not in any way dwelled upon beyond her statement of it, was apparent in what she did.

The book gives enthralling accounts of Ana, passive and peaceful, turn into a lethal opponent when attacked, genetically enhanced to give her quickness and physical prowess. A virtual Ninja she becomes in the face of adversity.

The episodes of these feed the "S----kicker" quality of the stories which are otherwise gentle in all she does.

The stories describe a young woman acting at great risk when prompted by the needs of others. Leaving her space station in violation of orders to make contact to warn of an impending catastrophe that needs steps to be avoided starts the story series. Successfully she employs a unique method to do so which is great story telling all by itself.

In the process of it all she falls in love, marries and starts an altogether supplementary plot narrative touching in its family orientation, cultural setting with Mexican Americans, and tender association throughout her newly acquired Earth Family.

Her story does not stop, escapades continue, one building on the other, her diplomatic mission continues, done in such a secondary way to the needs of her family and the good she is performing for countless people. It is this that builds and continues, the recipients having no idea that she, this simple petite endearing person, is in fact "The Starchild" as she is publicly known in relationship to her mission.

Her story is simple, she equally so. The goals that are hers, manifested in so much of what she does, are quietly shouted by her every action.

It was a great read, times four. In me at least it induced so much thought and contemplation, its impact needed analysis. The story depicted the differences Ana brought with her. The use she made and person she was as a product of this, the companion culture in which she was raised, was subtlety presented in the kindness and care she demonstrated.

Did any one hear, this is a great read, all four of these books, the last was finished by me last night!
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