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Don't Mess with Earth [Paperback]

Cliff Ball
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Book Description

1 Mar 2009
Advanced humans, calling themselves Terrans, leave a highly corrupt and mostly primitive Earth to search out a new planet to inhabit. Once on a new planet, they begin exploring the rest of the galaxy and begin watching over their more primitive human cousins back on Earth. Some Terrans are well known in human history, people such as King Arthur, Galileo, Genghis Khan, and Amelia Earhart. The Terrans come across an alien species, called the Ragnor, that experiment on other species for no reason other than that they can. The Ragnor discover Earth by accident and start their abductions and experiments on the first set of humans they come across, the colonists on Roanoke Island. The Ragnor continue to cause mayhem and mischief on Earth, eventually getting shot down over Roswell, New Mexico. Once the humans on Earth figure out they're being manipulated by both sides, President Truman has the United States embark on a plan to pay back both the Terrans and the Ragnor with the technology created by Area 51. Once the plan is initiated, will Earth succeed in its payback or fail gloriously?

Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602643415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602643413
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,235,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cliff Ball lives in Texas, a Christian, two BA's, and a Technical Writing Certificate.

Standalone novels:
Out of Time - time travel
The Usurper - political thriller
Shattered Earth - alt history/fantasy
Voyager and the Aliens - sci-fi short story
Dust Storm - Christian western short story
Beyond the New Frontier -alt history, time travel

The End Times Saga - Christian fiction
Times of Turmoil
Times of Trouble
Times of Trial
Times of Rebellion
Jon Ryan
Xavier Doolittle
Times of Destruction
Times of Judgment


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3.0 out of 5 stars Rotten ending 9 Jun 2013
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The book lived up the the title until the the ending where I suspect the author got a litttle too clever or is it simply unimaginative to create a really good twist at the end. It left a 'nice book, shame about the ending' feeling but offended my sense of natural justice which I feel often works out in the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole book, a psuedo documentry not a novel 15 Nov 2011
By R. David Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay, first this is a portion of a documentary style book. There is a little stilted dialogue but mostly it reads like a high school history text book. At the end of the story you find out that to read the rest of the book you have to pay an additional 2.99 ebook or 12.99 paperback. This is basically a very boring teaser to get you to pay for the book twice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It would encourage a new generation of writers. 14 Aug 2009
By Jose J. Clavell - Published on Amazon.com
Because the general sentiment is going to be, "I can write better stuff than this &*$$@@". I will recommend that the author to do better research in future works as some had already mentioned on prior reviews. For my part, his portrayal of the US Military was cartoonish and insulting. There is not "Commanders" in the US Air Force as a rank. No serious attempts to contact the Terrans and discover their motivation? The "President" not getting impeached and sent to prison for ordering a genocidal attack? Russia and China attack the US and are still around to invade it? With what? Oh, please.

I developed more sympathy for the putative bad guys, the Ragnors who come across as hostile as Malvin the Martian of Bugs Bunny fame. Everyone else fell quite short.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money or time. 29 Jun 2014
By mdrake - Published on Amazon.com
This book reads like it was written by a 7th grader. It's a total waste of time and money and is an excellent example of really bad writing.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The problem with ebooks 14 Nov 2010
By Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"VirtualPress," the publisher of the paperback edition of "Don't Mess with Earth," is what we often refer to as "vanity press." Simply put, it means the author probably could not find a real publisher and had to pay for publishing it himself. For this book, it's a good bet such is the case. The writing is amateurish, awkward, and full of grammatical errors and it seems unlikely a real publisher would bother. If these things don't bother you and you like space operas, even inane ones, you may like it. Otherwise, spend your money on something else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a spin. 30 Jun 2010
By Kevis Hendrickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Despite its shortcomings, Don't Mess With Earth by Cliff Ball is an interesting book. It tells the tale of how mankind deals with the discovery of extraterrestrial beings who are systematically interfering with man's evolution. The style of storytelling in this book is a throwback to the old pulp style SF tales of yesteryear. Part of the intrigue is how known history is woven into this conspiratorial tale. I really enjoyed the author's clever references to historical events and figures in constructing his tale. There were a few missteps regarding the accuracy of some of the history presented in the story. But for the most part, it was consistent and nothing I couldn't overlook.

My biggest complaint with the book is that it relies too heavily on exposition. When dialogue is used, it's not very effective due to the same insipid monotone speech pattern displayed by the characters in the story. Truth be told, there is no way to differentiate one character from another, whether it's a politician, scientist, soldier, or even alien. It's also obvious that Ball has some growing to do with his prose. But overall, I found this book to be a satisfying read. I look forward to seeing this author grow as a writer and anticipate reading his future work.
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