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The Scout

The Scout [Kindle Edition]

Eric Tozzi
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Change is inevitable. It's heading for Earth at twelve thousand miles per hour...and it will land virtually undetected. For Jack McAllister, a young writer who has finally launched a career for himself, it begins tragically: his estranged father, a former NASA engineer, dies suddenly at his home in Merriweather, Indiana, leaving Jack's Alzheimer's-stricken mother a widow. But in the wake of personal heartbreak, he's confronted by an even more astonishing event--the covert landing of an alien machine in the forest just a few miles outside of town.

Now Jack must unmask the true purpose of the otherworldly device that has begun a detailed environmental survey of the woods. Aided by the town's young and resilient female deputy sheriff, he soon discovers that the alien scout is only one small part of a much larger operation, and the countdown to a terrifying global catastrophe is about to take place. Drawing deeply from his father’s scientific influence, all while attempting to avoid the snares of a sexy, seductive and scheming local TV reporter, Jack uncovers—and ultimately finds himself an unwilling component of—an alien plan set to terminate life on Earth as we know it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eric Tozzi is an award winning film director (Ray Bradbury's "Kaleidoscope"), and a former NASA/JPL documentary producer for Mars planetary exploration. Eric and his wife live in Phoenix along with their very sweet kitty cat. Visit Eric online at

About the Author

Eric Tozzi is an award winning film director (Ray Bradbury's "Kaleidoscope"), and a former NASA/JPL documentary producer for Mars planetary exploration. Visit Eric online at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615914047
  • Publisher: Eric Tozzi; 1 edition (21 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story, interesting ideas 14 Nov. 2013
By JimRB
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The book was better than the blurb! I started it with some trepidation, but soon found myself involved. I've read hundreds of SF books and this still had some novel themes. I actually wanted the deputy to win through, and occasionally the lead character too. I think the mother's illness was supposed to explain some of his less logical actions, but it got in the way a bitter was also a little too much stereotyping of characters. Nonetheless, the plot has enough twists to keep you entertained and looking forward to the next chance of reading a few chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Michael Crichton 14 Oct. 2013
By William Snyder - Published on
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"The Scout" is a masterfully written science fiction thriller. The characters are complete and believable. Descriptions of rural Indiana are vivid, almost poetic. Author, Eric Tozzi, weaves a balanced story about a young writer's struggle to deal with the loss of his father, his mother's Alzheimer's disease, and an alien invasion. Tozzi does a fantastic job explaining the science of this alien invasion story. Michael Crichton is my favorite contemporary sic fi writer because of his ability to include compelling science with in his great stories. "The Scout" has a Crichton feel to it. I under stand that Eric Tozzi is a bit of modern day renaissance man. He's an accomplished musician, editor, director and screenwriter. His most recent film is "Kaleidoscope," an award winning short movie based on a story in Ray Bradbury's "Illustrated Man." Bradbury worked with Eric on the project. I think some of Bradbury's sci fi mojo rubbed off on Tozzi.
Can't wait to see the film version.
To the point, Eric Tozzi's "The Scout" kicks ass.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 6 Nov. 2013
By Liquid Footprint Publishing (Consignment) - Published on
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His story reminds me of JJ Abrams, "Super 8," when a small town is turned upside down by something not of this world. The characters are authentic, and Tozzi manages to avoid the cliched descriptions and quirks that we've read so many times before. His work at JPL has given him a solid foundation for writing about the technical aspects in the story, without resorting to the excruciating detail of Tom Clancy (whose writing I love). The book was an easy read because of the pacing and lean descriptions; I finished it in two nights. Tozzi manages to pull back the layers of the strange creature slowly, allowing the tension to build without revealing everything all at once. If you're a sci-fi fan or into techno-thrillers, this is a fun read that will engage you, leaving you guessing as to what you think is going on -- eventually revealing what is REALLY going on. I can't give any specifics without revealing significant details, which you'll thank me for when you make the discovery on your own.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-felt Sci-fi with Soul 1 Nov. 2013
By W. Swardstrom - Published on
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When I first heard about Eric Tozzi, I'd read that he'd worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory with NASA. Great, I thought. A boring book full of techno-babble.
Nothing could be further from the truth. What Tozzi gives us in his debut novel is a heart-felt science fiction story with a soul.
It sounds fairly straight forward -- an alien race sends a scout ship that lands in semi-rural Indiana. Jack McAllister, a sci-fi author, is the best authority on what the wreckage could be. Jack is in town to bury his father, a retired NASA engineer, and to sort out what will happen to his Alzheimer's-stricken mother. With Jack grounded in reality, the spectacular happens all around him.
Along the way, Jack finds himself trapped between a vixen of a TV reporter and a young female sheriff's deputy.
As the story progressed, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into Jack's tale, sympathizing with his pain and awestruck at the alien presence on the earth, just like he was. As Jack would do things, I wanted to shout at him, telling him it was stupid or to yell in encouragement along the way -- I was that invested.
Tozzi paints a terrific picture of what would happen on a small scale if this were to happen. We've all seen the Independence Day scenes of blowing up L.A. or D.C., but what if this landed in your backyard in Smalltown USA?
Great job -- I'll look forward to anything Mr. Tozzi gives us in the future.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done 10 Nov. 2013
By ecf2xtreme - Published on
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A really good story about first contact/invasion that's both a bit scary and quite entertaining. The main character is easy to identify with, the antagonist is easy to hate, and the aliens are terrifying. Good read-I'd definitely buy it again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book! 12 Nov. 2013
By Tiffany Smith - Published on
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I read the Scout this July as a beta test reader before it was published. I found the characters to be developed well, and the story kept me up at night wondering what was going to happen next. I loved that Jack had several story lines happening to him with his ailing mother, his connection to his deceased father, and the developing love interests with the women in his hometown. Thanks to Eric Tozzi's work experience with JPL, there were many references to real-life space explorers, which made the story believable. Tozzi's descriptive use of words made the story come alive for me, and I can see this becoming a movie. I'm not a Sci-fi fan, but I found this book to be more than I expected. It was well-written, and I would recommend to anyone looking for an exciting story.
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