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Name of Alt by [Kierstead, Kevin]
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Born in Ft. Wayne, IN and raised in southeastern VA, Kevin A. Kierstead was published by the age of 10 (editorial). After graduating high school in 1990, he joined the U.S.A.F. for four years while being published as the feature and sports writer for the North Pole Independent Newspaper, securing an exclusive interview with a new gold and silver Olympic medalist, Tommy Moe. He also finished his first fiction novel during his military service. He later studied at Christopher Newport University, majoring in Psychology and English with a writing concentration, 1996-99, 2002-04. He believes it hasn't all been done, and that everybody has a story to tell. He believes that rules and constraints must often be scrutinized and tested. His genres vary, including science-fiction, humor, and suspense thrillers. He hopes to sign with a major publishing house but is also entirely content as long as his readers are satisfied His blog: http://wordsrock.blogspot.com/ Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/author.kevin.a.kierstead Amazon Author Profile/product page: http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-A.-Kierstead/e/B004LOZ1YG

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Kevin A. Kierstead; 1 edition (24 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L2LKRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,967,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A reasonable enough concept but needs a heavy application of red pen. For instance, we don't need half a dozen paragraphs to be told that the alien language is more complex than ours, or told a dozen times by the narrator that he'll "talk about that later". I'm afraid it's a thumbs down from me.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99a16a00) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a9b358) out of 5 stars Great fun! 13 May 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this about a month ago. I loved the tone and perspective of the speaker. Don't want to spoil it for anyone so I will say little more. I will say, what a great idea to have an alien perspective of humanity spoken through such a witty narrative. Kudos!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9971606c) out of 5 stars Writer Shares Personal Interview With ET "Alt" 30 Jun. 2011
By Glenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Something compelling happens when you start reading words written by Kevin Kierstead. I swear he must be a newspaper writer somewhere... You may have read my reviews of his other humorous works. Name of Alt is "somewhat" more serious in nature. It is the story of Alt, an alien, an extra-terrestrial who is 172 years old. He's been appointed to share much of importance with us here on earth...

What? You don't believe in life existing on other planets. Well, I'm not so sure I do either, but I try to be open-minded. After all, how many chances do you get to learn directly from an alien. After all, most of what we've heard has been filtered through government sources and stifled for the most part.

Let's face it, if it wasn't for writers such as Kierstead, where would we get any of this information? Kierstead has spent much time doing internet research and even credits NASA, The History Channel, National Geographic, Neil Commins (The Hazards of Space Travel), and Erich Anton Paul von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods) in his acknowledgments.

Alt is a Douzian Explorer. Full name Altinison Borahamen. He quickly notes that is as close as he can translate into the sounds in our world. I'll just call him Alt... Like E.T., Alt admits he's lost. Actually I have no problem with that. After all, our own vehicles have technical breakdowns. Why not a space ship?

I tried to picture Alt from his own description--he says he's not too different from us, except he doesn't have a nose and his hands are shaped differently with two large fingers and two thumbs. He's about 5 feet tall, so we need not be afraid, right?

Like other stories, Alt says that aliens are peaceful, while admitting that people are indeed abducted...and others have been accidentally killed while ships have been entering or exiting our oceans. What I don't understand, though, is the claim that aliens are far superior in intelligence. My own theory is that, if people who lived so far away have been there for millions of years, and we humans have not lived as long, then they have just more experience, not more intelligence...

Actually, I find it hard to accept his claim that extra-terrestrial beings have lived on this planet since before man. On the other hand, I did find the exploration of historical accounts to be comprehensive and quite interesting and informative. No, I did not previously know that Alexander the Great and his men reported that UFO's swooped down on them during battles. Nor did I know that Columbus reported seeing a UFO; of course, they didn't know that the light was really a space ship. Alt took the time to clarify this for us. You will learn of other sightings from individuals right out of our history books!

Readers will learn of space travel vehicles, cities on different planets. Perhaps most important is what aliens have to say about where we humans are heading:

There are currently three theories the Douze most often ponder when it comes to humans. First, you keep going as you are and within 100 years, destroy your climate, use up and/or fully pollute your water, and cut your population down to about ½ billion people, who will diminish quickly as they try to adapt to living with these new challenges. Second, we estimate that you get a hold of your climate problem temporarily but that your accelerating population prompts a focused space colonization effort as you sense the trouble coming on Earth, settling both Mars and the moon. Enough people will survive to continue on in both places and the search for a new Earth-like planet will be a 1,000-year goal... Our third theory is that war and man-made (and/or man-released) biological agents wipe humans out before there is time to destroy the climate. (p. 141)

Alt really does have something to tell us, doesn't he? If you want to know more, allow Kevin Kierstead to introduce you to Altinison Borahamen. He may be the only alien you may ever meet! Quite an opportunity for those readers who are interested!

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HASH(0x99837a08) out of 5 stars Good bye Kev 9 Jun. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I went to high school and still live right up the road from the author. The secondary character is based on me and the way I see things. Kevin A Kierstead took his own life recently. He was and always be a well loved and trusted friend. Take a look at this book and some of his others. Kevin was also into ghost hunting so you may be able to find something online or on YouTube of things he has found. Thank you all. Enjoy the read.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99839078) out of 5 stars entrancing 9 Feb. 2011
By joann maio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am not use to reviewing books so this might not be as polished as most are accustomed to. I just want to let everyone know that you have to read this book. It was very
captivating and witty. I was very pleasantly surprised. You will fall in love with the characters.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a9b934) out of 5 stars A journal of discovery, with sarcasm and fun, Science Fiction 23 April 2011
By TicToc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you were an alien living life on earth, how would you out yourself. If you had knowledge of the other aliens that lived and visited earth over the centuries, what would be the proper way to come forward? Especially if you needed something to fix your craft, so you could go home.

In Name of Alt, Kevin A Kierstead had brought us a story of an alien, one of the Douze, a crotchety 172-year-old named Altinison Borahamen. Because it is not really a true representation of his name, he has kindly agreed to let us call him Alt, much easier on our tongue. Accompanied by his companion Khan, a very sarcastic but intelligent alien, Alt is ready to show himself. Khan is different from himself, and yet even with his technology, his family cannot tell what or who Khan is. Not able to get home Alt needs some liquids and metals from earth to repair his craft so he can be on his way.

However knowing the human race is very warlike about things they do not understand, he has come up with a plan, a journal of sorts explaining everything thing he knows about his own race as well as those that have lived and visited the planet over the millennia.

Believing that introducing himself in this fashion will make actual contact easier, Alt has had to take a consensus of the other aliens to get approval of this plan. In Alt Kevin has created a real character, with sarcasm and humor. His friend Khan is the perfect foil to their odd relationship, and the interplay is often quite hilarious. Kierstead has used this mode of information to interject and explain sightings from around the world of different aliens. Through it all Alt has information and reasoning for everything. He has taken bits and pieces of alleged sighting in Europe as well and tied them all together with the help of Alt and Khan.

It is often a fun and fascinating look at the UFO sightings of history, and many of the sightings that have gone by the wayside. Through it all Kevin A Kierstead keeps up the pace and reminders of the different ages gone by.

This is a wonderful story, but I had difficulty getting through it. The paragraphs are long and it often reads a little more like a history text, sometimes just a bit dry. I also like to think I have a great vocabulary but found myself stopping to look up words. At first, I thought they were made up and just another part of the story, but surprisingly enough there was meaning. Periodically there were formulas for speed, and parenthathese were used frequently. I found them to be distracting.

These things created distraction for me and made the book much longer to read. However if you are a science fiction buff, and possibly an Art Bell fan, this will be the book for you. It has something for everyone. The beginning and ending were both fast paced and fun, but it bogged down a bit, for me in the middle. Kiersteads descriptions of his aliens are thoughtful and interesting, easy to visualize.

This book was received as a free download from the author. All opinions are my own based of my reading and understanding of the informations.
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