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Turnabout (Roswell) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689864108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689864100
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Turnabout is the second in a 2 book series (the first being Pursuit). According to the cover, these two books are the finale to the Roswell series. If so, this is a shame because most of the series have been well written and interesting to read.
As a finale, the book works really well, tying up all the loose ends that the series left behind, and even manages to work in several minor characters who could have been easily overlooked. All in all, a satisfactory end to the series
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"Turnabout" is The last ever book based on the TV show "Roswell". its the final chapters, our young friends, Max, Liz, Marie and the others, are still on the run. They just want to be left alone. But the Government won't stop hunting them. when people they care about are kidnapped they decide to take action, that comes down to a massive showdown. If they have(fox) decide to do a movie, then it would be great to see this book on the screen. Great stuff, a good way to end the series ( in book format any) Enjoy!
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probably my favourite of all the roswell books. wrote by andy mangels who also wrote pursuit, which are the final 2 books in the new begining series. excellent ending to the series, not what i expected but maybe thats why i liked i so much. couldnt put it down.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c2e24a4) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c590718) out of 5 stars Turnabout: An Attempt to Bring Closure 21 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Turnabout, the sequel to Pursuit, is an attempt to tie up the loose ends of the television series Roswell, a story of science fiction set amidst the mind fields of teen angst. This is probably as futile as trying to end the story of Superman, though the authors do try to deliver. Unfortunately, by the last 75 pages of the book, I got the impression that they were losing interest and had not been paid enough for the time necessary to thoroughly research such an overly complex back story.
The overall writing gets a B+. It flows almost all of the time, but this is not the stuff of Pulitzer Prizes, nor is it intended to be. There is no eloquent prose, and there are a few typos.
Effort to please the fans and stick to the canon also gets a B. It's really a shame it's not an A+, because heroic efforts were obviously made to tie up all the loose ends in a Mobius strip of words. However, it is also obvious is that no hard core fans were invited to proof read for errors of content. In addition to reprinting the errors from the Prologue to Pursuit, there were several new mistakes in the back story, which leave the devoted and the uninitiated both asking, 'why bother?' These include: (1) the reappearance of a gun that was permanently melted on the television show in part of a brilliant bit of cinematography, (2) mention of Tess using a car bomb (instead of her alien powers as actually occurred on the show) to destroy a military base, and (3) agent John Stevens, who died in the first season of the show, is credited with disbanding the Special Unit in season 2 (it was really done by the shapeshifter Nasedo posing as agent Pierce).
It would have been better if more space had been devoted to explaining the mechanics and biology of the scifi elements (which were, by the way, quite cool) instead of doing a back story rewrite that was not quite accurate. Admittedly, the back story was nicely woven into the plot, rather than taking up chunks of pages, which the reader would likely skip. But Roswellians (as fans are self-monikered) are sticklers for detail and accuracy.
Still, what really bothers me about Turnabout is the horror factor (or 'yech' factor, as in the X-files). References to gore are not without precedence in either the tv show or the original Roswell High series. However, the emphasis here is at the expense of the relationship building which was the foundation of the fan base.
Die hard fans will want to read Turnabout, although, to paraphrase Nicholas from the Harvest episode, the series may be over, but surely Turnabout is not the end of the story.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c8856f0) out of 5 stars !!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! 20 Dec. 2004
By *chosen01* - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Any Fan of ROSWELL will love this book.

There is 4 books set after Season 3.

A New Beginning, Nightscape, Pursuit and Turnabout.

The 1st two books are by a different author but are equally as good.

The finale 2 books are what should be the ROSWELL MOVIE.

They tie up all the loose ends and have everything you could ever hope for in them.

They are a mixture of the action, comedy, drama. Basically like the writing of Season 1 (The white room) standard.

I really can't express how happy I was to read these books, they answer all the questions that were left.


Their Parents back in Roswell

The Dupes


Growing Powers



River Dog

Flashes (when they were on the desert w/ the alien symbols)

The Orbs (Explains more about when they went off on season 1 final and what they really mean/do).

So over all I am so happy with this book and recommend it to anyone!!!.

So thank you the Cast and Crew of ROSWELL and a special thank-you to Andy Mangles and Michael A Martin for continuing the story :-)
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c867210) out of 5 stars nice sequel 3 Nov. 2003
By tammy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book picks up where pursuit left off with liz and max's parents being kipnapped by the special unit and our 6 fugitives deciding to stop running and take the fight to the goverment for better or worse. along the way to this showdown, deputy valenti, amy deluca, agent duff, even brody davis gets involved in trying to stop the special unit once and for all. it does all come to a head and the writer closes a lot of issues the show did not get a chance to because it was cancelled prematurely. while this book did not have the excitement of the first book, it is a good one for all roswell fans and i just hope that there will be more roswell books from diffrent authors with diffrent ideals. the writers left too much in the air for just a couple of books to be printed. a must read for roswell fans.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c87c5e8) out of 5 stars PURSUIT + TURNABOUT = CLOSURE? 30 Mar. 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, here we are. I've been looking and looking for a CHEAP version of Turnabout for a year and a half now and I finally just bit down on my wallet and shelled out the 200 dollars for the second part to the two part book finale of one of my all-time favorite shows, Roswell.

But was it worth it? Yes...and no.

First off, Pursuit and Turnabout are GREAT books. Very well written. The characters leapt off the page and I could imagine them all acting as they do in the book. Langley, in particular, was a spitting image of his TV counterpart. So many things were revealed and wrapped up and, with each progressing page, I grew more and more excited and fulfilled.

However...only two major complaints. One of the authors is gay, as most of you may know. And, although this doesn't bother me, it DOES bother me that he seems to turn these novels into soap boxes for gay rights/tolerance. This I didn't agree with. Roswell has always been about isolation but it's a sort of isolation that we all feel. Personally, I feel that Turnabout, at times, used this metaphor in relation to homosexuality ONLY and I don't think that was fair. There's a brief mention of the isolation that "big people" feel and that was positive, but it seemed that the finger of blame for all this isolation and oppression was pointed at "conserative Americans" or, even, "Fundamental Christians". AS a Christian, I, myself, felt very isolated by some of the passages in Turnabout, as I felt that the author was saying gays, Buddhists, aetheists, and every other "interest group" had a right to exist as they do, but those "darn Christians" don't. In a world where everying is tolerated EXCEPT Christianity, it's very easy for US to feel as unwanted aliens, persecuted by the fearful populace at large - no matter how "free thinking" they think they are.

But I digress.

I said I had one other complaint and this one isn't as controversial, but deals with one of the main concepts of the show. The conflict on Antar...It is never resolved! I realize that Max doesn't want to be a king, but we're talking about five planets spinning in the Antar solar system that are in a state of tyranny - MILLIONS of beings are DYING - and their last hope is a self-centered teenager who simply "doesn't want to help"? I found this very cold and, for all of Max and Liz wanting to tour the world and help people, you'd think they would want to help the very race that created the Royal Four hybrids to begin with. So, yes, I was very disappointed to see this MAJOR storyline was never properly resolved. I'd like to think that sometime in the future, we'll all know what happened to Kivar, but...sadly, by the very fact that the publishers ignorantly discontinued Turnabout and destroyed all the remaining copies, I don't think this will ever happen. Which is a shame.

All in all, Pursuit and Turnabout were a fast, exciting, heartfelt, and 99% satisfying end to a very underrated and much-loved show and I'm glad that, for good or for ill, I know how the series ended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3ab6d8) out of 5 stars JS, 7 Feb. 2015 8 Feb. 2015
By Jim Seal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Pursuit only to find that it was continued in another book Turnabout by the same authors. The problem is the publisher printed only a very limited number of the later and cheap used copies of Turnabout run between $200 and $400 on Ebay and elsewhere. Amazon apparently at one time said they planned to publish a Kindle edition, but that was years ago. There are supposedly a number of site on the Internet that have electronic copies, but I found none of these active. A suggestion for the people who don’t want to spend this much on a used paperback, go to you local public library and order a copy through Inter Library Loan. At most you might have to pay $2 -$3 for postage to have it sent from another library.

Turnabout is somewhat better than Pursuit and attempts to bring closure to the series, but it is not perfect. It takes up where Pursuit leaves off. Max and his friends almost get nabbed in a mall in Cheyenne, Wyoming by the Special Unit, while the dupes are taken by the unit in New York and flown by plane to Los Angeles. Meanwhile the Special Unit take the Parkers and the Evans ( which is caught on Evans’ nanny cam and Brody’s CCTV) in Roswell , but Deputy Valenti and Amy DeLuca barely get away and head for Laurie Dupree home in Arizona. Brody locks himself away in the UFO museum. Rath and Lonnie get away at airport in Los Angeles, but Ava is taken to the Special Unit’s Headquarters in LA industrial district. Meanwhile Liz has a premonition that Isabel will be cut up by the Special unit in LA and so Max splits up the group sending Kyle and Isabel to Jesse in Boston, while the rest of the group take the minibus to Hollywood to visit Kal Langley. Agent Duff (agent involved in Dupree’s kidnaping the year before) meets Valenti at Dupree’s home in Arizona. Rath has second thoughts about leaving Ava in the hands of the Special Unit and so he and Lonnie break into Headquarter to get Ava out. They succeed but in doing so leave Lonnie behind. Meanwhile Kyle, who becomes a cross county telepath with party line capabilities, saves Isabel from the skins and Kivar, and set up a telepathic link between Isabel and Jesse. Jesse and a lawyer friend of the Parker’s, Shelby are on a private jet paid for by Brody to see Langley about a plain thought up by Phillip Evans to out Max and his friends and expose the Special Unit illegal activities. Kyle telepaths his father, and Valenti and Duff head for Langley in LA. Finally the group get together at Langley and using the black pentagonal alien tracker witness the death of Lonnie by the Special Unit. They decide it is time to move against the Special Unit’s Headquarters. Max gentle persuasion fails, but alien newscaster trucks surround the Headquarter. Rath and Ava comes back to Headquarters to save Lonnie, but discovers she is dead. In a rage, Rath goes after the Special Unit with his powers, and is gunned down. However Rath’s actions allows Max and his friends to escape to the Medical Unit room in Headquarters where they barricade themselves in. Max, Langley, Ava, Kyle and Isabel launch a psionic bomb via the telepathic hotline and the black pentagon device erasing all evidence of the Special Unit and their memories of Max and his friends. Turnabout ends with Max and Liz getting married (again ) in Roswell, Langley get Michael into the movie industry and Maria into singing her own songs, Isabel and Jesse go back to Boston, Valenti purposes to Amy while Kyle and Ava get together.

A lot of questions are answered in the book, but as to whether this is the end, the Special Unit seems to have more lives than a cat. There are still plenty of aliens living here on Earth among us. Kivar has yet to be deterred even though Langley psionic bomb destroyed all of the alien tracker (black pentagonal devices) over the globe. Certainly Max and Liz would be easy to find in Roswell and even if they go somewhere else their parental units still live there. Michael as an actor in Hollywood would not be hard to find and Jesse’s law firm in Boston would not be hard to find either. One reviewer asked why Max did not feel a moral obligation to go back to Antar to free his people. He apparently was much of a leader while he was there and even if he and his friends could hitch a ride home assuming their human longevity was enough to make the trip, they could not necessarily count on anyone’s support once there.
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