Rosen’s (Return to Roswell, 2012) sequel determines whether humanity’s face-to-face contact with an alien race will lead to enlightenment or destruction.
After being captured and later released by the U.S. government for his role in trying to expose the 1947 UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico (as seen in the previous installment), Washington Post photographer Casey Foster is now a celebrity. President Barack Obama has beamed out an invitation for the aliens to visit Earth, and humanity awaits their arrival. Casey and his girlfriend, newly minted Post writer Leah Anne Bailey, have secured positions as chroniclers of the historic meeting as it unfolds. The aliens, known as the Redexians, travel the galaxy in a vast mother ship and hope to retrieve a pair of extraterrestrial explorers who crashed in Roswell—and subsequently died. When Capt. Oulah IV requests that four humans visit the mother ship, Casey and Leah Anne are perfect choices; Israeli diplomat Jacob R.T. Witwenova and Chinese Col. Chloe Anh Sing join them. The CIA trains the quartet in spycraft so that they may learn all they can about the Redexians’ technology, as well as their true intentions toward Earth. Although everyone hopes for the best, they prepare for the worst—which would mean the Redexians enslaving or annihilating mankind. Author Rosen provides a prologue summarizing the previous volume before diving into a world shaken by the reality of extraterrestrial intelligence. He offers immensely detailed scenes in which world leaders, including President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, plan and execute the world’s response. The narrative optimistically surmises that there’s a “blank slate...to write a safe chapter of first interactions between different species from different worlds.” It balances thoroughly researched space travel science with quirky humor, as in a scene in which Capt. Oulah wears “powder blue lounging attire” and “fluffy green slippers.” Although Rosen does tend to pad his prose with time-worn phrases (“Time to roll the bones. Long live the Queen,” thinks a British ambassador), his surprising—and hilarious—solution to Earth’s ills will leave readers feeling hopeful.
A detailed, thought-provoking read for rational beings the world over.