Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Science Fiction Book Review: Infall by Herb Hughes

This is the first science fiction novel that I've read in a while--but, I am excited to share this book with our readers! Check out Infall, learn about author Herb Hughes, read my thoughts on the book and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


​Book Title:  INFALL (A Science Fiction Novel) by Herb Hughes
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  365 pages
GenreScience Fiction 
Publisher:  Books From The Pond
Release date:  January 2023
Content RatingPG. There is some mild language and sex. The sex is stated, but not explicitly detailed. There is also some mild sexual innuendo and sexual jokes. One of the lesser characters is a noted ladies man.

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About the Book

What would you do if a naked alien materialized in front of you amid a ball of swirling winds and colored lights? Would you freeze, run away, scream, hit it, or try to communicate?

And what would you think if you discovered these aliens not only come from a different universe but are also far more intelligent than humans and vastly superior technologically?

Martin O’Brien leaves his native Ireland to chase the dream of love, but things go awry. Before he can return home, he becomes involved with the sudden appearance of aliens. This strange anomaly begins with a few “lightshows,” as the press dubs them, but quickly becomes a flood of millions.

The aliens call themselves Embrians. Human reactions range from murdering them for sport to using them for slave labor to worshipping them as gods.

Martin meets Jennifer Daniels, a pregnant young lady struggling to deal with her alcoholism. Together, they treat, harbor, and befriend a wounded alien named Vanya, but their kindness puts them at risk of being arrested.

Not all Embrians are docile and cooperative. Their leader, Vahlion, threatens to conquer America if his demands are not met. Because Embrians are so advanced, the threat is more than real. It is a certainty!

Martin, Jennifer, and Vanya are on a mission to save Earth, but how do you fight against aliens who have mastered entire fields of science that humans did not even know existed?
My Review


Infall Offers Readers a Great Blend of Science Fiction and Realism. The author has a beautiful storytelling style that really brings his characters and their stories to life in the reader's mind. It took me a bit to settle into sync with the back-and-forth flow of his novel as we switched between characters, worlds, and settings. Once I understood each character's spot in the story and their perspectives, I enjoyed watching the science fiction world blend with the more realistic human world. As the alien characters interacted with humans, there were so many real-world based realities to consider along the way. 


Expect to Root for a Happy Ending--For Everyone. The author does a wonderful job creating human and alien characters and storylines. There were undoubtedly evil-doers and characters with bad intentions on both sides of the drama and conflicts--but there was enough "good" on both sides that readers could hope for a peaceful resolution. This novel builds the characters and their worlds--and brings strings of the plot to satisfying conclusions--but leaves the more significant issues of the future of the situation unresolved. 


Would I Recommend Infall by Herb Hughes? The novel is definitely a science fiction story--but it holds so many pieces of human nature (even in the non-human characters) and life stories that parallel fragments of our human, real-world realities. Fans of science fiction that feels a little too reasonable and relatable and fans of thought-provoking social dramas will find this book impossible to put down. Read with a bit of patience at the beginning until the stories, settings, and characters fall into place, and you will definitely be ready to continue into a future book with the author and his characters.

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Meet the Author

Author Herb Hughes worked in the computer industry for over two decades and then built a successful private business before retiring to write novels.

“I write in the present, but my stories are about the past and the future: historical fiction and science fiction. I find both fascinating.”

connect with the author: website facebook ~ goodreads
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  1. Thank you for sharing your review of Infall, this sounds like an excellent read and I am truly looking forward to it

  2. This looks like great Science Fiction!