The Return

The Return Years after a scientist is abducted on live TV a graduate student tracks down the mysteriously returned yet reclusive man ultimately uncovering a global conspiracy During a live television broadcas

Years after a scientist is abducted on live TV, a graduate student tracks down the mysteriously returned, yet reclusive man, ultimately uncovering a global conspiracy.During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see Six years later,Years after a scientist is abducted on live TV, a graduate student tracks down the mysteriously returned, yet reclusive man, ultimately uncovering a global conspiracy.During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see Six years later, he turns up, wandering in a South American desert, denying ever having been abducted and disappears from the public eye.Meanwhile, he inspires legions of cultish devotees, including a young physics graduate student named Shawn Ferris who is obsessed with finding out what really happened to him When Shawn finally tracks Leland down, he discovers that he s been on the run for years, continuously hunted by a secret organization that has pursued him across multiple continents, determined to force him into revealing what he knows.Shawn soon joins Leland on the run Though Leland is at first reluctant to reveal anything, Shawn will soon learn the truth about his abduction, the real reason for his return, and will find himself caught up in a global conspiracy that puts than just one planet in danger.Equal parts science fiction and globe hopping thriller, The Return will appeal to fans of both, and to anyone who has ever wondered what s out there

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  1. Joseph Helmreich is the author of The Return Thomas Dunne Books St Martin s Press, 2017 and co author of Warring Parents, Wounded Children, and the Wretched World of Child Custody Greenwood Press, 2007 He lives in New York City and works in film distribution.

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  1. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2017 03 14 Based on its topics, The Return is what I would describe as hard science fiction lots of heavy emphasis on technical details, especially surrounding the fields of astronomy and quantum physics The result is a lot of complex and advanced scientific theory going over my head and plenty technobabble I m sure I didn t quite grasp So why did I enjoy this book much Well, for one thing it was thoroughly addicting Combining an altogether engagi [...]



  2. If you are a fan of Blake Crouch s Dark Matter, you might want to put Joseph Helmreich s The Return on your radar Like Dark Matter, The Return is filled with hard, heavy science, but it s completely accessible You don t have to understand it in order to enjoy the events that are taking place I appreciate novels that don t fit neatly into a genre box The Return spans across science fiction, mystery, and thriller so if you are a lot like me and love reading all three genres, this is a book to be e [...]


  3. I was REALLY enjoying this book, and it was like a huge buildup and going and going and then it just fizzled out for me in the end I was bummed out.




  4. I had a heck of a time getting a copy of this book, but I m sure glad I did I really enjoyed reading this, the only negative I have is that I wish there was MORE It s a pretty short book that crams a lot in


  5. Interesting premise, started well, but didn t really go anywhere About halfway, I found it difficult to care about what was happening, and skim read the last section to pick up the major plot highlights It became very clear that despite the narrative potential provided by the story s universe, this ultimately was a much narrower existentialist work Some people may appreciate the brooding and philosophical tone, but it s not for me.



  6. Such a beautiful, amazing, and thought provoking story I loved how it seemed real How through all of the scientific reasonings the story was made real like it could actually happen I was hooked from the beginning to the end.



  7. I wanted to like this book It looked like a quick little read for the beach, and I was looking forward to some nice easy sci fi Flipping through the pages, it was obviously not written in a particularly thick style, so I knew it would be a quick read And really, the premise seemed simple enough that it would be hard to mess up Or so I thought As soon as I started actually reading it, I knew very early on that this book was not going to be great It was immediately obvious that there was no editor [...]


  8. This was such a great book Fast paced and I was always at the edge of my seat with what would come next The Return has rich and developed characters in a journey that spans many locations The plot really gripped me and made me question our own reality Definitely recommend this book


  9. A fascinating read Helmreich begins by creating a believable world where science fiction becomes reality, and then keeps his readers and protagonist questioning everything they think they know This unusual novel kept me engaged from page one, and I highly recommend it.


  10. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Joseph Helmreich s draws you in with this compelling story He takes us on an adventure where not everything or everyone is as it seems and we are definitely not alone in the universe I highly recommend


  11. An excellent read At first I wasn t really getting into it because of its pacing but as I read and it got interesting touching on the cult like aspects of people in the world to how we view things in the scientific community and in outer space and are we alone in the universe.It s a story about a washed up scientist who is abducted and returns years later claiming to remember nothing but remembers some things to a point What if we really aren t alone What if something s we theorize in science [...]


  12. Extremely disappointed with this one.The story started to build up And then there was an ending.There was no closure Every one had been left dead, ruined, or in hiding on the run I mean, that s fine if you intend on making a sequel, but I doubt that s the case here Very little of the backstory is revealed The reader is left feeling like the main protagonist when everyone repeatedly tells him You may be a genius, but it s too complicated, you wouldn t understand because so much is kept so vague.T [...]


  13. This was the perfect summer read A fast paced Sci fi thriller, which doesn t spend either too much time world building, since 95% of the action takes place on Earth or explaining the science I liked that it didn t fall into the traditional trope of scientist falls in love with another scientist and they save the world Instead, bad things happen to good people and some of the characters act in less than heroic ways, which is to say, I enjoyed that the characters were as multi dimensional as the p [...]


  14. The title, cover, and dust jacket description promised what this story couldn t deliver The general tone was too fatalistic and depressing, inspiring none of the wonder, excitement, or even anxiety usually associated with stories about the revelation of alien life forms and worlds other than ours This felt like a premise where anything could happen but very little did A few clever ish moments here and there that were unable to off set what a bummer this book was.


  15. The premise was great, so I really wanted to like this book As it was, I had a hard time relating to Shawn, and really didn t even like Leland It felt like we were never treated to than just a superficial understanding of their motivations And then the end was just strange So Shawn screws up and basically dooms the planet twice and then the book just ends


  16. The story had somewhat of an interesting science fiction premise, but for me the story lacked the thrill and suspense I m used to experiencing from other authors like, Michael Crichton I kept waiting for some strange plot twist or cool revelation, but instead there was just a disappointing ending.


  17. I watched the series before listening to the book and it s probably one of the few times I ve ever enjoyed an adaptation than its source material It s not a particularly bad book, but the series was different in numerous ways, so I think I had expectations that simply couldn t be met.









  18. A bit too confusing for me to say I really liked this Contact novel It does have its high points but, overall, I was disappointed Sorry Mr Helmreich.


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