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Chasing Shadows

Sekret Machines Series, Book 1
Written by: Tom DeLonge, A. J. Hartley
Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
Series: Sekret Machines, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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The witnesses are legion, scattered across the world and dotted through history, people who looked up and saw something impossible lighting up the night sky. What those objects were, where they came from, and who - or what - might be inside them is the subject of fierce debate and equally fierce mockery, so that most who glimpsed them came to wish they hadn't.

Most, but not everyone.

Among those who know what they've seen and are forever changed by it are a pilot, an heiress, a journalist, and a prisoner of war. From the waning days of the 20th century's final great war to the fraught fields of Afghanistan to the otherworldly secrets hidden amid Nevada's dusty neverlands - the truth that is out there will propel each of them into a labyrinth of otherworldly technology and the competing aims of those who might seek to prevent - or harness - these beings of unfathomable power. Because, as it turns out, we are not the only ones who can invent and build and destroy.

Featuring actual events and other truths drawn from sources within the military and intelligence community, Tom DeLonge and A. J. Hartley offer a tale at once terrifying, fantastical, and perhaps all too real.

©2016 Tom DeLonge (P)2016 Tantor

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"Twisted. Explosive. The best thriller of the year!" (Faith Hunter, New York Times best-selling author)
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loved it.

if you're interested in learning about what's going on in the world and figuring out some stuff for yourself it's a good place to start.

unfortunately the narrator whistles his S's and while this is tolerable man does it get annoying at times.

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Loved it. Can't wait to read the rest.

Everything I hoped it would be. I hope everyone reads this series. I'm extremely excited to read the rest.

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DeLonge is on to something

Taking known real life events and then having a narrative with interesting characters intertwined. I enjoyed it and will check out the next book. Mr. DeLonge let's get cracking on releasing some more big news.

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New All time favourite

This book was exactly what I’ve been looking for for years. Addictive!! Amazing book, highly recommended!


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Captivating story. Great performance.

Loved it. Skeptical at first but it quickly drew me in. The characters are realistic and well-developed. DeLonge and Hartley take what most would scoff at as crazy UFO bullshit and present it as something not only serious and believable, but as a logical and rational conclusion. I look forward to experiencing more of this multifaceted project.

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Terrible!

When I saw that the guy from Blink-182 wrote a book about Aliens I let curiosity get the better of me and had to check out this book. I didn't realize it was fictional, or at least fictional to explain non-fiction, or whatever the goal was here...

The writing is bland and amateur. Like the kind of writing from a high school student... I tried so hard to stick with this, knowing that it SHOULD get more interesting, but I just couldn't. With cliché after cliché, I knew that when it did start to get rolling that it would suck... I didn't want to resent the "big reveal" that there was Aliens because the writing was so bad that I couldn't get to the intent...

It just strikes me as a money-grab from a musician who needs help paying his bills... Sorry dude, I got my own bills to pay...

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-02-07

Brings it ALL together.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, highly. Whether they are into the mass of conspiracy theories this book offers or not, it is an interesting listen on it's own merit.

What other book might you compare Chasing Shadows to and why?

Gosh, any book that references Area 51, Roswell, alien technology, and government coverups. This one has it all!

What about Paul Costanzo’s performance did you like?

Consistency, creativity and clarity. Had it all.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Truth is Here!

Any additional comments?

This is a very sharp debut of what looks to be a powerful series. Clearly derivative in some aspects as it deals with material that has been widely covered. That said, this is a unique and fascinating take on this, and I enjoyed it a great deal.
Looking forward to the rest of the series. Recommended!

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  • jebidia24
  • 2017-01-10

Easily the best UFO related fiction I have read

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This is easily the best UFO (UAP) related sci fi I have read, and to think it comes from a punk-rock rockstar. Cleverly mixes UFO lore with an engaging story that often hints at being based on real life events or situations. The only negative is the narrator does not do voices or put accents of the various nationalities of the characters. I recommend for any UFO (UAP) enthusiast, contemporary sci fi lover, or anyone who loved the X-files.

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  • MysticGuru
  • 2018-07-08

Too much filler material.

There's way too much filler material in this book. I'm on the 5th chapter now and I still haven't heard anything but details about people's personal lives. Driving to work and so forth. Regular every day military duty. Family arguments and problems. I bought the book to hear about conspiracies to develop Advanced Machinery buy International interests. As advertised. Why am I listening to a story about somebody who has to drive an old piece of junk car to work that spews blue smoke out the back. What does that have to do with the subject matter? If I wanted to read a novel I'd choose one by a reputable fiction writer.

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  • Y. Sweningsen
  • 2017-03-18

The reader ☹️

The reader was totally emotionally disconnected from the story. Technically fine, but robotic.

I'm intrigued enough to continue, but will try to find time for the book.

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  • The Jones
  • 2017-01-16

move the hell over star wars!

This is the notion of story telling has the potential to destroy all standing paradigms. It's concept speaks to an audience saturated with decades of lies, damn lies, and BS(belief systems?) disguised as the truth. I need the next iteration of the story YESTERDAY! Can't wait!

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  • MW
  • 2017-01-11

Very intriguing...Couldn't put it down

Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows does an excellent job of using story-telling to introduce several intriguing concepts about our present day as well as our history that makes it difficult to put down.

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  • Joshua
  • 2016-11-29

20 chapters, one sitting.

I love the story of Tamika. Very exciting! It's fun following the dynamic of characters.

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  • Bobby
  • 2017-03-21

Amazing

This book has brought the magic of storytelling back to me. I almost forgot what a beautiful world can be created with the use of words and your own imagination and looking into someone else's I highly recommend this book for all types of readers!!

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  • the walton's
  • 2017-12-29

Aside from the gratuitous political correctness vomited on the reader at every opportunity...

Man, this could have been a really good book, but I’m so sick of hearing about how horrible I am because of the color of my skin, I don’t need to hear it when I’m reading to escape the nonsense of the day to say world.

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  • greg galyean
  • 2017-04-21

Amazing story worthy of standing neck to neck with Whitley Streiber

This book was written very well and I found it very similar to Whitley Streibers "The Greys" as far as the format of multiple plots of multiple people meeting to a similar plot. This book was very suspenseful and excited as a person very much into ufology. I will be listening to this book a few more times anticipating the next release from the authors!!!!! Instant classic!!!

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