Author Daniel P. Douglas’ strong character development and tightly constructed storyline make for an undeniably entertaining science fiction read in his debut novel Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project.
William Harrison is a private investigator based in Tucson, Arizona. The former FBI special agent’s mundane existence is turned upside down, however, when he begins receiving postcards from an unnamed informant alerting him to the specifics of a decades-long government cover-up of epic proportions.
The informant (who calls himself Echo Tango) spoon-feeds Harrison evidence—beginning with numerous staged deaths of military personnel who worked on the top secret project dating back to the 1940s—until even the skeptical investigator is forced to believe the incredible truth. But when the members of the shadow group in charge of the Saint Mary Project are informed that Harrison is uncovering what they’ve worked so hard to disguise, they move to silence him and all those involved with the investigation permanently.
This is an adrenaline-fueled story, replete with action and adventure. While it doesn’t bring anything particularly innovative to the alien conspiracy formula, it’s well-drawn characters make up for this. The persona of Harrison is brilliantly developed as are the cast of supporting players. But one character steals the show: Janice Evans, the beautiful intern who works for Harrison who turns out to be much more than she seems. The way in which Douglas uses Evans to complicate the storyline is impressive indeed.
Many clichés are referenced—Area 51, cattle mutilations, the stereotypical little aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) with thin extremities and disproportionally large heads, the experiments involving alien/human hybrids, the government’s secret attempts to fly alien craft, etc.—but this novel is much more than an X Files episode. Douglas keeps readers guessing with nonstop action, breakneck pacing, and some thought-provoking speculation.
Conspiracy theorists and science fiction fans alike will find Truth Insurrected hard to put down.
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