Science fiction/Supernatural thriller: the first book in a series titled: Return of the Aliens.
In one moment, aliens make their presence known. In one moment, millions disappear. Autumn Daniel's sister is one of those who vanishes. Unable to rest, she joins Alex Cameron to find her. But she's about to find out that things are more sinister than she believes.
It was a week later when Autumn saw him again. Except this time, she wasn’t at work. This time, she was sitting on a bench outside the Bismarck capitol, staring at the red flowers spelling ‘North Dakota’ in front of the legislative building. She and Marianne used to walk the perimeter of the lawn and talk. The pain didn’t get easier. As she dabbed the tears from her eyes with a kleenex, someone whispered, We’re watching you.
She recognized the voice. It was the same one she heard her first day back at work. She hadn’t heard it since. Turning her gaze to the source of the voice, she saw a black limousine creep under the tunnel at the front entrance. Something about it made her skin crawl.
A quick look around revealed no other cars. She debated whether or not she should investigate. Had it not been for that familiar voice, she would have returned home. Since no one was in sight, she ran to the entrance and slowed as she neared the tunnel. She had entered the capitol building through the doors beneath the steps in the past—before the fateful day when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked on September 11, 2001. That entrance was closed off for good. At least, that’s what people were led to believe.
She slowed and peered into the tunnel. The limousine was still there, the engine humming softly. A security guard stood at the open door and two men got out of the car. One was the same person who had returned the blouse. Another was a man she didn’t recognize. They didn’t walk into the building as she expected. Instead, they turned and waited for the third person. Only, it wasn’t a person. It was an alien. She shouldn’t have been surprised to see one. But she was.
As she watched the alien enter the building, the man from the store glanced in her direction. In the moment his eyes met hers, the alien also turned to look at her. Then a white light flashed in front of her eyes and the man and alien looked away. She blinked. The light hadn’t affected her like it should have since it was as bright as the sun. She looked back at the man and alien and realized that they hadn’t seen the light. In fact, they acted as if they hadn’t even seen her.
But they had to have seen her. They made eye contact with her! So why didn’t they call her out? She should have been relieved, so why did the cold feeling of panic wrap itself like a snake around her heart? Turning around to leave, she bumped into an elderly man who was taking keys out of his pocket.
“You don’t need keys,” she told him. “The doors are unlocked.”
He looked at her as if she were crazy. “I’m the janitor.
I come here every Sunday, and I’ve always needed these keys.”
“But they just entered the building.”
“They?” He peered over her shoulder. “Who is they?”
Book 2, The Watchers.
Book 3, The Leader.