UE1: The Secret Revealed is a military science fiction novel by T.M. Ely, one that I almost passed over while going through the Reedsy Discovery list of books that I could review. Why? There were only a few days left to review it and I was unsure I would be interested enough to finish it in such a short time. However, I figured I’d pick it up, anyway. This was a great decision, as this book is amazing!
Not only did I find myself interested in the story taking place and the hunts that much of modern technology has come from various spacecrafts, but also the descriptions of the aliens that flew them to our little blue ball in space. Ely’s descriptions of everything from sight to smell leave you curious about what will happen next. So much so that when the book ends on just enough of a cliffhanger that you wish you can telepathically press the author to give you more. (Read the book and you understand that comment.)
Now, on to the nitty gritty of the books itself. At 60,000 words you’re looking at a pretty average length novel with plenty of time for character building, which Ely takes full advantage of in letting you get to know the well-written characters as you follow many and who doesn’t enjoy a well-written character?
The story itself takes place in times. During the aftermath of the famed alien crashes leading to the fame of Area 51, as well as in a future telling in 2008, which shows how long the military has been studying the contraptions left behind by the little green men. As this is a military science fiction piece, you may be worried that you cannot follow along with the jargon, ranks, and 24-hour clock readings. I assure you, even with the most mild understanding of the United States military, you will be able to follow along and enjoy this amazing book.
I got an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery.