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The Collapsing Wave: (The Enceladons #2) by Doug Johnstone.

Following the astonishing events of "The Space Between Us", both the Enceladons and the humans are facing a grim outlook six months on. To keep the arrival of an alien species under wraps, the USA military has created a covert base called New Broom on Scotland’s west coast. Heather, Lennox, and captured Enceladons are being subjected to harsh experiments. Also, Ava is on trial for killing her abusive husband, which puts her at risk of being separated from her baby.

Get ready for a story that will challenge your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. The injustice can be difficult to bear, and “The Collapsing Wave” really resonates with that feeling. This story is a powerful antidote to despair, radiating love and hope, reminding us that humanity still has a chance.

I really enjoyed book 1, but “The Collapsing Wave” even more. I was unable to put the book down. I had to discover the outcome for my cherished alien character. Could this be the end? I’m happy to say there is a third and final book coming next year.

Many thanks to Doug, OrendaBooks and Random Things Tours for the chance to review it.


About the Author

Doug Johnstone is the author of 16 previous novels, most recently The Opposite of Lonely (2023) and The Space Between Us (2023). The Big Chill (2020) was longlisted for Theakston Crime Novel of the Year, and Black Hearts was shortlisted for the same award. Three of his books, A Dark Matter (2020), Breakers (2019) and The Jump (2015), have been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions over the last decade and has been an arts journalist for over twenty years.

Doug is a songwriter and musician with six albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun-Lovin’ Crime Writers. He’s also co-founder of the Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physics.

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