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Aliens Attack Alpena (Michigan Chillers) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:1893699099
LANGUAGE:English

" PB-B @ 1999, 7/00. Michigan Chiller series. Juvenile book. Mark and Meghan fight aliens in Alpena. Another fun J-book. " said.

" one day after a large meteor hit planet earth it was seen over alpena Michigan Mark and meghan discoverd a silver object in the forest the creature that they saw was an alien and those aliens would stop at nothong to overtake the whole earth. " said.

"I read quite a few books in this series back when I was in elementary school and I really liked them. Basically, they've got two gimmicks: They took place in a city or town in Michigan and they had an alliterative title that included that city or town.

Aliens Attack Alpena was one of my favorites. Still, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't take place in Ann Arbor. Then the title would have been alliterative and longer. But it was good. It was sort of scary to read (but, like the other books in this series, it was not as scary as any of the Goosebumps books I had read).
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" Michigan Chillers is a fine series when it clicks just right. The author is capable of good writing, and when his imagination hones in on a promising idea and he executes it well, the stories have their appeal. All those factors come together nicely in Aliens Attack Alpena, arguably the best of the first four books in the series. Poltergeists of Petoskey is still likely my personal favorite of the four, but it's hard to beat the mix of surprising occurrences, suspenseful writing, and interesting, likable characters that form the backbone of Aliens Attack Alpena. Twelve-year-old Mark Blackburn feels like he has a lot to deal with when the school bully threatens to beat him up for a phantom indiscretion committed on the bus, but it's nothing compared to being one of only two people on planet Earth made privy to an imminent invasion by an extraterrestrial species capable of rendering the human race extinct. Can Mark and his friend Meghan neutralize the insidious invading aliens before the wave of infiltrators is too powerful to turn back?

Mark wouldn't have learned of the coming alien attack at all if it weren't for bully Greg Daniels chasing him off school grounds, boldly crowing his intent to squash Mark. Narrowly escaping Greg's punishing fists, Mark and Meghan stumble on a futuristic spaceship in a wooded clearing, and come face to face with a bona fide green creature from space, one armed with weaponry beyond anything attained by humanity. Luckily for Mark and Meghan, the alien (named Brothron) is on their side, in the midst of reconnoitering on behalf of an alien race to find a particular extraterrestrial menace and eliminate it before Earth's citizenry is endangered. The otherworldly enemy has been tracked to the depths of Lake Huron where it abuts Alpena, and Brothron needs Mark and Meghan's assistance in eradicating the hostile aliens before they grow large enough to threaten mankind.

It's a fast turnaround for Mark from fleeing his bully, but Earth is in the clutches of a far worse foe than Greg Daniels, and Mark is willing to answer the call of duty. Soaring high in the sky in Brothron's technologically advanced space vessel and plunging hundreds of feet below the dark, mysterious surface of Lake Huron, Mark and Meghan refuse to succumb to fear and abandon their world when its people need them most. The invading alien species, called the Globblings, is growing rapidly, and soon the danger they pose will be too great for Brothron to stop them. Can Mark and Meghan survive multiple attacks by lethally predatory Globblings long enough to launch a counteroffensive against the mothership in a final underwater confrontation...all while the fate of our planet hangs in the balance?

The author shows considerable skill in how he builds Aliens Attack Alpena, not falling into predictable story patterns. There are surprising twists in this book, whereas previous Michigan Chillers had few or none. Unexpected incidents of peril come into play with good timing and sometimes go in directions I didn't anticipate, and the suspense is a grade or two higher than in Johnathan Rand's earlier books. The unconventional grammar, spelling, and writing that marked previous Michigan Chillers is toned down a lot in Aliens Attack Alpena, as well. I also appreciate the return of the word search in the back of the book, and this time every word was there to be found, some requiring closer examination than others. I would almost consider awarding this book two and a half stars, even though there's a certain loose end that didn't get tied up which could have made the story more meaningful if it had been. I'm excited about future installments of the Michigan Chillers series; up next is Gargoyles of Gaylord, and I look forward to getting to know the girl Mark meets at the end of Aliens Attack Alpena and reading her story. For fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps or most any other series of scary stories for kids, I recommend trying Johnathan Rand's Michigan Chillers and American Chillers. They never fail to deliver a good time.
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" Colin loves this series. I like that these are places that we (Colin and I) have actually been in our own state. We would like to visit Jonathan Rand's store upnorth also. " said.

" PB-B @ 1999, 7/00. Michigan Chiller series. Juvenile book. Mark and Meghan fight aliens in Alpena. Another fun J-book. " said.

" one day after a large meteor hit planet earth it was seen over alpena Michigan Mark and meghan discoverd a silver object in the forest the creature that they saw was an alien and those aliens would stop at nothong to overtake the whole earth. " said.

"I read quite a few books in this series back when I was in elementary school and I really liked them. Basically, they've got two gimmicks: They took place in a city or town in Michigan and they had an alliterative title that included that city or town.

Aliens Attack Alpena was one of my favorites. Still, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't take place in Ann Arbor. Then the title would have been alliterative and longer. But it was good. It was sort of scary to read (but, like the other books in this series, it was not as scary as any of the Goosebumps books I had read).
" said.

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