I just finished reading all 673 pages of "Sekret Machines Book 2: A Fire Within," and they skipped by as fast as a flying saucer.
The story begins in 3,216 BCE in Iraq with a 15-year-old apprentice sneaking away from home to pursue a mysterious light... or ancient UFO... but "A Fire Within" doesn't hang around in BCE for long. It swiftly picks up to modern times, and more modern-day UFOs, following the lives of Timika Mars, an investigative journalist, Barry Regis and Alan Young, top-secret military pilots and childhood friends, Nicolas Tan, a young archaeologist, and Jennifer Quinn, a rich English heiress, who are all daring to unravel the truth about... well, they're not sure yet. But they aren't alone in their search for the truth. And in fact, they may not be alone in the universe, either.
The reader is brought along for many different journeys, instead of having to follow around just one protagonist. This gives Delonge and Hartley the chance to tell a very hectic story without ever losing them.
For those of you who've followed Tom Delonge's nonfictional search for the truth about UFOs and aliens, and especially for those who've read Book 1, "A Fire Within" is equal parts original and familiar.
That is to say, the plot includes triangle UFOs (specifically referring to the "Tr3b"), flying discs, cigar-shaped craft, crop circles, remote viewing, cattle mutilations, Atlantis, fairies(!), and well, aliens of course. Not the stereotypical aliens you might expect in a summer blockbuster, but a more relatable and as a result, more ominous kind.
Almost every plot line in the book can be followed up with a Google search, which will lead you to real news articles and declassified government files, all requiring their own long reading sessions to fully grasp. After all, a good chunk of "A Fire Within" takes place at Area 51, AKA "Dreamland."
This book should be read with caution. The heads of Tom Delonge and A.J. Hartley are admittedly full of real government intel, and so that means "A Fire Within" is full of real government intel... and possibly even disinformation.
That said, "A Fire Within" is a breezy read that picks up where the government has left off - filling in all the redacted lines from the Roswell case files, and others like it, with memorable and colorful characters and scenes.
If you consider yourself a fan of ufology, "A Fire Within" makes sense to add to your bookshelf. However, for people who are new to the field or Tom Delonge's book series, it's advised to do some independent searching for the truth before delving into this "fantastical" take on it.
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