ISBN: 9781519740243, an e-book by Bill Higgins, first self-published as The Project by William D. Higgins in 2007.
Plot: The reader is introduced to “the project” as Reuben Garrett proceeds to meet with a high level governmental ‘security officer’ to play him a tape made years before of a secret meeting with President Kennedy that acknowledged recognition of the fact that UFO’s were making not infrequent visits to earth. We next are introduced to protagonist Dave Reed, a former Air Force Officer who, after a short time as a security guard, now functions as a night shift message watch officer for several organizations in the CIA. He is a likeable guy, constantly sleep-deprived because of his simultaneous studying for his M.A. degree He equates well with his co-worker Mary Ann Adams, as well as his supervisor Whitley Larson and co-worker Bob Wang, a huge Chinese-American weightlifter who was born in America but raised in Hong Kong and incidentally has a relative with top secret clearance. He has an interest in UFO’s after having experienced a brush with one in flight that he has been ordered ‘to forget’. Reports of an increased number of sightings of the craft are reported as particularly prevalent in the very small town of Ramps, W. Virginia. Co-incidentally, the message center receives a flash message from NORAD of an unusual sighting over the Bering Sea followed shortly by a strange call from the organization’s Commanding Officer to forget it as it was an error. Dave has been corresponding with a character, John ‘Tater’ Potts who had had encounters with UFO’s in Ramps. He has a long week-end so decides to get together with him to talk about them. Bob accompanies him and here they meet Tater, his well-educated sister Shelby, the local Sheriff’s Deputy, the head of a civilian organization established to investigate UFO’s and a pleasant stranger Dan Hoffman, who is not exactly who he appears to be. From here the story unfolds with a picture of governmental cover-up and a strange tale of the purported origin of, activity of, and reasons for this activity by the inhabitants of the space ships. All ensuing activity proceeds to an explanation of certain ‘happenings’ and an epilogue with a resulting ‘correction’.
Discussion/Conclusion: The author has provided interesting conjectural reasons for the origin, existence, functions and especially reasons for existence of UFO’s.
4* Tale offering still another conjectural ‘raison d’être’ for the UFO’s.