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Turnabout [Mass Market Paperback]

Andy Mangels , Michael A. Martin
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Nov. 11 2003 Roswell
Based in Liz's most recent vision the gang determine that Isabel's fate awaits her in LA, the same place their parents are being held by the FBI. Suspicious the group slits up and head in different directions. Concerned for Isabel's safety Max sends his sister of with the others and heads for Isabel to find they are in trouble.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Turnabout: An Attempt to Bring Closure Nov. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Turnabout, the sequel to Pursuit, is an attempt to tie up the loose ends of the television series Roswell, a story of science fiction set amidst the mind fields of teen angst. This is probably as futile as trying to end the story of Superman, though the authors do try to deliver. Unfortunately, by the last 75 pages of the book, I got the impression that they were losing interest and had not been paid enough for the time necessary to thoroughly research such an overly complex back story.
The overall writing gets a B+. It flows almost all of the time, but this is not the stuff of Pulitzer Prizes, nor is it intended to be. There is no eloquent prose, and there are a few typos.
Effort to please the fans and stick to the canon also gets a B. It's really a shame it's not an A+, because heroic efforts were obviously made to tie up all the loose ends in a Mobius strip of words. However, it is also obvious is that no hard core fans were invited to proof read for errors of content. In addition to reprinting the errors from the Prologue to Pursuit, there were several new mistakes in the back story, which leave the devoted and the uninitiated both asking, 'why bother?' These include: (1) the reappearance of a gun that was permanently melted on the television show in part of a brilliant bit of cinematography, (2) mention of Tess using a car bomb (instead of her alien powers as actually occurred on the show) to destroy a military base, and (3) agent John Stevens, who died in the first season of the show, is credited with disbanding the Special Unit in season 2 (it was really done by the shapeshifter Nasedo posing as agent Pierce).
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice sequel Nov. 3 2003
By tammy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book picks up where pursuit left off with liz and max's parents being kipnapped by the special unit and our 6 fugitives deciding to stop running and take the fight to the goverment for better or worse. along the way to this showdown, deputy valenti, amy deluca, agent duff, even brody davis gets involved in trying to stop the special unit once and for all. it does all come to a head and the writer closes a lot of issues the show did not get a chance to because it was cancelled prematurely. while this book did not have the excitement of the first book, it is a good one for all roswell fans and i just hope that there will be more roswell books from diffrent authors with diffrent ideals. the writers left too much in the air for just a couple of books to be printed. a must read for roswell fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Turnabout: An Attempt to Bring Closure Nov. 20 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Turnabout, the sequel to Pursuit, is an attempt to tie up the loose ends of the television series Roswell, a story of science fiction set amidst the mind fields of teen angst. This is probably as futile as trying to end the story of Superman, though the authors do try to deliver. Unfortunately, by the last 75 pages of the book, I got the impression that they were losing interest and had not been paid enough for the time necessary to thoroughly research such an overly complex back story.
The overall writing gets a B+. It flows almost all of the time, but this is not the stuff of Pulitzer Prizes, nor is it intended to be. There is no eloquent prose, and there are a few typos.
Effort to please the fans and stick to the canon also gets a B. It's really a shame it's not an A+, because heroic efforts were obviously made to tie up all the loose ends in a Mobius strip of words. However, it is also obvious is that no hard core fans were invited to proof read for errors of content. In addition to reprinting the errors from the Prologue to Pursuit, there were several new mistakes in the back story, which leave the devoted and the uninitiated both asking, 'why bother?' These include: (1) the reappearance of a gun that was permanently melted on the television show in part of a brilliant bit of cinematography, (2) mention of Tess using a car bomb (instead of her alien powers as actually occurred on the show) to destroy a military base, and (3) agent John Stevens, who died in the first season of the show, is credited with disbanding the Special Unit in season 2 (it was really done by the shapeshifter Nasedo posing as agent Pierce).
It would have been better if more space had been devoted to explaining the mechanics and biology of the scifi elements (which were, by the way, quite cool) instead of doing a back story rewrite that was not quite accurate. Admittedly, the back story was nicely woven into the plot, rather than taking up chunks of pages, which the reader would likely skip. But Roswellians (as fans are self-monikered) are sticklers for detail and accuracy.
Still, what really bothers me about Turnabout is the horror factor (or 'yech' factor, as in the X-files). References to gore are not without precedence in either the tv show or the original Roswell High series. However, the emphasis here is at the expense of the relationship building which was the foundation of the fan base.
Die hard fans will want to read Turnabout, although, to paraphrase Nicholas from the Harvest episode, the series may be over, but surely Turnabout is not the end of the story.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! Dec 20 2004
By *chosen01* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hi.

Any Fan of ROSWELL will love this book.

There is 4 books set after Season 3.

A New Beginning, Nightscape, Pursuit and Turnabout.

The 1st two books are by a different author but are equally as good.

The finale 2 books are what should be the ROSWELL MOVIE.

They tie up all the loose ends and have everything you could ever hope for in them.

They are a mixture of the action, comedy, drama. Basically like the writing of Season 1 (The white room) standard.

I really can't express how happy I was to read these books, they answer all the questions that were left.

E.g.

Their Parents back in Roswell

The Dupes

FBI

Growing Powers

Jessie

Langley

River Dog

Flashes (when they were on the desert w/ the alien symbols)

The Orbs (Explains more about when they went off on season 1 final and what they really mean/do).

So over all I am so happy with this book and recommend it to anyone!!!.

So thank you the Cast and Crew of ROSWELL and a special thank-you to Andy Mangles and Michael A Martin for continuing the story :-)
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice sequel Nov. 3 2003
By tammy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book picks up where pursuit left off with liz and max's parents being kipnapped by the special unit and our 6 fugitives deciding to stop running and take the fight to the goverment for better or worse. along the way to this showdown, deputy valenti, amy deluca, agent duff, even brody davis gets involved in trying to stop the special unit once and for all. it does all come to a head and the writer closes a lot of issues the show did not get a chance to because it was cancelled prematurely. while this book did not have the excitement of the first book, it is a good one for all roswell fans and i just hope that there will be more roswell books from diffrent authors with diffrent ideals. the writers left too much in the air for just a couple of books to be printed. a must read for roswell fans.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PURSUIT + TURNABOUT = CLOSURE? March 29 2005
By Just some poor guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, here we are. I've been looking and looking for a CHEAP version of Turnabout for a year and a half now and I finally just bit down on my wallet and shelled out the 200 dollars for the second part to the two part book finale of one of my all-time favorite shows, Roswell.

But was it worth it? Yes...and no.

First off, Pursuit and Turnabout are GREAT books. Very well written. The characters leapt off the page and I could imagine them all acting as they do in the book. Langley, in particular, was a spitting image of his TV counterpart. So many things were revealed and wrapped up and, with each progressing page, I grew more and more excited and fulfilled.

However...only two major complaints. One of the authors is gay, as most of you may know. And, although this doesn't bother me, it DOES bother me that he seems to turn these novels into soap boxes for gay rights/tolerance. This I didn't agree with. Roswell has always been about isolation but it's a sort of isolation that we all feel. Personally, I feel that Turnabout, at times, used this metaphor in relation to homosexuality ONLY and I don't think that was fair. There's a brief mention of the isolation that "big people" feel and that was positive, but it seemed that the finger of blame for all this isolation and oppression was pointed at "conserative Americans" or, even, "Fundamental Christians". AS a Christian, I, myself, felt very isolated by some of the passages in Turnabout, as I felt that the author was saying gays, Buddhists, aetheists, and every other "interest group" had a right to exist as they do, but those "darn Christians" don't. In a world where everying is tolerated EXCEPT Christianity, it's very easy for US to feel as unwanted aliens, persecuted by the fearful populace at large - no matter how "free thinking" they think they are.

But I digress.

I said I had one other complaint and this one isn't as controversial, but deals with one of the main concepts of the show. The conflict on Antar...It is never resolved! I realize that Max doesn't want to be a king, but we're talking about five planets spinning in the Antar solar system that are in a state of tyranny - MILLIONS of beings are DYING - and their last hope is a self-centered teenager who simply "doesn't want to help"? I found this very cold and, for all of Max and Liz wanting to tour the world and help people, you'd think they would want to help the very race that created the Royal Four hybrids to begin with. So, yes, I was very disappointed to see this MAJOR storyline was never properly resolved. I'd like to think that sometime in the future, we'll all know what happened to Kivar, but...sadly, by the very fact that the publishers ignorantly discontinued Turnabout and destroyed all the remaining copies, I don't think this will ever happen. Which is a shame.

All in all, Pursuit and Turnabout were a fast, exciting, heartfelt, and 99% satisfying end to a very underrated and much-loved show and I'm glad that, for good or for ill, I know how the series ended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kindle? Nov. 25 2011
By Lola Pinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is more of a question than a review but Where is the kindle version? Do they have one? I cannot afford this and I have all the others...
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