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Four campers experience the unimaginable....
A signal from deep space is detected....
NASA and SETI scramble for answers....
But what they discover is...terrifying.

When four campers decide to take a short vacation in the pine forests of Mount Shasta, a potentially active volcano, and some say, a mystical mountain region in the Cascade Mountain Range of Northern California, it turns out they aren't alone....

After a long drive through the Shasta Trinity National Forest, British MIT graduate Tom Bishop and his three friends set up camp in the closed-for-the-season Pine Crags Wilderness Campsite, in the shadows of Mount Shasta. As they exchange legends about the mysterious mountain, something appears from the woods which defies all logic....

Meanwhile SETI scientist and exo-solar planet hunter Dr. Lucy Davies is monitoring the array of computer screens in front of her while carrying out a routine ET signal sweep when she almost drops her mug of coffee, as one of the screens starts flashing - indicating a confirmed detection of a signal from space.... Upon closer annalysis however the signal is even more intriguing. Whilst it appears to emanate from space, it actually terminates at a remote location in the Cascade Mountain Range of the western USA - an area known as Cobalt Ridge. 

As NASA and SETI scientists scramble to determine if the signal is a genuine fist contact from an alien species, Tom and his friends are frantically searching for two of their team, missing since the campsite incident. As they uncover more clues, their search leads them down a remote series of old mining tunnels towards the base of Mount Shasta. What they eventually discover there however stuns the scientific community. But, are the space signals what they appear to be? Do they represent genuine contact from an alien inteligence...or could they amount to something even more sinister...?

Salient is a fast-paced, unpauseable science fiction action thriller which will have you listening until the very end as you are taken on an edge-of-your-seat mystery ride.

©2018 Mr Simon Rosser (P)2019 Mr Simon Rosser

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  • Barbara Gilbert
  • 20-05-2020

Wow What a great story

Loved this story. I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first with the big foot side of the story. However, the author and narrator did an excellent job at portraying an alien vibe to the whole thing. I was thrilled by the twists and turns the author used to draw the listener in. This is a great story to listen too.

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  • 01-05-2020

First Contact?

I enjoyed Salient. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest review. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the shoes of the person who may be the first to have contact with someone/something from out yonder, read this story. I did not particularly care for the narrator. I recommend this story.

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  • Wayne
  • 03-12-2019

A great read

**** SPOILER ALERT ****

"Salient" is my introduction to Rosser's writing. I listened to it on Audible, but I highly recommend this book in whatever format that you enjoy.
The author does a fine job of world building and character development.  Rosser weaves a good tale balancing action and exposition. 
I suspect, based in the epilogue that this is the lead book in a series, I hope so.
This next bit won't interest text readers, but Audible users might be interested... David Loving, the narrator, does a great job of bringing the book to life.  I look forward to hearing more from him in future.
In the interest of transparency: I was given a free review copy of this book and I am voluntarily sharing this review. 
It is my own honest opinion. 

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  • Ryan Schukei
  • 24-11-2019

What might it be like to experience a first contact with an alien race.

Excellent book with lots of action and twists. It addresses many questions that pertain to contact with aliens.

The narrator had a problem with the pronunciation of some words and was unable to read a British accent consistently. He did an adequate job of reading however.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-2019

Horribly irritating narration.

I couldn't even get through the prologue since the narration was so horrible. All you can hear is someone that sounds like they're having trouble breathing, so you don't really hear the story.

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  • JPB
  • 06-01-2020

Shame about the performance

I really enjoyed this story but it was massively let down by the narrator and his attempts at a British accent. It was a real struggle to continue at times.

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