In Immortal Peace, Tyler Harris opens the story with an innocuously peaceful scene: Mario and Paige Ramirez have finally resolved to tell their son, Scott, that he’s adopted. However, their discussion is almost immediately upstaged by news stories of UFO sightings over Florida playing across all the news stations. Shortly afterwards, news reports indicate that ‘flying Frisbees’ have also been sighted in Morocco, where the aliens have landed and are attempting to communicate with the locals in a dialect of ancient Egyptian. Mario, a bulwark of skepticism in the midst of his UFO-obsessed family, finally receives a call from his mother, a professor of hieroglyphics at the University of Oregon, and discovers that she’s being flown to Africa the same day to act as a liaison between the CIA and the alien craft that set down in Morocco – but even he couldn’t have predicted the outcome.
Immortal Peace offers a unique twist on ‘we come in peace’, melding creation mythology, flying saucers and Egyptian links to extraterrestrials in a new and entertaining storyline. However, while Tyler Harris’s main story concept is original and in places delightfully ironic, the heavy focus on the minutiae of family life and teenage dating, almost a second story within the main story, does detract somewhat from the pacing of the action, and bogs the reader down in day-to-day descriptions of preparations for work and the business of unlocking doors. This book would be a sound choice for sci-fi readers looking for a gentle read and a new take on the utopian view of extraterrestrial intervention.