Letters To Evelyn

Non-Fiction - Memoir
108 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2016
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Author Biography

John Selman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976. He's always been comforted by the golden wing of his father, who was an experienced Naval Aviator and an airline pilot. John became enlightened by aviation, and all its associated activities when he learned of his father's 298 bombing missions during the Vietnamese Conflict. John joins Navy ROTC to follow in his father's footsteps when, he receives an invitation to visit his stepmother and father in Utica. Stressful conditions, among many others, such as calling an ambulance after being accepted to flight school, Peoria has to learn how to be a Navy pilot, go to war, and somehow fall in love with a special woman, whoever that may be.

In his debut story, Letters to Evelyn, which is a tall, hard-to-believe true story and U.S. Navy memoir to a point, and where it turns to a sci-fi comical and biblical foray for the last 40 of the book ending, John sees actual extraterrestrial crafts on 3 occasions, one being confirmed by a fellow University of Maine student friend on the night of October 22, 1997. Premonitions and visions give John in many instances the upper hand. But other experiences make it difficult for him to learn how to fly for the Navy and somehow fall in love, the latter of which being the only thing he ever wanted. In the conclusion, God, Adam and Eve return to Earth, arriving in the entity known as The Intergalactic Superhighway where immortality is finally achieved.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In a highly unique and interesting new read by debut author John Selman, Letters to Evelyn is a story that tells an intergalactic love story from a unique point of view. A love story that crosses genres, this book is one that readers will continue to think about long after the final page is read. Combining elements of traditional romance, science fiction, fantasy and adventure, Letters to Evelyn is a book that will appeal to a great many readers across genres. Will human/alien love be a success or is it destined to fail? You'll need to read this incredibly creative new book to find out!

I very much enjoyed Letters to Evelyn. The author clearly has a highly unique and unusual mind to come up with a story that readers are very unlikely to have encountered before. Finding a completely original story line is almost impossible nowadays, but that is exactly what this book does. Written as if from true life experience, this book comes across realistically, even in a fantastical environment. Readers will find themselves obsessively reading Letters to Evelyn from start to finish; it's a difficult story to put down. Any reader who enjoys romance, science fiction or fantasy should absolutely give this book a chance. I am pleased to be able to recommend it. I certainly hope that the author will continue these efforts in writing. With an unusual voice and unique writing style, it's hard to believe that the author would remain an undiscovered talent for long.

Eric Smith

Letters to Evelyn is part romance, part paranormal science fiction tale by author John Selman. The main character, and author of this rambling love letter to Evelyn, is named John Selman, which is just one of the unique and interesting ways in which this story is written. Letters to Evelyn is exactly that: a love letter to Evelyn that helps explain John’s life. It talks about who he is, where he grew up, and how he became the man that fell in love with her. He talks openly about his extraterrestrial experiences as if they are natural occurrences and doesn’t seem to worry about frightening Evelyn or coming on too strong. His letter is amazingly honest and unfiltered and shows himself as he is: for better or worse, in the hopes of being accepted and receiving a return of the love he has for Evelyn.

Letters to Evelyn is a very distinct story. I have never read anything like it before and I give the author credit for a massive amount of creativity. It is hard to categorize because it pulls its influence from so many different genres: love and romance, science fiction and paranormal, but also reality, intellect, and drama. The writing is beautiful and lyrical in places but also stilted and straightforward in others. It is a strange and delightful experience that everyone should try, if only to say that you have been exposed to something so different and so unique that it must be grand. Don't miss out on this exceptional tale!

Milan Fila

Letters to Evelyn is a unique novel by John Selman that starts off as a love story, but has a number of paranormal and science fiction elements. John is in love with Evelyn and wrote this novel as a giant letter for one reader: Evelyn. It is a confession of love, but more than that, it is also a story of his life and how he came to be the man that he so desperately wishes Evelyn might one day know and understand. But it is also very much about John’s experiences, including his extraterrestrial memories. He is very explicit about the experience and gives details to Evelyn of what he remembers. His first extraterrestrial memory is vague and he wonders if he imagined it or if it even happened at all. But, in contrast, his second extraterrestrial memory is sharp and clear. And all of this is written out for Evelyn, his one true love, to read and learn about his life. It is a confession of sorts, and the reader is almost like a voyeur as they peek into a heartfelt baring of John’s soul.

Letters to Evelyn might be the most unique story that I have ever read. It is part romance and part science fiction tale, and the author does a nice job of weaving those two story elements together. I was intrigued by this story and always wanted to know more about John, the narrating character. He was open, straight forward, and forthcoming, and yet also mysterious, shadowy, and full of intrigue. The author did a nice job of keeping the tension high in this story.