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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756409322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756409326
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is an exciting story, well told and well written.... An excellent SF thriller by a new writer, one whose future books will be well worth watching for."—VOYA
"Adams writes with an elaborate, intricate prose ... [and] weaves an elegant tale that makes for fascinating reading."—Locus
"Ms. Adams proves herself to be a major talent to watch with this complex and fascinating tale."—RT Book Reviews
"Telepathy is a well-used theme in SF, but seldom is it used with the effect that Adams is able to create."—Kliatt

About the Author

Terry A. Adams is the author of first-contact science fiction novels Sentience and Master of Chaos. Sentience was a Best First Novel in Locus in 1986 and was nominated for the 1987 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Adams currently lives in Indiana.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward K. Lincoln on October 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had mixed feeling about this book. I liked that the author returned to a "First Contact" story like the first book. There actually aren't a lot of First Contact stories anymore. There was a little bit of a mystery plot regarding the aliens, an explanation for how a race with this simple a culture could ever develop space travel. Unfortunately, the protagonist has become a bit unlikeable. The protagonist is dismissive of documentary evidence from intercepted transmissions, and condescending towards the religion expert. She refuses to look at the aliens sexuality (which is a crucial thing to learn about when studying a new species.) There are several situations where if she had just stopped and listened to people, she could have figured out what was going on. To be fair, the author seemed to be aware of this, and there were comments by other characters indicating it was a flaw.
The prior book left her in a situation where she had a young child and was completely dependent on the wealth and political influence of her boyfriend. I think this subplot was supposed to be about her asserting her independence, but it came off as her using him. It seemed highly questionable to leave your young child with a boyfriend who isn't the father when you are having doubts about the relationship. Ultimately, I empathized much more with the guy left at home with the baby who's girlfriend was...less emotionally involved in the relationship, and saw him as a symbol of dependance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thorbury on October 17, 2013
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Her name is Hanna Bassanio, and she is a living legend, both famous and notorious.

Born on the isolated planet D'Neera, populated exclusively by genetically modified telepaths, Hanna was the first one to leave her world and work with ordinary "true-humans" in a quest to discover alien civilizations. Being telepathic, she couldn't help sensing a great deal of hostility and suspicion on the part of most of her shipmates, but she was able to cope with that.

Then came the horrific first contact with the People of Zeig-Daru, which changed Hanna forever. She came out victorious against all odds, but at great personal cost.

All of that took place in a book called "Sentience", by Terry A. Adams. In the following story, "The Master of Chaos", Hanna befriended a group of benign aliens, the Uskosians, but again horrible things happened to her and her friends, and she ended up for a time turning renegade. Her experiences would be enough to unhinge anyone, so no surprise there.

At the start of Book Three, called "Battleground", Hanna finds herself in quite a predicament. She has a newborn son, Mickey, conceived in Book Two, but she does not have her freedom. Technically she is still an outlaw. Were it not for her friends the Uskosians, she would probably be in prison. Or worse -- they might subject her to Personality Adjustment, a virtual death sentence. Her body would live on, but she wouldn't be the same person.

To try to prove her worth to the Interworld Polity, the main interstellar human government, Hanna begins teaching others, especially fellow D'Neeran telepaths, the art of dealing with aliens. Ordinary humans, slowly but surely, are beginning to appreciate what D'Neerans can do for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 15, 2013
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DAW, Oct 1 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780756409326

Planet D'neera was colonized by mutated humans as a haven from racism. Telepaths, recently the populace has become accepted by other human races enabling those like Lady H'ana ril-Koroth, using the name Hanna Bassiano, to explore other planets and people (see Sentience).

An expert on first contact (see The Master of Chaos), Hanna travels on the alien ship Endeavor Three with a mission to reverse engineer a trek by aliens from a planet dubbed "Battleground" contacting humans on New Earth over two centuries ago. Using her telepath skills, Hanna mentally reaches out in space only her first contact communication frightens her as the species is shark-like feral.

This sequel to The D'neeran Factor omnibus reprint of Sentience and The Master of Chaos is an exciting science fiction. The engaging storyline focuses on first-contact specialist Hanna who at times frustrates readers as she has become a prima donna leading to errors that should have been avoided if she heeded the thoughts of xeno-specialists; my late mother-in-law would have said to Hanna: "you think you're so smart, you dope". Still readers who appreciate a solid first contact thriller will want to read Terry A. Adams's entertaining outer space saga.

Harriet Klausner
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