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Children of Earth [Kindle Edition]

Lorinda Donovan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons mission to study Pluto and what lies beyond it. 'Children of Earth' tells a tale of what it might find...and how it will forever change humanity.

Editorial Reviews


"Donovan's prose is crisp, and the novel's pacing is sharp...a fast-paced, thoughtful adventure likely to please sci-fi fans." -- Kirkus Reviews


In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons probe to give the people of Earth their first good look at the dwarf planet Pluto, and then to study what lies beyond it in the outer reaches of the solar system. CHILDREN OF EARTH tells the harrowing story of what it discovers in 2015 -- the answer to the ages-old question, "Are we alone?"

The answer is no. We never have been. The discovery of an ancient race hidden in plain sight sets in motion a global initiative never before attempted. But if Earth is to survive the threat they present, the plan must succeed -- and only a small team of brave men, women and revolutionary artificial intelligence stand between the human race and its potential destruction.

CHILDREN OF EARTH is equal parts sci-fi action-adventure, a love letter to the bygone days of America's manned space program and a story about people from all walks of life, how their individuality defines humanity as an important race -- one worthy of saving and worthy of, if not quite prepared for, the next stage of evolution.

Product Details

  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 539 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! July 13, 2013
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Children of Earth is an astonishing, science fiction- meta-physical accomplishment. Ms Donovan has managed to write a pulse pounding, post-apocalyptic epic novel that rivals just about anything in it's genre I have ever read.

As people on Earth watch with dread, one planet after another within our solar system disappears. As the best scientific minds on the planet scramble to bolster Earth's defenses, a splinter group within the alien's AI consciousness suddenly realizes that Earth is populated by sentient beings. Faced, suddenly, with a moral dilemma, this group infiltrates the bodies of three humans in order to warn mankind of it's doom.

This is an epic tale involving a huge cast of fully realized characters, artificial intelligence, cowardice, bravery, alien life forms, high-tech space travel, quantum physics, life after death, and streaming consciousness~
It is an awe-inspiring story that will take your breath away.

This is very well written, but, for the sake of honesty, there is one rider- this author decided to write the whole novel in the present tense... admirable (and very, very tricky). I admit that she pulled it off, although to be honest I found myself wishing that I wasn't SO aware of always being in the here and now... there is nothing technically wrong with this approach, but it can be a little dizzying- especially with such a huge cast! I was, because of this, actually tempted to take away the FIFTH star- but I couldn't do it- this story is just too good to quibble about writing styles!

This is just the beginning of a longer story so I am not able to say whether things will turn out alright in the end, but it is such a magnificent tale, I will certainly purchase the next installment to find out for myself.

Bravo- 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read March 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For anyone interested in science fiction this is the book for you. Very visual, you feel like you are there while reading the book which is one of the reasons I loved it so much. Didn't want to put it down and I was reading on an iphone not the best e reader. Quick paced and attention grabbing I can totally see this as a movie. Must purchase and read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand scope August 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First. This is a very readable book, and worth the time.

This Story is told somewhat in the style of soft Tom Clancy combined with Sir Arthur C. Clarke. What do I mean by that? The first quarter of the book is spent setting the stage and highlighting back story for the very large cast of important characters. Starting with seemingly unrelated, unexpected, and unusual characters being introduced at various times leading up to the events of the story... To be honest, perhaps too large a cast is focused on. Yes, when that character becomes relevant later on - you are already familiar with their back story, however not all of that story was actually important to the flow of the story. Some of it really could have been skipped and you can wait until you meet the character in the natural course of the story to start getting to know them. But that is Author's choice on how she wants to write for her readers.

And like Clarke in that sometimes he tackled some grandiose stories with earthshaking (Seriously... No pun intended - honest) consequences and results from large actions which were the focus of his stories. Ms. Donovan has certainly created a story on that scale. Literally you have planets being destroyed, religion, afterlife, Working AI (self aware at that), Aliens, Star flight, particle weapons, black holes, a giraffe and perhaps the most explosive childbirth I have ever read. And I am sure I have left something out. (I left mention of the Rhino out on purpose)

I will admit, this is not the most polished book you will read from a well edited publishing house, from an established veteran author. Some mechanical and research/timeline/science problems slipped in the writing. A not too important example is the use of the Richter scale in a minor plot point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! Grab hold of your seat and hold on. Great Sci- September 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Children of Earth by Lorinda Donovan is a great book for all you sci-fi and post-apocalyptic readers and will keep your glued to the edge of your seat throughout the book. It is full of nonstop action and adventure.

The author did a great job of storytelling and developed a book that is both real to life and believable. It was easy to get into the story and follow along with the various twist and turns which kept popping up. I love when I can place myself into a story and identify with it.

Lorinda Donovan's characters were well developed and easy it identify with. She built a great background for each and tied the background into the story. Again, I love when I can relate to the characters and follow along with them and the story.

And, what an ending. I can't wait for the next volume.

I really enjoyed Children of Earth by Lorinda Donovan and I highly recommend this book to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A.I., Bang Bang nuclear drive and spirits October 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I kind of liked the novel, but it is not hard hard sci fi.
An anti-matter powered particle weapon sort of heads the list of sci fi
innovations in this novel. I got to the end to find the Earth destroyed
and a sequel on the way. The spirit world fantasy element might
have been OK if some rationalization were given,
but as it stands it is too much a "god from the machine" device for me.
There are some really good characters and characterizations in this novel,
but the planet killer space ship using quantum black holes,
kind of left me cold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "black space between the stars – bleak and endless"
From Maryland to Houston, to Kenya, to China, to Antarctica, to Pluto and beyond, this science fiction novel is quite ambitious. There are more characters than locales. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sci fi tale
This book rocks, with strong characterization and a very realistic imagining of an alien life's contact with Earth. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Keegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down!
Finished the book and oh WOW! I could relate to the characters, it was suspenseful and well researched and written. If you love space, aliens and the future, this is for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully written
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book has space and aliens. Need I say more? This book was amazing, just down right amazing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written, but character overloaded
Ms. Donovan was kind enough to provide a copy of her book for review. I do so as a fan of sci-fi stories.

I found the book draining. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tempting Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Children of Earth
After alien artificial intelligence takes over the body of three human beings, with a failed attempt on a fourth that proved fatal, Earth learns that it has been marked for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by rmframe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
This was a amazing book! The only disappointment was I couldn't have this book in paper format, so I didn't get reprimanded by the judge-y flight attendant when told to turn off my... Read more
Published 15 months ago by AnnY
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This book has it all. Out space, aliens, AI's, war of the world, out of body travel..............where is the next book?.... I want it! I can't wait to see what happens next. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eve
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This starts out O.K. but derails in the last quarter to be quite sloppy; and then, "To Be Continued"? Yuck.
Published 19 months ago by TXCR
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More About the Author

I'm a Philly girl, born & raised. Yo! I've always loved to tell stories, been doing it since I was a kid. But I also loved visual arts, so I went to college thinking I was going to become a graphic designer, and ended up a film major. Met my husband there and after graduation we packed up and hauled ourselves Beverly Hillbillies-style out to Hell-A.

We had a pretty good run out there: I was an assistant editor during the big transition from film to digital, and my husband worked the last hurrah of hand-drawn animation. But the change to all things digital and CG (and outsourcing) hit the entire industry workforce hard, severely cutting down the number of available jobs. So we re-evaluated our priorities and decided to pack it in. Several moves and a daughter later, we found ourselves living in North Dakota -- oh yah, you betcha. Now I'm going back to storytelling in the hopes of making a career out of it -- the one I should've always pursued. Here's hoping it works.


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