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First Born Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031287250X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312872502
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,145,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Crammed with sci-fi effects, this is an imaginative but rather sophomoric debut thriller by a Long Island ex-psychiatric counselor turned journalist interested in paranormal phenomena and alien abduction. As the story begins, power-grasping Neo Tech, a super-secret arm of the National Security Agency that utilizes ESP for international espionage, calls in its most sensitive "remote viewer," lovely young Casey Lee Armstrong, to examine a small, otherworldly artifact taken from the uterus of a young Mexican "virgin" in 1994, during the C-section delivery of her son. (Shortly after the birth, both mother and baby were killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident.) The results of Casey's psychic probe are a set of map coordinates that point to Colorado Springs and a middle-aged woman who had a UFO encounter in Mexico City during the solar eclipse of 1991. Now, nine years later, just past the stroke of midnight of the old millennium, the woman gives birth to a strange baby--extraterrestrial, devil or messiah, it's unclear--and an identical artifact is removed from her uterus. The Neo Tech bad guys erase Casey's memory of her seance and head to Colorado, scheming to kidnap the baby. However, the telepathic link between psychic Casey and the mystical new life force overpowers her artificial amnesia and she is drawn to the coordinates. Set up as a patsy for the murder of a priest, Casey tries desperately to enlist the aid of a cop who has been cured of fatal ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) through contact with the baby. Fanciful plotting and fast action only partially compensate for Sears's corny premise and untutored prose, with its scattergun POV. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-An X-Files type of story with a messianic twist, this novel demands that readers suspend reality fairly early. Nevertheless, it will hold their attention. Molly and Thomas Reed lost their only child to a drowning accident. Unexpectedly, and almost miraculously, Molly becomes pregnant 15 years later. Meanwhile, Casey Armstrong is experiencing confusion, depression, and a feeling of amnesia. She functions as a sort of psychic spy for the military. Unknown to her, she has done a remote viewing for members of a global, top-secret group that actually runs the world and the memory has been blocked from her conscious awareness. Meanwhile the Reeds' baby is born. Within a few days, John begins to speak and seems to have an awareness and understanding of those around him that defy logic. Casey soon realizes that she must go to see this special baby. Before long the evil members of the group are trying to find John, ultimately to destroy him, fearing he is of alien origin. Those who have come in contact with him, though, sense something higher in him-possibly the Second Coming? A series of healings that John initiates, including that of a police officer investigating the murders that seem to be occurring around this unusual child, seems to confirm this belief. The nonstop action, suspense, and strange doings should keep most teens interested through to the demise of the bad guys and the safe retreat of the unusual baby.
Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Mims on March 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The last time a birth such as Richard Sears presents in FIRST BORN occured a nova exploded in the eastern sky, herald angels announced Good News to shepherds guarding flocks by night, three Magi rode into Bethlehem bearing gifts, and dark forces were released to destroy the infant Jesus. In Richard Sears' apocalyptic thriller, no astrological sign appears in the heavens, and the infant John Reed is not of virgin born. Instead his mother is an unhappily married menopausal lady and he a changeling who may or may not be the future Buddha or a devil in disguise. For that matter, he may be the key to mankinds' salvation. As for the Magi, there is a modern equivalent in a lady named Casey Lee Armstrong, by vocation a "remote viewer" psychic in the employ of Neo Tech, part of a world wide clandestine organization. Although a local priest, impressed by baby John Reed's awesome powers, proclaims him a new messiah, Neo Tech is not convinced he is even human, let alone holy. They assign beautiful Casey Lee to solve the mystery of this seemingly miraculous child. Not unlike Saint Paul, Miss Armystrong through her superior psychic perception recognizes goodness when she sees it and is converted to John's cause. Now she and everyone connected with the child is marked for destruction by the dark forces of Neo Tech. Keeping within the hero cycle of the Wonder Child theme, there is, of course, a guardian angel to guide the "Holy Family" through its ordeal in the guise of a police detective appropriately named Michael Caruso. Although confined to action thriller formula, Mr. Sears surmounts that limitation and creates a riveting tale of anxiety, mayhem, and hope for mankind's future. Once started the Reader will not put this book down until finished. This is the kind of story that begs for a trilogy. I only hope it is made into a movie. It is a natural for the "silver screen."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Donohue on January 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has lived in Montauk, NY, for many years, I was very interested in Mr Sears' use of the naval base here as a back-drop for the early part of the novel. There has been so much legend and speculation regarding top secret experiments conducted at Camp Hero that the idea of it being used as a remote veiwing headquarters adds even more to the mystique of the place. As far as the novel is concerned, I found it thought-provoking and imaginative, including the inter-dimensional hypothesis used to explain the alien abduction phenomenon and the birth of psychic - Indigo - babies. Fast-paced and well-plotted, it kept me turning the pages to the end. I look forward to more from Mr Sears... How about a sequel?
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In 1991 Mexico City, a woman encounters a UFO. Just after midnight on January 1, 2000 in Colorado Springs, that same woman gives birth to a boy. The infant John Reed is a new breed of humanity. He possesses an adult-like ability to communicate. He has the talent to heal life-threatening diseases. Finally, the baby contains the skill to see deep into the soul of people.

The clandestine but powerful espionage organization Neo Tech wants John because they internationally control anyone with ESP abilities. They send their best operative Casey Armstrong to capture the child and learn more about his alien origin. However, Casey's psychic link to John opens up her mind to his goodness of purpose. Casey's employers realize they have lost her to John and thus set her up to take the fall in the murder of a priest. Casey turns to police officer Mike Caruso for help, but he needs John to save his life from a fatal disease. However, what is John? Is he humanity's savior or is he the beginning of the end as the first Homo superior-alien infant?

FIRST BORN is an exciting, fast-paced tale that centers on a half human infant battling with a CIA-like group. The concept of John being a superior being due to the alien abduction of his mother falls short because the tale centers on the attempts on his life rather than on him. Still, those who relish action, action, and more action will enjoy this novel. The rest of us will philosophically ponder what all these aliens see in us and wonder why ET cannot visit a blood bank and clone the next generation?

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By owookiee VINE VOICE on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
First Born was a really great book.. up until the end. There was just something missing that kept me from feeling like the story was wrapped up. Maybe it was because Sears never *really* tells you the whole story, and you'll come away with two entirely different impressions of the book, dependent on whether or not you read the epilogue.
And although this is booked as a kind of supernatural thriller, I didn't find it to be unbelievably so. Some authors tend to go overboard with abduction and conspiracy theories, but I think Sears did a great job with it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midge Steadman on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"In this robust fictitious account we find one of the government's Remote Viewing experts caught in a dangerous web involving a very interesting baby. Your fingers will be busy turning these pages rapidly as the author brings together concepts of science, religion and mysticism in a very compelling fashion. It reads like an edge-of-your-seat-thriller." -Pendulum Newsletter, 12/99
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