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Frontier Earth Hardcover – November 1, 1999
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From the outset, we are thrust into a cat and mouse game. The predators are creatures who do not feed simply on human flesh, but feast, indeed savor, human terror. The prey is a man without a memory. But there's far more at stake that just his life...if only he could recall why.
At times, the reader is caught up in the events leading to the most famous showdown in American western history, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Then changing gear, the unfolding drama is seen from the alien perspectives of hunter and hunted, both of whom are confused by human motivations and self-righteous, conflicting moralities.
Cocky and self-assured, caught up in their own unfolding drama, the human players have no comprehension that the very future of Earth is at stake as they head towards their own violent climax. A climax that without alien involvement, may have seen history written very differently....
The book is punctuated with a rich patina of sensations. Not simply visual, but visceral. The brutality of the aliens is described with imagery that reaches into our primitive hindbrain and shakes it uncomfortably. Yet we also see that some humans too, feed on terror and in many ways are as unprincipled as the most horrific of aliens our imaginations can conjure.
Read this one carefully to savor the tastes and textures of a well written, first book. I look forward to a sequel.
This type of believeable alien is similar to those done by William H. Keith in his novels, and therefore it is no suprise to see Bill Keith acknowledged in the book.
I was forced to stay up far too late to finish this book. I hope there are more forthcoming, and more information on the Associatives, and the eerily dangerous Kra'agh.
The protagonist is Monitor Macklin, a human being from stock that came originally from Earth, and sent to Earth to keep us safe from the predator aliens. There's a couple problems, though: the predator Kra'augh are already here, getting ready to move in, strip-mine the planet and enjoy hunting the Food -- us. And Macklin's ship crash-landed and he's lost a chunk of his memory. His AI implant is working hard to feed him data, but his head injury is making it hard to get through. To make it more interesting, Macklin arrives in Tombstone shortly before the OK Corral shootout (and if you don't know what this is, go watch Tombstone).
The story focuses on Macklin trying to figure out why he's here and who he is and why he knows what horses and saddles are, but has obviously never ridden. Meanwwhile, Monitor Doreen, Macklin's partner and lover, who did land safely (they were both dodging the predator ships when they landed), is busy looking for him. Concurrent with that, two predator scouts are on the move, killing some Food (and pleased with the sport can give) and trying to find the Monitors so they can't send for help.
It's competently written, if a little clumsy sometimes. Nothing fancy in the structure, just the linear storyline ad a few memory flashes of the past from Macklin. I'd guess that Boxleitner is a man with a story to tell, and has chosen to tell it more like a western than sf.Read more ›
The Kr'agh trail Macklin, munching on humans along the way and absorbing their intelligence like a sponge. The Kr,agh soon disguise themselves as human and join the Clanton gang. Macklin allies himself with the Earp brothers. Doris catches up and helps Macklin regain his memory, as the OK Corral is about to occur.
At first glance, the story line of FRONTEIR EARTH seems like a zillion other novels with similar themes that for the most part failed. However, Babylon 5 star Bruce Boxleitner provides freshness to the OK Corral that will please science fiction and western fans. The plot is filled with non-stop action and actually appears plausible. The Monitors are an interesting duo and the Kr'agh make for some vile villains. Mr. Boxleitner shows a deft touch that will lead to readers wanting more novels in this universe.
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Great pacing, fantastic blending of history and science fiction. I highly recommend it for any fan of westerns or science fiction.Published 2 months ago by None
Some times slow and but worth the read. Interesting slant on the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Nice mix of cowboys and aliens.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this to complete a 2 book set. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is a very good writer, as both these novels (Frontier Earth and it's sequel Frontier Earth: Searcher [ I believe... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael T. Currie
I have now read both of his books in this series. It is only way the reader will really enjoy the books (understanding the whole idea behind the story). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chester Fleming
Bruce Boxleitner is so multi-talented-this book as his other has been a fast page turner. Just wish he had wrote more!Published on September 12, 2013 by Beverly
very good book. I buy this how Bruce Boxleitner writes he good. I didn't western. I like it.
So this isn't the type of book I'd normally read. I'm not a western fan at all, although I do like sci fi, but I figured I'd give it a try, mainly because of the author, I confess. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Jacks
I heard about this book over Tumblr actually. I'm a fan of Bruce Boxleitner and was curious about his written works. I bought this book "used" and it was in good condition. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Quilly