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Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Vu
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the twenty fourth century, a scientific experiment gave a few species the gift of intelligence, and after much struggle, they've carved out a place in society. By the thirtieth century, humans find themselves co-existing, negotiating, and residing on Earth with these animals as equals.

Maya Lawton is a lonely prostitute living in this world. She gives birth to the first halfkinds, creatures who are half animal-kind, and half mankind. Since interspecies breeding is illegal, she is forced into seclusion and raises them alone. Then one day, without warning, she dies, and her death leads to their discovery. Abandoned and lost, this family of halfkinds plan to escape to a terraformed moon. But the law is after them. The order is to kill, sent by the highest authority, the United Species Alliance.

What separates the Halfkinds series from the rest isn't only its unique premise, but also its structure. Chapters shift between the first person POV's of key characters and are presented in a non-linear fashion in order to create a mounting suspense that will keep the reader riveted until the end. Various plot twists occur within the story, and the different character viewpoints help alter the tone as you go along to give an unbiased presentation of their motives and actions. The setting allows a diverse cast of characters, some human, many not, to send a message that intelligence is a power that we take for granted, and when given to other species, the world becomes a dangerous place.

The Halfkinds Series

Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact (Available Now)
Halfkinds Volume 2: Horus (Available Now)
Halfkinds Volume 3: Alphas (Available Now)
Halfkinds Volume 4: North (Available Now!!!)

Halfkinds Volume 5: Grey....coming soon!

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For summaries, character descriptions, and other fun facts about The Halfkind Series check out:

Editorial Reviews


"This is the strangest, weirdest piece of science fiction that I have ever read! And I loved every minute of it!" - The Kindle Book Review

"The story contains plenty of interesting characters, and most of them are well-developed. It never went the way I thought it was going to go, so I was kept constantly surprised. Great work!" - Johi Jenkins, author of A Thrist Within

"It is a unique and creative story which would appeal to sci-fi enthusiasts." - Sherry Ellis, vine voice and author

About the Author

Andrew Vu is a writer currently living in Oakland, CA. He attended UC Berkeley and has been writing since he was a teenager.

His novels are fast paced, character driven stories sure to keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat.


Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988520605
  • Publisher: Recoil Books (November 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RG6AUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,185 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FREAKY!! May 12, 2013
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I generally love science fiction. Those who write good science fiction have great imagination coupled with a real knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology. Their stories are believable because they are rooted in fact.
This story, however, had its basis in the all American soap opera. There was a family barely held together by one person. When that one person went away the family divided itself into factions. Then came betrayal, conspiracy to commit murder, none for all and all for me. This wasn't a family: it was a gang war with one gang member pulling everyone else's strings.
Still, there were some great moments. A few of the family members genuinely cared for each other and even cared for the Benedict Arnold in the family. Some of the posse didn't want to carry out their original assignment, even when they couldn't explain why.
The ending is a bit of a twist, too. You wouldn't expect what we in the 21st century consider to be traditional enemies to get along at all, but they somehow manage.
Still, I expect my science fiction to have some science, other than to just say "it happened". If the author could improve in this area, he might have himself a nice little series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes and no May 16, 2013
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The story, backdrop, and character ideas were different and intriguing. The real hiccup with the book was overkill. Either the author has no faith that people reading will pick up on all the nuances or doesn't grasp the fine art of editing. About halfway through the story I started skipping pages and found it to be a better read. I am still unsure if I am willing to pay for another book unless it is used cheap. I enjoyed the idea, but the execution needs refinement
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted To Like It... July 14, 2013
By Mare M
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This is actually a one star book. I gave two stars because the idea is unique and the author actually did some editing prior to publishing.

I really wanted to like this book. The concept is brilliant. I truly wish I could say the same for the execution. This is an adult story line (note, this is not R or X rated, but the themes are adult). From the very beginning, we are introduced to prostitution, bestiality, and killing for no reason other than someone is different. Yet, the story is written at a middle school level, with about fourth grade grammar. In spite of that, I tried to continue to read.

I just couldn't get past 47%. It took me over a month to get that far and I'm an avid reader. I really wanted the author to take me somewhere worth going! From the second chapter, it went into mostly monologs. Interesting concept, but, again, not well executed. By the time I got to where each character was going in their monolog, I had forgotten why I was there. I finally gave up and deleted this book and book 2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive September 26, 2013
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I knew after reading a couple pages that this book was going to be bad, but i forced myself to finish it so i could give a through review.

This book felt like it was written for junior high kids. The characters were obvious with no hidden depth, and everything was laid out plainly in unnecessarily heavy and repetitive detail. However, it was pretty violent and graphic to be truly for that age group.
The author was constantly repeating chunks of info that really weren't that important to begin with. Yes, we get that this character was ugly and that one isn't that bright, you don't need to tell us every other page. Also, every character seemed to have the same type of emotions and general thoughts; if there wasn't a name at the start of each chapter i probably wouldn't know who was narrating it.

Lastly, i felt really disappointed with the story. It sounded interesting, but quickly started to go the way of a Stephen King horror novel where you just aren't sure who to root for and if it's worth becoming emotionally invested in the characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining and Unique Sci-Fi Read July 18, 2013
By N. Tran
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The author creates a compelling universe in which animals and mankind are no longer separated by their intelligence, just their instincts. This story of a human commando and his team of sentient animal operatives on a mission to destroy a family of genetic "half-breeds" provides fast-paced action, interesting characters, and an impressive futuristic world in which lions wage war against gorillas in Africa, pigs lead a rebellion to liberate Australia, and frogs are considered on the low end of species class spectrum.

I especially enjoyed the characters of Tiago and Curtis. These two turned out to be much more complex characters than your average one-characteristic stereotypes and the author was able to successfully give each his own unique voice. Also unexpected, although not necessarily unwelcome, were the sudden storyline twists. No character is safe in this book and the reader is challenged to manage his expectations. The author did an admirable job of creating an engaging universe with an interesting backstory, which helps to overcome the initial shock of talking animals cross-breeding with humans.

The book picks up pace after the first couple of chapters. After Simon Trevor forms his interspecies team of highly trained operatives, it's one explosive fight after another as the half-kinds struggle to escape their clutches while dealing with the dissension and betrayal within their own family. Half-Kinds is definitely worth taking a look at and I look forward to Volume 2 providing an even more polished and stylized version of this entertaining universe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a friend
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm sooooo glad he did, I have to say I wasn't expecting what was going to happen through to the end! Can't wait to read book 2!
Published 1 month ago by S. Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars not too much fun read.
Very difficult, not too much fun read.
Published 5 months ago by L G Beauvais
1.0 out of 5 stars Never finashed the novel, because I interested in the ...
Never finashed the novel,because I interested in the story line.
Published 9 months ago by Robert Kohler
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Futuristic Thriller
It’s the 30th Century, and an experiment a few centuries back has given rise to several intelligent species who want humans to share the Earth. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kara J. Jorges
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Story
I loved this book. I was strange but very interesting. I reminded me of George Orwell;s Animal Farm. I would recommend this to everyone. I hope there will be a sequel
Published 10 months ago by marcia e smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. Sample had me hooked
Good, quick read. I got hooked reading the sample so I had to get the book. Now I've bought the next two. Interested to see where it goes. NOT FOR KIDS!
Published 11 months ago by E. Booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I liked this book and it was a fairly quick read for me. Held my interest. I think others would like it.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Are cats really special animals?
Andrew Vu's approach to this book is kind of novel (pun intended), but also adds to the "human" interest. An ending that I would never have expected. You should read it.
Published 11 months ago by Daniel R Haight
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
Full of action, it takes place far in the future. But unfortunately even there the same struggles continue. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelly J. Kempf
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Sorry, but it took everything I had just to get through it. Very contrived. Plot was ok but all these animal and half animal creatures had me wishing I had taken notes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Esperanza Glass
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More About the Author

Andrew Vu was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now resides near Oakland, CA. He's been an online blogger for several years, and some of his posts have been featured on Deadspin and Sports Illustrated's Hot Clicks.

An avid comics fan, Andrew now focuses on the world of science fiction.


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