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The Gift [Kindle Edition]

Dave Donovan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When high-level governmental programmer Sam Steele is called into his office on his day off, he quickly finds himself at the center of a battle for humanity itself. An alien entity is heading straight for Earth, and an elite team of specialists has been assembled to attempt to make first contact. But despite Steele’s expertise, Colonel Eric Web, his superior and longtime thorn in his side, makes it clear he doesn’t want him there.

The aliens that arrive represent a long-dead race and say they’ve come to help humans defend themselves against an imminent threat, but their help will come with a price. Now the future of humanity hangs in the balance between two men: Web, the regimented, hubristic military man, and Steele, a brilliant man broken by loss and tragedy.

As the team races the clock to try to divine their visitors’ complex instructions, they struggle with infighting and, ultimately, the question of what it means to be human.

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About the Author

Dave Donovan was born in Montana and grew up in various locations throughout the United States before settling in Houston, Texas, where he now lives with his wife, Rosemary. Before becoming an author, he worked as a commercial fisherman, a business owner, a corporate executive, and a decorated military officer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5896 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817751
  • Publisher: 47North (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FAX7A0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift Is True to Its Title March 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Dave Donovan's The Gift is a most welcome addition to current science fiction. It is an engaging, rich, and extremely thought-provoking novel that provided this reader with two rare pleasures: first, it dealt realistically with cutting-edge science and explored intriguing yet plausible possibilities about interstellar travel, other sentient races, nanotechnology, and so much more; and second, in the tradition of truly great science fiction, it also held a sometimes frightening mirror up to today's world and the struggle between the positive and negative aspects of human nature. This novel is one of the few I would urge everyone to read.
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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting idea competently presented April 26, 2013
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More like a 3.5.


I guess I'm getting a little jaded and have become quite picky after reading what seems like a bazillion SF novels over the decades and recently, in particular, many of the new Kindle writers.

I had a problem with the believability of the main character's actions when, in the space of a week or two, the protagonist--an experienced and, one would think, very wary and skeptical intelligence/military type--went from trying to just comprehend what the incoming object about to hit the Earth was to agreeing to become a bodiless entity. Moreover, I found the protagonist's very quick, ready acceptance of the total truth of what the aliens said that the situation was and what their motives were, to also be somewhat unconvincing. The extremely fast-paced evolution of the character's mental states/behavior was just too rushed to convince me.

As an example of better handling of the evolution of protagonist's acceptance of a new view of the universe, their place in it, and their new powers, I suggest reading the recent "Rho Agenda" trilogy, also available here on Kindle, which I found much better paced and, therefore, much more believable.

While I liked the plot and concepts presented here, it was done with better than average skill, and there weren't the usual typos and bad writing that all too often are the hallmark of too many Kindle novels, this fast read was above average rather than an all-consuming page turner.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading May 1, 2013
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Certainly a book worth reading: good plot, fast paced and thought provoking. The GIFT is easy reading and based on the underlying theme of a faceless and humorless government embodied in the character of Colonel Eric Web against the honorable and capable citizen named Sam Steele. The two antagonists have an uneasy status quo, each disliking the other and making not much effort to hide it. Then something extraordinary happens, a complete outsider arrives on the scene with a GIFT. How to use this spectacular gift and for what purpose pits the main characters against one another. Rather a classical theme but the setting is definitely unique and so is the GIFT.

The book, no doubt worth 4 stars could have been better for a number of reasons.

Character development has been rather shallow. We get to know Sam and Eric just barely, the other characters have been developed even less.
The political development as a result of the GIFT was barely mentioned although it should make a tremendous impact nationally and internationally. That part wasn't pursued much at all in the book which is rather a pity. Developing the political aspect would have taken out some of the speed but could have raised the tension points in the story considerably.
More flashbacks on the military career of Sam Steele would have helped understanding Sam's dilemmas and would have given a much deeper perspective to both Sam and Eric and the mind of the military.
I understand Dave Donovan is working on his next book I hope it is a sequel; I would like to read it.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new concept in SCIFI February 23, 2013
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Had to give it five stars. As a life long scfi reader it thought that maybe there were no more new concepts out there. This story happily proves me WRONG. It is a very well written story with a very interesting twist on alien invasion. An alien sent to help and not to destroy the earth. I hope that this authors world building continues with a follow on to this story. A very refreshing read.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read! February 11, 2013
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This book is really good sci-fi. It took me all of 2 pages to get hooked and I finished the whole thing in just a couple of sittings. The science was plausible (disclaimer: not a scientist) and led to some interesting thought debates on the future of science and medicine. I plan on buying a copy for my sister and dad as they both like sci-fi. I hope there's a second book in the works!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting main story April 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was distracted from the interesting story, however, by technical errors. Many find it petty, but I am irritated when authors use "loose" when they mean "lose." I'm even more distracted when they use "your" when they mean "you're."

The characters were superficially created.

Often those errors are enough to cause me to abandon a book. In this case, I did want to follow the story and stuck with it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever New Thinking April 4, 2013
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I read so many of these self-published books, it is really great to find one with really new ideas. I thought this book was very well done, excellent character development, excellent story line. There were the usual typos, but I don't take away anything for those, unlike many readers who don't seem to realize they aren't paying for editorial input. Great read..Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars among the best sf ever
I really enjoyed this -- some of the best sf I've ever read. I'm going to check out more of Duncan's work.
Published 6 days ago by S. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting first contact book
Really a 3.5 but I'll round up. The discovery of an inbound space ship that will arrive in less than 2 days is an exciting start. Read more
Published 11 days ago by KjunNurs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
outstanding, needs a sequel!
Published 22 days ago by delmon barrier
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story concept but???
Interesting story concept but drawn out in my opinion. Confusing at times
Published 1 month ago by tabby
2.0 out of 5 stars Good as a YA Novel; characterizations not adult
At 20 pages in, I thought "The first 10 or so pages are, well, nearly-free book quality. Then he gets his legs under him, so to speak, and interesting things started to happen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregory F. Pfister
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
I really enjoyed the book but felt it left the reader hanging in the end. I would like more detail about the original creators and about the "Jordan" entity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janice Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars good concepts
Good concepts and really held my attention for the most part but the end was very anti-climatic. It was if the author couldn't think of anything better to do and didn't even want... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sue nachor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. I could certainly see how it could ...
Good story. I could certainly see how it could be a movie at some point in the future. Definitely left the door open for a possible sequel.
Published 2 months ago by Patty
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative
This novel was interesting exciting and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the imagination of the author. would recommend it to all experiential buffs.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda McConner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
One of the best reads I have enjoyed in a long time. Outstanding! Looking forward to more of this story and more from Mr. Donovan with great anticipation.
Published 2 months ago by A. Stone
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Dave lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Rosemary. They cherish finally being close enough to their granddaughter, Isabella to see her most weekends.

Prior to becoming an author, Dave had been a commercial fisherman, a military officer, a business owner and a corporate executive. When he isn't writing, he's golfing, target shooting or reading.

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