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The Gift [Kindle Edition]

Dave Donovan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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82 of 91 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 85 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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21 of 22 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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41 of 47 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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23 of 26 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings May 31, 2013
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Mixed feelings upon finishing this book. I really liked the book. The story held my attention throughout. Had I stopped at the last few pages, I would have given a really good review. However, the book didn't have an ending so much as it just stopped. Seems like the ending to this book may come in another book. Most books in a series have some sort of story line that has a conclusion. The broad overall story of the characters lives goes on, but there is some sort of wrap up to the specific plot of that one novel's story. This one did not have that. It just stopped.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Book was different.
This book was hard to follow at times. The plot was good and different from other books I usually enjoy.
Published 1 day ago by Fred Robert Darby
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride
This book was our book club selection and not one I would have chosen, but I would have missed out on the fun and. Smart adventure of this quick read. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Susan C
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This was an entertaining enough read with a good storyline. For those not into math parts of the story are hard to get through. Hoping a sequel is in the works!
Published 17 days ago by Shaun M.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Enjoyable scifi. The main characters were well realized if a little cliched. The alien entities and their nature was interestingly done.
Published 22 days ago by quad_red
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was pretty good, but there wasn't enough danger.
Published 25 days ago by Larrik Jaerico
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story-would love to read a continuation of it!
This started out a little slow but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. Is there a sequel?
Published 1 month ago by Michele
4.0 out of 5 stars A good 'first contact' story
Well written, innovative 'first contact' story. I like where the author took the story and characters. A fast paced, entertaining and enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Rayfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! I'm following the author so I can ...
Great story! I'm following the author so I can be updated when a new book comes out!
Published 1 month ago by A. Toro
5.0 out of 5 stars good characters, well written
One of my all time favorites. Intriguing ideas, good characters, well written. Made me want to go pick up the next book to find out what happened next. Read more
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More About the Author

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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