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The Gift [Kindle Edition]

Dave Donovan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 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: #18,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift Is True to Its Title March 18, 2013
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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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32 of 35 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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25 of 28 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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31 of 36 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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10 of 10 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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16 of 18 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Think Twice About Beaming This To Your Kindle! March 24, 2013
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This was a very engaging story, I read it in just two sittings. There was good balance between the "science" and the "action" aspects of the story...I highly recommend the book and hope the author is crafting the sequel right now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you enjoy pure escapism and are just looking for a few hours entertainment, this is worth your time. Never really boring but never truly thought provoking. I was often extremely interested -- to discover which hackneyed plot device the author would use next.

But that's okay. I happen to love pulp science fiction. I grew up reading SF from the 50's and 60's and the even earlier "Golden Age". A LOT of that stuff is nothing but good guys that are really, really good; bad guys that are really, really bad; and really transparent plot devices. But still managed to be lots of fun to read. Try E.E. Doc Smith's Lensman series or Burrough's John Carter of Mars for a few examples of things that will never win a Pulitzer but are infinitely more rewarding than wasting a few hours of your life watching the latest Transformers movie.

With all due respect to most of the 5 Star reviewers, there is literally nothing in the book that is even close to original. It is just another misfit/outsider/geek (with a few trusty friends) against the entire world (while trying to save it) story. But again, that's okay. I like to daydream as much as anyone, and the entire purpose of this type of story is to allow you to identify with the hero and vicariously save the world.

As some other reviewers have pointed out, the book would benefit from an impartial editor. The dialog is often stilted and the pacing is inconsistent. But I've read worse and seen much worse in the movies. I did notice some grammatical errors, but not too many. Perhaps the Kindle edition has been cleaned up a little.

Bottom line, if you are just looking for entertainment and don't mind overlooking glaring plot holes, this book can be a lot of fun. I assume there will be more in the series based on the teasers in this book. I will definitely buy at least the next one, probably more if the quality stays at this level or better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I really enjoyed this book. it is well-written, with intriguing characters and a fascinating plot. the author addresses some pretty deep subjects in the midst of an engaging... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I Need More!
Not since J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series have I anticipated a sequel to a book like I am bound to do with this one. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Azsriel
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Great book couldn't put it down!! I really enjoyed the characters and the imagination used by the author. good work!
Published 2 days ago by Garry Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book.
Great book, very entertaining. There are new ideas, the characters where well developed. I just wish there was a second or third installment.
Published 4 days ago by NestorM
5.0 out of 5 stars RE: Sequel Please
Lovely start to what should be a Trilogy! An exciting blend of technology and emotion to highlight the potential of the human organism.
Published 4 days ago by Michael E. Welch
1.0 out of 5 stars yuck
the concept was good ok. the idea of making simple men into super humans and then doing super human feats is to much. way to much psycho theory.
Published 8 days ago by older guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool A.I. and first contact novel.
I love a story that gets my mind considering... considering next steps for humanity, motivations and illustration of events, both good and bad.
Published 13 days ago by jeffery tripp
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read.
Don't usually review but was very good. That is if this is not a single book but a series has a lot of potential.
Published 14 days ago by Appril Toole
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book and it held my interest all the way through to the end. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves sci fi books!
Published 16 days ago by Cherub Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
Excellent story, well written, plausible science, clear story line . I recommend this to all ages who like science fiction.
Published 18 days ago by Elgean shield
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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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