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Alien Abduction (Volume 1) Paperback – April 9, 2012
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Terry Compton has created a series that reads like the grandest of adventures, an outstanding universe filled with incredibly rich worlds and inhabitants to explore, an incredibly rich relationship with the three primary characters that mimics siblings perfectly in their interaction, a very, very, cool concept for technology from an exceptionally advanced and vanished species, continual discovery of worlds, peoples, cultures, and technology in nearly every chapter...it really is a Grand Adventure I enjoyed so thoroughly that I've been reading nonstop for days!
I have read the first three books in the series but have missed the short stories published between them, i have to go back now and read those. It's rare that i find a series i enjoy enough to go on a reading binge lasting days, rarer still that i find a series worthy enough to do so and find it has seven or eight sequels already written and waiting for me!
I don't like writing this part of reviews, especially for a series or book i enjoyed so thoroughly. If i only write the positives and leave out the negative it comes across as dishonest so i only write this part to lend authenticity to the positives. Personal preference has much to do with negative reviews and shouldn't...this is fiction...the writer is at the helm and we are simply passengers on the journey.
Also recall i am only three books into this series, not halfway yet.
The series is Epic in scale, we see whole alien worlds and characters while away visiting...but very little of Earth and it's characters who aren't travelling. I would expect that the changes to society and government would be well worth mentioning in a little detail would be worthy of inclusion. Being off and travelling to adventure is grand, but the folks at home are having an adventure as well with new things and technology coming in...perhaps this makes it into a book deeper into the series than i have read yet.
There is a fairly glaring lack of involvement with the Earth's governments and military, again, perhaps this comes into a later sequel. I cannot imagine an Earth space port not run by government officials or secured by our military...where is the tax man?
Some of the alien people are a bit unimaginative, while others are quite believable and interesting, it just feels like some were thought out well and others are based on pre imagined cartoon characters. This criticism almost didn't make the edit...i feel it almost falls into the personal preference category. The characters are well written, but their physical appearance...less so.
BUY THEM NOW!
The only waste of your time would be waiting, or reading less worthy books!
While a little bit pricey, the books are worth the money, each of the three i have read so far are between 400 and 500 pages.
Any Sci-Fi/fantasy fiction fan would have a blast reading this series!
The second part of the book was far less interesting and quite a bit more juvenile. It concerns the trios setting up an enormously profitable trading partnership and fighting bounty hunters (and navies) sent by the Bugs to recapture them and especially the ancient alien ship they escaped in. This ship is pretty cool and old and belonged to a race long thought vanished, but here’s where it starts to get incredibly silly. After every altercation the heroes tell their vanquished enemies that they won because alien ghosts that helped them. All these advanced space faring (even intergalactic) races buy this nonsense without problem. I’m all for the willing suspension of disbelief, but I couldn’t buy this drivel.
I will not be reading any further in the series.
Having said that it was a nice light read and moved along reasonably well once they were off the ship and past the flashbacks to when and how they had been captured. I will probably read the rest but I don't expect in depth drama at the moment. It will be something which will move along but not require a great deal of thought as to what is going on. I might be wrong with this but the way this story was paced I don't see it.
The story opens:
3 people, a human and 2 other aliens, are making their escape from the alien ship that abducted them each from their respective worlds. For 2 years they have planned their escape using a strange mystery ship they call "Auntie". They do their thing, get on the ship, make their escape...
And then... THEN they ask each other how they got abducted?! Really? After living on board together for 2 years.
The writing is immature, using the same words too often. I was not interested mostly because I was annoyed.
I read a lot of Sci-Fi. Rarely do I come across one I truly dislike, this is one of those occasions.
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