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Alien Civil War: First Human Contact (1st in The Knife series) by [Hiatt, Dennis]
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  • File Size: 1135 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BP0EZ3M
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Glad it was $.99 because I hated it. Horrible editing, and a very disjointed story with so many jumps in illogic that it was comical. Being able to immediately communicate with an alien race Seemingly in a matter of minutes, and miraculosly be able to construct ships at will is not even in a believable story in SciFi.
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When I purchased the book there were no reviews to read;but I took a chance.That was a mistake.So when I went back on amazon to get another book I noticed two reviews of the book.(Scifi Fanactic & A west) After reading them I realized between the two of them they perfectly covered everything I thought was wrong with the story. ditto.
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"Alien Civil War: First Human Contact" is the first book in 'The Knife Series' by author Dennis Hiatt. This e-book was re-edited and posted on March 18, 2013
This Kindle e-book was a 271 Kb download (approx. 126 printed pages) and sold for $0.99 at the time of writing this review.

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Captain DuCreux of the space warship 'Detroit' comes across a huge object. He finds it is an alien spaceship, sends a boarding party only to awaken the dormant life on board... a cautious friendship ensue. However old enemies are hunting this alien ship... and our story unfolds.

End Spoilers

Some thoughts on "Alien Civil War'...

1.) I'd read some other reviews of this work that noted the number of spelling errors, etc. Maybe some of these problems were addressed and corrected with the latest re-edit, because I did not notice many.

2.) I checked the product page on amazon.com and it's listed as Sci-Fi adventure. This then was either a serious attempt to write the tale of a prolonged space encounter with an alien species OR it was a tongue in cheek, space opera spoof or parody. If the former, then it contains some of the worst writing I've ever come across... if the latter, then it still contains some awful writing BUT it may have achieved its goal, because the story, told in the manner that it was, could not have been really taken seriously.

3.a) we have super computer Hal (sound kind of familiar?), the A.I. of the space fleet's flagship, who, on several occasions, tends to laugh 'evilly'.
3.b) nearly every sentient thing, be they people, aliens or computers tend to speak with 'graveled' voices. ('graveled', or a derivative, appeared 38 times... verified by the Kindle search function). Very noticeable.

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I almost could not believe my eyes. The errors popped up in the first paragraph. I couldn't bring myself to read any farther. This review will have to be longer than my interest.
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I should be asking for my money back, but I'm more worried about the hours of my life I'll never get back. I finished this book just so I could write this and at least be able to say I read it. It had an interesting concept, and had the possibility of being so much more. But in every other way it let itself down. Character development was practically non-existent - you're supposed to be able to identify with the leading characters, cheer on and empathise with the heroes and go boo hiss at the bad guys. Instead, I couldn't decide who I hated more. Plot development - what plot development - there was no logic to the plot, and whole swathes of the story appear to have disappeared, or more likely, not written at all. Some of the scientific concepts were clearly drawn directly from various other books and TV shows, but Mr Hiatt is not the only one to have done this so I'll let this one through to the keeper. But a lot of it was incorrect science. I could go on for hours, but I think you might be getting the idea. I'm not a writer, but even I know enough to realise that if you're going to write a novel, even a science fiction or fantasy, need to spend time on research, plot development, character development, story flow - these things are critical. Get it proof read, several times if necessary, get the help of a professional editor, speak to published authors - there are some out there who encourage budding writers and may provide tips for you - their mantra would be re-write, rewrite and re-write some more until you get it right.

Please Amazon, if you're going to allow people to self publish, then please at least set some standards for writers to follow and adhere to before they do it. If this book had been for hard copy publication, it would never have been printed - I consider this a rough draft at best. Please Mr Hiatt, don't give up your writing, but please raise your standards before you publish another book.
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I tried reading this. Skimming, I managed to get through 60%. There is no character development. It is one battle after another and I can't tell who is who in any of 'em. There is just a foul-mouthed computer unoriginally named Hal, a couple of officers whose motivations are vague. I kept wondering, how do these "Earthers" know they are on the right side? Not something I care to discover at this point.
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this is a space version of a magic sword that beats all enemies. The plot and characters are developed at a grade school level. I hate to be mean to new writers but this was just too horrible. To give peticulers, having a Navy XO lead a boarding party is just down right stupid and irrisponcible! Combat training and Naval warfare and land, in air or space have nothing to do with each other.But i kept reading, magicilly upgrading your ship in a few hours/days outside a ship yard???? really? Sorry too much BS i coulden't finish the book.
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