- Paperback: 374 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478175559
- ISBN-13: 978-1478175551
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 669 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Peter Cawdron was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent most of his adult life living in Australia, the United States and Scotland. Peter writes science fiction, specialising in action/adventure and hard science novels. His début novel, Anomaly, jumped into the top 100 best sellers for High Tech Science Fiction within days of being released and rose into the top 10 for over a month. Peter lives in Brisbane with his wife and three children. http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/
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I found the premise appealing. What turns out to be aliens who are vastly superior in technology (and maybe more) to us discover Earth. This is the polar opposite of a typical space opera fare where they either are mostly English speaking comely females longing to mate with the captain or grotesque monsters bent on our destruction. These guys want to chat.
The majority of the book is not only the difficulties chatting with an alien and a side note business about the worldwide civil unrest the existence on Earth of an alien causes. Curiously, the author dismisses the John McClane character from movies such as Die Hard as a figure not to admire anymore due to his method of conflict resolution. However, there are two scenes in the book where John McClane would have saved the day but the protagonist does nothing of the sort.
The book starts out in a roar, maintains its pace for a bit and then wanders until the very end where a crisis creates an ending. The text is rampant with typos and word misuse. The thing which really bothers me is, at the very end, the protagonist gets a message which can be interpreted in many ways. He chooses a way that I doubt anybody would guess and in the end, there wasn’t any reason for the vagueness of the message anyway. It cratered the book for me.
My idea of a protagonist is not some cowering metrosexual who has to have his girlfriend bail him out of a major crisis. Give me John McClane.
I recommend this for anyone who often ponders those big questions about first contact, science, the flawed human condition or the fraught nature of American media.
I liked that it was fast paced and focused on the one main narrative. It was also a refreshingly optimistic exploration of first contact, while still framing the human side of the dialogue in a pretty raw and realistic way as I would imagine it.
My only minor negative comment is the conversations between characters seemed a little stiff, it seemed as if they all spoke in the same voice - but that's also because I'm used to reading those epic sci-fi sagas where the authors tend go over the top.
Overall, if you've landed on this page then you'll probably love the book. It was way too cheap when I bought it as well, I hope the author can still make money from it!
I read/listened the audible version and the narrator, P. J. Ochlan, was totally on it! The tension, the emotions, the fear, excitement, the multitude of voices, all done to perfection!
I'm looking forward to the continuation of this book into a series - take us into the future and explore first contact.
I liked this book, even if the ending was a bit contrived and predictable. The characters tried to drive the plot, but really it was the anomaly that did most of the driving. I very much enjoyed seeing NASA et. al. try their level best to figure this thing out, and come up mostly empty handed. The characters were mostly believable, even though they were a bit stereotyped. I didn't really buy into the whole world going bonkers on account of the anomaly's existence. Not that humanity needs much of a reason for stupid, violent responses to *whatever* but as presented, the anomaly was never threatening, so I just couldn't buy into that subplot.
Overall, I did enjoy a scifi read that was fresh, and asked a lot of questions, about us.