- File Size: 2972 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KEXJIEM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Fifth Beast Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Great characters and a very enjoyable read from cover to cover, highly recommended.
Beyond the main character story lines the book does an incredible job of drawing believable and deep secondary (and tertiary) characters. When I read science fiction I want to believe in the world I am placed and the attention to detail in the writing of The Fifth Beast made that easy.
With its sense of humor and good pacing it is easy to take this novel at face value but you would be doing yourself a disservice. Like any good science fiction book it uses the genre to hold up a mirror to the state of the world today and how we live in it.
The plot revolves around an offbeat alien encounter that reminded me a lot of Alan Dean Foster and Douglas Adams, though I wouldn't rank it in the same class as either author. There is a lot going on here (almost a bit too much at times), and it shifts back and forth between straightforward sci-fi, social commentary, philosophy, and humor. The main problem was that I had to slog through the first third or so—up to the point at which we finally see what's going on—before it really grabbed me. From that point forward, it was a page turner. But getting there was some work.
Essentially, there are two alien races who have arrived on Earth to settle a dispute that doesn't become clear until well into the book. Various other alien races get involved as we go along, and the author does a good job with the twists and turns. The story is not all that original—ADF has done some books like this—but I found it entertaining nonetheless.
If you enjoy this sort of sci-fi, you should enjoy this book, but be prepared for a long setup before things start moving.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it, alot of unexpected events and a slightly bizarre scenario which was well written.Published 22 months ago by Joakim Sandström
Warning! Honest Well Meaning Criticism Below! Below ye be dragons or some such reference to literature. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Zomnivore
just finished this. Superbly written. Every word precisely placed in telling the story. Read this. You won't believe me unless you do.Published 23 months ago by coywolf
An excelent read. Interesting characters and interactions. Loads of detail placed me right there in the characters shoes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Erik Larsen