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First Contact: Strings Attached (Volume 1) Paperback – January 19, 2016
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About the Author
Paul J. Nelson, J.D., a former workaholic, quit work to rest. His wife then needed rest too. She locked him in his den. He had to email her his literary output for the day, before she would let him out for dinner. Many days dinner was cold.
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This extraordinary discovery causes trouble for Zalk as it is new and against the fundamental teachings of his world. His wife becomes concerned for their well-being, and he is on the verge of being forced into re-education programs and is eventually fired from his job. As the church and people become reconciled with the fact that Zeon is not the only orb and that contains life, Zalk finds employment elsewhere and becomes very popular.
Zalk is a ‘sensitive,' which means that he can receive mental images believed to be coming from Arken. His premonitions become stronger as time goes by and he manages to connect with Arken on a more powerful level.
The interview that Zalk has with a well-known magazine becomes troublesome and exposes him causing yet again another wind of stress in his life; however, the newfound friendship with Sorab generates a greater opportunity for Zalk and his wife. As we all have heard before that nothing in life comes for free, Zalk finds himself once again in a predicament accepting a generous living from his friend and causing himself to fall into debt with various favors to accomplish.
Will this friendship cost him more than he thought? Or can he trust this new friend? All of this and more are to be discovered. The book ends on a high note and with much anticipation for what is to come.
Besides the highly unnecessary, complicated wording and sentence structure of the book itself, the author has used numerous slang terms that a reader may not even comprehend its meaning. However, these words have been referenced and can be checked out for better understanding. If you purchase this book in print, then I believe you would have to check the back. I am not sure if this is convenient.
Unfortunately, the book did not give me any particular sense of pleasure. My personal feelings towards the book are purely based on not agreeing with the style of writing, pace and character building. I did also find several typos and structural mistakes in the content. I would highly recommend the Author to have another proofreading done of his work.
I did like the plot and the storyline. I credit the Author for its originality of work. It was interesting that Zeon was so technologically behind from the orb he found communication with. In addition, the social media back then was how it is nowadays which created a twist to the story.
If you are a science fiction fan and don’t mind what I have mentioned above, then this book is for you!
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But they aren’t starting over blind, because in addition to the funds he received via parachute from Arken, there are blueprints for a manufacturing facility. It seems simple enough and his contact promises they’ll guide and fund him the whole way, but Zalk can’t help but wonder. What exactly are the intentions of his benefactors?
Can Zalk reconcile with the reporter who deceived him once in to find out? And even if he can, does he dare?
At first, I was thrown off by the formatting and annotations; they were very reminiscent of an academic paper as opposed to a work of fiction. While I still think that annotations in fiction are somewhat lazy, they fit well with the scholarly style of this novel. Mr. Nelson has a very lofty, formal, almost Victorian way of writing that complimented the relative-to-Western-history time period of “First Contact”. I had to look up words more than once and while I appreciated the use of such compelling language, I noticed an overuse of words such as “notwithstanding”, so a bit of verbal variety would not have gone amiss here.
Mr. Nelson certainly presented a complex plot and interesting, if occasionally frustrating, characters. There were multiple layers to “First Contact” and I suspect a single reading was not enough to appreciate them all. Evolution of thought influenced by scientific discovery, the power of misrepresentation, and the nuances of the benefactor/dependent relationship are only a few ideas explored in this novel. I don’t know that I was interested enough to read the rest of this series, but the concepts presented were worthy of thought.
Bottom line: “First Contact” was quite different from the stereotypical science fiction novel. It introduced interesting concepts and dilemmas for a character already struggling with his gifts. The writing is at times unnecessarily complicated, but it did lend a certain sense of time period. I recommend this for deep thinkers, ponderers of life beyond our own little planet, and lovers of mashup fiction.
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