- File Size: 318 KB
- Print Length: 152 pages
- Publisher: Superluminal (December 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B43LNEY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ghosts of Ophidian Kindle Edition
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In this case, a group of people are put together in an unrealistic manner and sent to a 3 mile long ship that showed up to orbit Earth. Two of the group stay behind and go with the ship when it leaves Earth, so they can repair the damage mentioned in the description, they meet the aliens, a little light romance, followed by a rushed ending.
Read through the beginning. I enjoyed the portion of the book after the ship leaves orbit and at the end, even though rushed, I looked at part 2 to continue the story. Seeing that it takes place 100 years after this book, I lost interest.
I won't rehash the idea behind the story because plenty of other reviewers have already taken care of that. I'd prefer to speak of his writing style. He seems to like writing series that span several generations and I always get a little mad at him when I start the next book in a series. I enjoyed the characters in the previous book and want more so it upsets me to start the sequel only to find that we've jumped several generations into the future to see the end results of their lives rather than directly following them. But in the end it makes for a great story and I thoroughly enjoy it. Thanks Scott, keep 'em coming... please!
Would we go the way of the american Indian? Or the dodo perhaps?
It seems mankind ducked the problem, at least in this book.
An enormous three-mile long ship has just entered the Earth's orbit and it's doing absolutely nothing...
The short first book in this series by Scott McElhaney brings back memories of Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, still an old favorite of mine.
The ship is very different though, and a lot less alien then Rama. The alien technology and AI is more advanced than our current technology but it is reasonably understandable. We might get there in 50 to 100 years. Think about the difference between now and the year 1900.
And the aliens are quite humanoid, a la Star Trek. No universal communicator here, but the on board AI is smart enough to learn English and teach the humans the alien language. So the plot rolls along at a good pace. I enjoyed the book and recommend it. The ending is a bit abrupt so you will have to buy the sequel to see what happens.
Recommended for YA or adventurous sci fi souls who dream of going off into the universe on an alien space ship.
If you like this genre, I think you'll like this book. If you like this book, I encourage you to pick up some of his other works, as they feel more fleshed-out.