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From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B08H7ZRS7H
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (November 10, 2020)
- Publication date : November 10, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5825 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 561 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #724,883 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Kindle version of the book, however, has a good number of errors. Some are typos from the scanning process, but most are omitted letters/words. There are sentences missing words, often at the end of a quoted sentence, and sometimes it's difficult to figure out what they actually said.
I'm not sure anyone actually read the Kindle version before publishing it. There's no way you could miss the omissions.
Unlike some of this author's other works, this story is set in the present day, in New York City. It features two sets of aliens, passing as humans, who have lived there for many years, unaware of each other's presence. They have recently found each other and some factions in each group are either trying to avoid a war or gearing up to win the war.
Into the midst of this volatile situation comes a young married human couple who attempt to protect a 12 year old girl who is from one of the alien factions. As they do so, they are thrust into the midst of the upcoming confrontation with each group attempting to find the girl. In the process, the couple (Roger and Caroline Whittier) learns of the true story of the aliens' origin, history and how they came to our world, including details the aliens themselves were unaware of. They, along with a NYC police detective (Thomas Fierenzo), end up playing a pivotal role in attempting to defuse the situation before it means the death of thousands of aliens and humans.
It is somewhat of a cliché to call a book a "page turner", but that really was the case for me with this one. The story is well written, with enough suspense and plot twists to keep me up late several nights reading, yet still believable enough for me to enjoy the book without undue suspension of disbelief.
There is a fairly large cast of characters, so some are developed more than others. However, the main point of view characters, Roger, Caroline, and Detective Fierenzo, are all fleshed out well and you really care what happens to them by the end of the book. In the course of the story Roger and Caroline end up needing to learn to understand and appreciate each other better to effectively work together. The changes to the Whittier's marriage are not a major part of the story, and you can largely ignore it if you want to, but I personally found it added a more believable dimension to the characters.
I must admit that I tend to like most books by Timothy Zahn, so I did not come to this novel completely unbiased. However, like any other author, some of his books are better then others. I think this is one of the best of his I have read to date.
And, in this case just as in all the others, it's one amazing ride. The two cultures and upwards of 30 main characters are all fascinating and vibrant, keeping the reading flowing through all 450-odd pages. The plot twists come with the usual Zahn rapidity, each being totally plausible and usually just as totally unexpected (though, in hindsight, you should have seen it coming). I buy every Zahn book as soon as I realize it's out, and I haven't once been dissappointed. It's not the deepest reading ever, but it's always fun, and it might make you think more than you expect.
The basic concept is a good one. Two alien races, living among humans in New York City, have finally discovered each other and are preparing for a war that threatens them both, and the humans in the city. An innocent human couple get thrown in the mix to try and prevent a war, all while sorting through their mid-life marriage problems.
Zahn excels at setting up convoluted political situations and resolving them through intrigue and sleuthing, and usually structures his plots around such scenarios fairly well. Unfortunately, this partiuclar plot also relies heavily on deep, believable characters, which is easily Zahn's weakest point as a fiction author. The two human protagonists are supposed to carry the story, but end up just dragging it down. Their problems and dialogue seem ripped straight from "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus," with the husband realizing "Gee, maybe my wife is more emotional and people-oriented, and I'm more bottom-line problem-solving oriented." This shallow characterization, as well as about seven-too-many references to 9/11, really drag the story down and prevent an otherwise sound concept from taking off.
Overall, despite a few memorable moments, the story as a whole falls flat. I mostly found myself wishing I was reading Icarus Hunt again.
I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. If you've read Zahn before and liked his work, definitely read it. If this is a first Zahn for you, I highly recommend it, although if you're not opposed to Star Wars I would start with Heir to the Empire.