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I am a great fan of Syfy. Use to many space battles, alien species and a lots of contact. This book’s focus was on that aspect of getting the truth out there that we are “not alone”. Focus was on the political, media maneuvering, reaction to the possibility that other life exists out there. How the world as a whole would change. No space battles so do not expect them.
Our main character Dan becomes the center of attention when he comes across concrete proof that we have been visited. Are the aliens friendly? Are they hostile? Is Dan being manipulated by our own government? Was this a major setup? All these questions and more are answered during the course of the book.
This book was a change of pace for me from the space battles, missiles, lasers and light speeds of other books I read often. However, I found myself not wanting to put the book down at night as I read through it, mainly because I wanted to reach a point of conclusion on the magnitude of political, active point, counterpoint of the subject material.
Giving this book a solid 4 stars. It kept my interest. Simply expect a change of pace all. Would recommend to all.
Wow. I couldn't be more happy to be proved wrong. What an outstanding novel, and could almost literally not put it down; I blew through the whole book in a little over 24 hours.
The story? Superb.
The writing? Excellently done.
As a lifelong sci-fi genre fan, I can safely say this was one of the most outstanding books that I have read in the past 10 years, or possibly ever. It's not your traditional lasers-blasting, shields-up, explosions-in-space kind of book, so if that's what you're into you may not like this (even though you should still give it a try for a buck!). This is a more intelligent, measured, cerebral, and true-to-life take on the "are we alone out here" scenario. This book focuses on more of the political intrigue, drama, and media-related sides of first contact, with a solid dose of "traditional" sci-fi towards the end.
Some folks on here have complained about the pacing or the length of this book, but I can safely say that most serious readers will likely not have a problem with either. It may be a little too long for "casual" readers, though, or those that have problems following a plot or issues with reading comprehension.
Overall, this was an excellent read that I was genuinely upset that I had to finish. The writing is well done, characters are solid and well-developed, and the plot is realistic and exciting. I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could. I can unabashedly state - Mr. Falconer, you have a new fan.