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Resurrection by [Dayton, Arwen Elys]
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Nearly 3,000 years ago, the humanlike Kinley sent a team to Earth in a ship powered by a probability drive that got it there in mere months. Landing in Egypt, they befriended the local people and kept a low profile. When their craft was destroyed by a tsunami, they awaited rescue in stasis tanks. Back home, the Kinley went to war with the Lucien, inhabitants of a nearby planet. Only a few Kinley survived, living in domed environments to prevent contamination by the radioactive wastes outside. Of the Lucien, only those in asteroid colonies remained. Both peoples are spiritual and intelligent, but reconciliation seems impossible, and fighting continues for hundreds of years. Then the Kinley decide to recover the technology on the Earth survey ship and dispatch two young pilots, who are deeply in love. Learning of the mission, the Lucien send a Lucien male and a human raised from infancy among them to compete fiercely in finding the old ship's engine. Dayton successfully blends suspense, cultural sf, and Chariots of the Gods-like speculation. —Roberta Johnson
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"Resurrection is a good, solid science-fiction adventure with crisp, cinematic writing - an imaginative blending of past, present, and future." —New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson

"Skillful, fast-paced, and engrossing. A great read." —Jerry Pournelle, bestselling author of The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, and The Burning City


Product Details

  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (January 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J61EPA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I came down off my SciFi snob perch to read this book. I was intrigued by the synopsis on the back cover, and directed to it by the "Customers also bought..." section above.
This is not top shelf epic SF, but the characters are well-drawn and the pace is fast. And I like a book that uses a wide vocabulary.
There are details that will have SF purists shaking their heads, but if you can like Star Trek, you can like this book. Forget the details and let the story take you away. I did, and it was a great ride. Yes, "I couldn't put it down".
This is only Dayton's second book, but she shows promise. She can definitely write a story that keeps the reader's attention, which means I will be looking out for future works from her.
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I was convinced after reading the first 35 or so pages of Resurrection, by Arwen Elys Dayton, that this sci-fi novel was written by a precocious teenager who had been raised on a steady diet of Star Trek reruns, Mountain Dew, over-reaching praise from his or her parents about the extent of his or her talent and really good intentions. The first pages of this novel are bogged down in pretty lifeless exposition. I mean, for goodness sake, the first sentence of the novel is, "The feeling was gray, like dawn, but harder to define."

Then I looked at the author's biography which reads: "Arwen Elys Dayton was born on the West Coast of the United States to a math professor father and a romantic mother, who named her after an elf in the Lord of the Rings."

For the sake of this review, though, instead of tossing the book aside and attending to what I thought would be the better writing of my high school freshmen's To Kill a Mockingbird essays, I stuck with Resurrection, and let me tell you, this decision made all the difference.

Once the expository details were established and put aside, Dayton began to show her real talents as a writer. From truthful character development to gripping action scenes, from a thought-provoking rewriting of history to expansive alien worlds, Dayton has created a fast-paced, fun to read 422 page science fiction epic that I ended up devouring in less than a day.

Through an intricate narrative structure that expertly builds drama through the manipulation of time, Dayton has built a engaging story in a completely realized world populated with believable and remarkable characters.
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I looked at the cover of this book, saw pyramids and crystals and thought "von Daniken meets stargate". Despite this, I thought I'd give it a go, and it turned out to be a well written and well thought out story.
5000 years ago a survey team from another human world came to Earth and landed in Egypt. Their home world was for all intents and purposes destroyed in their absence and a string of unfortunate events left them stranded on earth.
5000 years later, the people left on their home planet desperatly need the technology that allowed the survey team to get to earth at faster than light speed. So they send their own team to retreive it....things get interesting on earth from that point onwards.
This is just a brief outline and does not do the story justice, you'd have to read it to see what I mean. But, if you enjoy stargate you may enjoy this new twist on ancient history.
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I've had this on my Kindle for months, but just started to read it. I couldn't; gave up less than half way through.

Maybe it is me (of course it is), but I find the novels that bound about through time extremely annoying. Chapter 1 says "Four Years Ago," Chapter 2 is "Eighteen Years Ago," Chapter 4 is "One Year Ago," and Chapter 5 is "2607 BC." Chapter 6 is back to "One Year Ago," and then Chapter 7 is "Present Day." But exactly when is present day?

There are several separate stories from different time lines, and by the time I gave up at Chapter 15 ("2605 BC"), there were only two specific characters that had been fleshed out in any way, and only one of them seemed to have many redeeming qualities.

I am surprised at the number of positive reviews. I love good science fiction, but this didn't qualify for me.
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Couldn't finish more than a few chapters. The writing was infantile. "He loved making love to her lovely body." Really? Next time try to use the same word four times in one sentence. The way the story unfolds was just unbelievable and defied reason. Not enough common sense applied during the story telling. It's OK if an author doesn't understand science...but if you don't have a good grasp on science don't try to go into a high level of scientific theory. I urge people to not waste your money.
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I almost quit reading this book at 14%. The writing in the beginning is truly awful along with the typographical errors, and the science is infuriating. Why spend two pages describing the "magic" of the Eschless Funnel? This writer should avoid "explaining" any scientific discovery, as any good writer would. Why try to overexplain a new technology that has no basis in current technology. This writer cannot write science fiction! Period!

I also agree with other reviewers about the authors decision to use "titles" as some of the character names. Characters called "Engineer", "Mechanic", Janitor? What is the point? It might be innovative, and it MIGHT have had some reason if done correctly, but it was NOT done correctly as was constantly irritating.

After about the first third of the book, the author's writing seems to improve dramatically. Did another person write the last two-thirds of the book? The writing was not bad (wish the "Captain" and the "Biologist" had been elimimated, though.). And the story was actually pretty interesting. But, the last part of the book cannot overcome the complete failure of the beginning! The author needs to change genres. Maybe they could succeed.

Overall, I can't recomment this book to anyone. It is too uneven and the bad parts are too horrible.
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