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So, cards on the table, I've become a fan of Mr. Hall. I just finished this book and can't WAIT for #2 & #3. Yes, there's a lot going on, some sections could be longer and others shorter, but you have to look at it as Book #1 of a SERIES. Yes, it's great as a stand-alone read, but Mr. Hall has set-up the universe, laid the groundwork and allowed us to visit. So now, fully primed to continue the story, I must unfortunately wait along with all his other fans for the next book.
I want to know more about the aliens, the seer in particular and the secrets they are hiding. I can't wait to see how Carter & the rest get on after the events of Tangential, but I'm particularly interested in the Seer & Traveller abilities. Can they find a way to travel to, and rescue, any of the people taken? Are new hazards on their way through the depths of space? Will Thop ever eat anything besides a ration bar?
I can't wait to find out.
The author touches on a wealth of topics like quantum entanglement, diet, ecology, political accountability and many others in a completely coherent and well-formed worldview that will not only entertain you but also make you think about how you want to be governed, what you want to eat, how change is introduced into society and a wealth of other topics.
On top of that the characters are well thought out and represent very clear aspects of humanity that work as ideological, but non-judgmental, guides throughout the story - you even get the alien's side of the story which helps put the whole tale in a perspective that is thought provoking and far-reaching.
When a father, son and a school teacher are abducted and returned by aliens, this book is just beginning. The story was both complicated and enthralling. The Sci-Fi geek in me loved this novel!
This novel is full of neat characters with all types of personalities, you have an average dad Taylor a sports writer, who does something brave to start us off. He develops special abilities as a result of the abduction.
A boy Carter who is smart as a whip and daring, son to Taylor. He is first to notice that something bad is happening the day of the mass abductions, he also develops special abilities as a result of the abduction.
A school teacher Miranda who is very sensitive and smart. She was at the church, protesting the day of the abductions. She also develops special abilities as a result of her abduction.
Shelia a paralegal and artist who is amazingly brave and courageous, all while suffering from major grief. She attempts to warn the Nesbit family that the government knows about them being returned from their abduction.
Sinclair is a farmer and dad to Taylor, he is a feisty, Christian old coot with the mind of a steel trap.
Jeffrey Harrison a mediocre government analyst turned government flunky and goon. He is asked to facilitate the retrieval of the returnees alive, for government testing and questioning.
Mage a former military Hero turned soldier of fortune and his crew, some really mean men. Men hired to retrieve the returnees.
Tat a scientists obligated into servitude as a soldier of fortune after being rescued from Kosovo. Hired to assist in retrieval of returnees and to medically evaluate them upon retrieval. Thop Sapient Liason for the Thraasian Fleet. The only alien seen by abductees.
Psychically connected to all of the abductees and a seer. These are the main characters in a book about aliens, time and dimensional travel, government conspiracy, invasion and abduction.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."
The character development on the primary characters continued throughout the entire book and by the end it was very easy to see them as normal people caught up in a something they could never have anticipated. I also like the number of strong female characters, they were not just the damsel in distress or love interest for the hero type females I find in so many books.
I look forward to future books from Cliff Hall.