A survey crew of the human starship Geoffrey Laird lands on a small, unexplored planet quaintly named Fleece as part of a standard scientific mission. The planet looks benign, but a small mix-up with "hostile life-forms" has the three surviving members of the team on the run. Drik, Max, and Laree seek shelter in a small cave, completely cut off from their ship and communications. But it turns out the cave is anything but small.
Kodo, frozen in stasis for almost 1,000 years, awakens to find everything he knew is gone. His fellow crewmembers are dead, his ship is a wreck, and his homeworld is gone. Only one other member of the crew survives - Kalaya, the Aurora's synthetic organism. Now, on top of it all, humans are on his ship! Humans, the universe's newest addition to deep space-faring races and a complete embarrassment to the galactic community, are on his ship. Could this get any worse? Yes, it can.
Follow Kodo, Laree, and friends on their mission to escape Fleece and the human military eager to capture their ship. A mission filled with danger, laughter, spiteful hamsters, and sentient BLT sandwiches? Game show hosts? Space crickets?
This is a light science fiction novel; if you are looking for discussions on quantum theory, then this is not the book for you.
©2015 T. Michael Ford (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Just like Oliver I want more, this book being first in series (we hope ) explores the hopes and fears of humans meeting new challenges and overcoming adversary. I greatly enjoyed this novel and do hope that the author will decide to continue this enthralling saga.
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
You can't help but be a big fan of certain narrators, but what I really love about following them around, is they come across some of the most amazing stories I might not have found otherwise.
I have no expectations when I first start with a new book, and I have to admit, the 'female' pov of Larie was a little different from a male narrator. I think I was only a little jarred by this because I just presumed at the start that it was a guy, till she spoke, lol. But Greg does wonderful inflections and voices, and I was soon swept away into this new and exciting and scary world.
For me, what matters most, is really decent characters. I thought the writer had both side of this nailed. Great, alien creatures and a sentient AI and human characters who were smart, and stupid. :) lol at Max. He was such a doofer of a character, but throughout the book he had some really life changing moments... and I found myself really liking him as well.
Kodo, and Kalayya were really fun. but I have to say the writer has a thing for names beginning with a K... Komega, Krik..... and was there some more. It didn't stop me enjoying the book :)
There were a few very tense moments. Some that had me on the edge of my seat, (literally pretty hard while driving) and of course, some extreme teary ones.
I do wish there was some interaction with the crew of the Jeff at the end
Fantastic story and narration. This is a book I'd highly recommend... and I do hope there's a lot more in store for the ship and her crew... I kinda know it's going to be nasty with the new threat heading to Earth... but... eeek. Hope I can get to listen in soon. I daren't go see if it's already out on amazon...
Very enjoyable. It made a 700 mile drive almost fly by. I am looking forward to nook two.
"Stay away from this book"
I doubt it
Anger Sadness and Disappointment.....
It is almost as if is the author has no real understanding of his own species much less a theoretical alien species. He is just completly clueless and listening to this book reached a point that it made me so disgusted I had to stop reading. I almost never pan a book like this and I can count the number of books on one hand that was poorly written and who's author was so horribly ignorant of the subject he wrote about that is was just horrible. I actually wish I could get a refund on this.
SO what was so horrible. Well humans who's skills were supposedly sufficient enough to crew a research vessel were unimaginable stupid. They live in a future far enough and technologically advanced enough that Humans travel in FTL capable ships and have many colonies. Yet these people are terrified of finding what might be aliens. Human looking aliens no less. They run in terror to hide. They find the idea of truly intelligent AI's simply to hard to believe. Are amazed by powerful hand weapons. Think that ships with actually true fusion cores are nothing less than magic. Are absolutely terrified and mystified by the existence of nanites capable of existing in your body. They see them as horrifying little robots just waiting to turn them into puppets. So much so that one character freaks out that they were used to save her life with out her permission. Even though the character is not even conscious and the nanites have been removed instead of being allowed to continue healing and improving her health.
Oh and in this far future civilizations choose to either embrace magic or technology at some ill defined point in their advancement. The entire Human race is considered silly and stupid because they did things like allowing media broadcast to be radiated into space and are made fun of because they sent probes out to investigate the cosmos in their early space fairing years and were so ridiculous that they included greeting to any civilizations they might run into.
Of course military types are sorta rabid evil monsters. Typical. I really just do not know why this author wrote any scifi because he likely has trouble even using basic consumer technology at home. It is obvious that he does not keep up with any science journal
Don't waste your money. I hate doing this but really this person should not be writing Sci-Fi
"loved the fantasy!"
I really got into the lives of each character. would like to hear a second book by both the author and narrators.
"Great book, I enjoyed the story."
Maybe just a tiny bit predictable but altogether a good story. The characters to love and hate .
"Saucy Sci Fi first contact romance"
this will probably be made into a SciFi movie that won't be a generation's touchstone, but will be a light, easy date movie with several memorable, relatable characters, including addressing the time- honored "when is an AI 'alive'" theme
"This was a funny and captivating story."
I can't wait to hear more! A fun sci-fi read that has all the elements of a story for this genre, without the hard to follow lingo.
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