When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it's nothing like what they'd imagined. The "gifts," from a long-dead but seemingly benevolent alien race, have been sent to help humanity defend itself against an imminent threat. It's clear that the gifts are intended to help, but at what price?
Caught in the middle is Sam Steele, a high-level programmer and veteran with a tragic past, up against the arrogant, intransigent Colonel Eric Web, who considers Steele a loose cannon and is most concerned with giving the United States an edge in the upcoming battle.
As the team races against the clock to divine their visitors' complex instructions, they struggle with infighting and, ultimately, the question of what it means to be human.
©2013 Dave Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"what a great hidden gem!"
I don't understand how this only gets a 4.0 from some people! crazy creative and interesting!
"This Gift is abit of a mess"
Dave Donovan...I would give it a try. He has good chops and technical knowledge, and has alot of potential in this category of fiction. I certainly would not preclude him from my list!
Jeff Cummings...sometimes comes across as trying too hard, but on balance a good performance with some pretty technical, or complex, dialogue. Again, not enough to preclude giving him another try.
It is clearly the beginning of a series, and as such the ending is rather open ended, esp. in the context of the amount of dedication we all put in to commit to the story. Thus, a neater ending would have been desirable.
Try to be more natural and relaxed.
It is clearly the beginning of a series, and the story does need conclusion.
The reviews I read were alot more effusive than what I experienced. It was a decent listen, but didn't blow me away like it evidently did for other people. I liked if well enough, but was not in my top 25. Not even close. Recommended with reservations as noted.
"Wonderfully Creative and Imaginative"
I really enjoyed this book. it was engrossing and entertaining right from the start. Kudos also to the narrator, who did an absolutely great job with the subject matter.
There seems to be an opening for a sequel and if that's the case, I can't wait for it
"YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP!"
fresh , different than the rest. cant put it down. im calling in to work to finish the book.
ITS all good.
he did 11/10 job. i will tweet to him
there are several you will just have to try it.
you will love it. I NEED BOOK 2 NOW!
This was a enjoyable audio book. looking forward to the next in hopefully will be a series
It was interesting, but not an attention grabber that I could not stop listening to. I am glad that it was an Amazon book of the day and only paid $4.
Great story, well performed. The imagination needed for such writing is beyond me and glad to be able to read such quality!
I found little difference between them except for the time the Boston Accent was used. Not familiar with it but to me it sounded authentic.
When she called Jeff Dad
This was a good book/audio. I liked the plot, the women's building friendship and the twists and turns. The over all story line was good however I some problems with the similar characters due to the narration. I would recommend as a good read.
"Written By A Computer"
Roughly around the half way point, I stopped the Audible version in disgust. There was just so much cliche and flat characterizations trying desperately to support a simplistic first contact sci fi. Everyone talked liked computers simulating a person; ironically, the aliens sounded too much like a person. But it was the over-the-top "military are eeeeeevil" messages that really had me rolling my eyes. I'm not a martial person and am hardly jingoistic - but the repeated bludgeoning of the "military screw everything up because they are stupid and utterly dogmatic" points became tiresome. There was so much telling instead of showing (he said, she said, he said, he did, she did.....) that the writing became a chore to follow.
Story: An alien sphere is heading toward the Earth - and the only person who figured out what it is doing is a computer dude. The military chief in charge of the project makes a bunch of stupid decisions based upon personal prejudice and whether something will make him look bad. Despite military dude throwing out computer dude from the program (even though computer dude was the only one to figure out the sphere), the sphere later (randomly) decides to merge with computer dude and tell him the hive mind are coming. Here are some gifts, humans, use them well or be annihilated.
The story greatly felt like it was written by a computer science guy and not a writer. The pacing, characters, and plot were flat as a board. I had a hard time telling anyone apart except for the military guys - they were universally stupid and self absorbed. Reactions and actions were lacking nuances and everything was simplistic to the point of being unbelievable. Giving the military guy an "aw shucks" down south American accent really threw this over the top of silly and stereotpyical. Really oddly, the book felt like it was written by a computer and not a person.
When the aliens started talking with our protagonist, I had had enough. It was all so clinical from the human side and overly emotional and touchy feely from the aliens. If this was a better writer, I could suppose the aliens were meant to show our supposedly scarred (but really just boring) main character how to be more emotional. But I think at that point, I was siding with the big evil hive mind that the humans should be wiped out.
I listened to the Audible version and the narrator did an ok job.
"I liked it but..."
I liked it but I also found it confusing at times. There was one very obvious concern that was never addressed or questioned at all. The characters were also all very trusting which isn't very realistic. It was extremely fast past and did keep my attention throughout though.
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