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3zekiel Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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Kevin T. Collins, an Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator, is an actor, singer, recording artist, and director who can be seen off Broadway, on television, and in films.
- ASIN : B08ZBJDYXH
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200255665
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.7 inches
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The team that arrives is made up of US Navy Seals and US Scientists. Josh is assigned a ‘Watcher’ a Seal named Garcia, being the US Missionaries Son, but he also becomes interested in two Scientists on the team, an Indian nicknamed ‘Pretzel’ as no one can pronounce his real name, and an American named Angela.
The story follows Josh and this group of Garcia, Jana, Pretzel and Angela as they go to set up some sensors at some nearby bat caves that Jana and Josh know of that can provide some valuable information for the scientists.
The story is a combination of hard sci-fi with some incredibly detailed research on the jungle, the creatures within, the possibility of Alien contact, Astronomy, and a myriad of other topics. Each step of this story has been meticulously researched so that as you read, you get to enjoy some incredible facts as well, making this an utterly fascinating story.
Without giving away spoilers, the group come across African Gorillas as one stage, and this part of the story is utterly mesmerising in its detail, Cawdron creates so much power and beauty in his story telling, you really feel like you are there with these incredible creatures.
Of course, the real bonus in any Cawdron story is the exceptional Character work. Cawdron has become a true master at creating powerful Character driven stories, and 3ZEKIEL is another example of his superior work. The Character of Josh is not just a typical youth as you would expect from a Missionaries son, who has been dragged around the world to different places, by a Father with a colourful background. His Character is engaging, intelligent, and yet, as all 16yr old boys are want to be, flawed at various stages. Jana is a vibrant young woman, who is fascinating, and totally enchanting, and yet, there is a lot of mystery about her. Pretzel is an enigma, hilarious, he is like a walking Google, but he is also wise, knowing how to implement that knowledge. Angela is just brilliant, a total genius. Garcia is as tough as they come, but under the hard shell, there is a gentle soul.
Each of these Characters has so much detail, so much depth, you feel like you know each of them personally.
Added to this is this amazing landscape. Cawdron walks us through this world that most of us will never have seen, and makes it like we are sitting there, reading the book from the grass at the front of the village, feeling the heat, with the canopy of the trees overhead, and the soft breeze tickling our skin. As the story moves along, we move with it, and we understand every bit of terrain that the group crosses, or touches, we are there, feeling it, smelling it, the world building is stunning.
I don’t want to give too much away about the story, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, the story is breathtaking, wondrous, exciting, powerful and at times, terrifying and heartbreaking. But at all times, you will be utterly engaged, unable to but down the book. This is not just a book about Alien First Contact, it is about a Journey of Discovery, Knowledge, Understanding of Hope. It is one of the best stories I have read this year, and is very thought provoking and powerful, I highly recommend it for anyone who loves a Good Sci-Fi story, a Good Adventure, or just a Good Read.
I’ve read hundreds of authors, but I keep coming back to Peter Cawdron, partly because he’s a prolific writer but mostly because every one of his books is damn good! Peter Cawdron writes real science fiction, the kind that brings us back to Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, the kind that makes you think – what if? My kind of science fiction.
3ZEKIEL is Peter’s latest in a series of fun reads that takes us on an adventure via a plausible event in the near future. Aliens have arrived in the Sol system. We know from the first pages of the story they’ve made rudimentary contact and have dragged an asteroid into geosynchronous orbit around the Earth. But why? We also learn about a crazy conspiracy theory that says the Ezekiel chapter in the Bible is actually an account of aliens coming to Earth more than two thousand years ago. Really? Is this nuts? Or is there any reality to a bronze-age account passed down as religion? We’ll have to read on to find out.
Here’s the thing about Peter Cawdron stories – if he quotes from the Bible, you know it’s accurate – no need to look it up. If he describes how a space elevator from geosynchronous orbit works, you can be sure that’s exactly how we (or aliens) will build it someday. Peter does his homework in every aspect, not just to create an exciting science fiction tale, but to create a story so realistic you’re drawn into the middle of it. You’ll know each character as a real person. You’ll feel the heat of the African jungle, imagining drips of sweat running down your back. You’ll hear the sounds of insects, birds and monkeys in the trees. 3ZEKIEL is an immersive experience and a compelling story woven so intricately that you won’t be able to put it down.
In the end, I thought to myself, “Yeah, that’s pretty much the way first contact would really happen.” It’s not E.T. but it’s also not Independence Day. Forget about marauding hordes of monsters with slime dripping from their fangs. There’s absolutely nothing on Earth that aliens would covet – not our water, not our resources, not even our land. There are a million rocks out there in this vast universe that are just as good. But it’s possible – plausible even – that there is something special about Earth: its life, especially human life. Intelligent life might be quite rare and that’s why – even if you conform to the “nothing can go faster than light” speed limit – first contact is not such a crazy idea.
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The story is also extremely slow to get going. It is 400 pages long but you have to get to page 100 before anything actually happens. Then everyone stands around talking for another 60 pages before the book finally shifts up a gear. You are half-way through before we finally meet some aliens. The actions of the main warring Earth nations don’t really make any sense. Now the story could have injected interesting twists concerning the scientist’s interest in these two teenagers. There could have been an underlying tension between local superstition, old time religion and the challenge of new found science. This could have been a vehicle for something profound. But you get little such subtlety here. For that read Carl Sagan. This story lacks intellect and depth. The description of the jungle has all the authenticity of a child retelling the National Geographic documentary they saw on TV last night. Cawdron injects a few interesting ideas and details here and there but it lacks any absorbing authenticity. Extremely lightweight.
The story is on such a large scale, is such a page-turner- exciting, horrifying, thought-provoking- all that, and also the one thing that really puts Peter up there with the sci-fi greats: oodles of real, well-researched science!
So, not only do you learn loads, the science gives it that believable edge. I highly recommend it!
Normally if a story engages me, I will be able to remember character names and traits, even scenes. The only name I remember is Pretzel and that was a result of me settling down with a mug of herbal tea and a pretzel for lunch.
I prefer hard sci fi, and things that make me think. This just made me think "I could go for another pretzel right now"
A new take on an old theme. Nice one.