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Xenophobia (First Contact) Paperback – June 22, 2013
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Xenophobia is set in Malawi, Africa, with US soldiers acting as peacekeepers to stop a civil war from erupting. When an alien spacecraft arrives in orbit, America is thrown into turmoil and US troops are withdrawn from hotspots around the globe to provide support at home. Malawi descends into chaos. Xenophobia follows a band of US Rangers that stay behind to get doctors and patients from an outlying field hospital to safety. When hundreds of alien spacecraft begin flying overhead, the dynamics of war take on an entirely new dimension.
FIRST CONTACT is similar to BLACK MIRROR or THE TWILIGHT ZONE in that the series is based on a common theme rather than common characters. This allows these books to be read in any order. Technically, they're all first as they all deal with how we might initially respond to contact with aliens, exploring the social, political, religious, and scientific aspects of First Contact.
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 22, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 317 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1490568239
- ISBN-13 : 978-1490568232
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.72 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #852,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, the story is weaved with the tribulations of the protagonists, a team from Medecins sans Frontieres and a group of rangers originally assigned to their protection, as they attempt to leave war-torn Malawi after everyone is being recalled following the arrival of the alien ship, and this makes for a very lively and colorful story line that is far more interesting and rich in human dimensions that many traditional science fiction works.
Second, the aliens themselves are sufficiently "different" that they escape many of the traditional stereotypes that often come along in first contact novels.
Third, the writing and character development is at least as strong as the story line, which itself includes a few mostly unexpected twists. The writing alternates between the 1st and 3rd person rather seamlessly, and this in some way also imparts a nice rhythm to the story.
The only minor negative in the book is the ending, and if half stars were possible I would have actually rated the book a 4.5 rather than 5 stars. My issues with the ending are two-fold. First, i It comes about pretty abruptly and is disappointingly short. I can sense that the author is leaving room for a sequel, but this nevertheless makes for a somewhat unsatisfactory conclusion to an otherwise strong story line. My second gripe with the ending is that unlike the rest of the book, it scores low in terms of originality. Warning - Spoiler Alert (don't read if you don't want a sneak preview at the ending). In particular, the theme of two humans standing in front of an alien tribunal to plead for humanity and avoid its destruction because the alien's experience with us led them to believe we are hopelessly violent and dangerous to others is one that has been used by many others. And the author's version of this particular theme, while not bad, has nothing particularly striking to it. Given that the ending is less that 5% of the book, this is not a major flaw, and I would certainly recommend both the book and more importantly the author, but it was not at the same level as the rest of the book.
Perhaps I’m over-explaining myself—all I’m saying is that the protagonist, a young doctor working in a war-torn third-world country—and her UN-assigned military team of protectors—have more than their share of drama unfolding throughout this book. The introduction of some kind of First Contact, late in the story, was superfluous in terms of good story-telling. The woman’s struggle is as much about the human condition as anything else—quite gripping, all on its own—and, as I said, the realism of this story only adds to the sense of alienness concerning the visitors from the sky, when they finally appear.
As a child of Clarke, Asimov & Co., I have no set requirement for literary excellence in my science fiction—though when I come across it, as I have done here, I’m very appreciative. What I do demand is that there be, if not originality, at least uniqueness to the concepts or the science—and that is also here, not so much in the ingredients of the story, but in the interactions of the various players and in the frustrating of comfortable assumptions and expectations.
If a combination of the movies “Tears of the Sun”, “Rescue Dawn”, and “Super 8” sounds like something you’d enjoy, then Xenophobia is right up your alley.
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The ending takes away the fifth star, as this ending is standard fare. Done to death. The rest of the book is very good. The characters are pretty well developed and our British black female doctor operating in villages off the beaten track in civil war torn Africa is refreshing and engaging. She is a committed professional and not some super hero, as becomes apparent when the poo hits the fan. The American Rangers who are involved in the conflict present a complimentary set of characters.
Whilst the first part of the book is a pure military storyline, with just a mention of aliens on the radio, the characters are well fleshed out here. This is well written and sets up the alien section of the book nicely.
However, apart form the atrocious ending, the other thing to complain about is the editing - there are so many typos it becomes really annoying. Add to that our Brit doctor refers to her "MOM" a lot. Aaaaahhhh! I would have suffered a few more comparisons to Hollywood alien films (there are so many......) rather than read our heroine refer to her "mom".
I will definitely be checking this author out again.
Metaphors are in abundance, there are moments of genuine tension and the alien is REALLY alien.
I liked the way that the pacing of the story was a reflection of the journey of the aliens into the solar system, an unresolved glimpse gradually building to a clear reality as the pace accelerates. It gives you chance to get to know the main characters while facing Earthly situations before, and I doubt this spoils anything, the encounter occurs. I think ending a story like this is always tricky, for me the authors navigates the fine line between trite, dissapointing, unsatisfying, obvious, annoying, too happy and manages to pull off something that works. The ethical and moral quandries that arise are handled in a way that builds the characters and sets the scene for the final section of the story, none of this is heavy or preachy, simply a way of pointing out that there is seldom a right answer. Life is not that simple.
I hope you chose to read this, it is well written, well paced and ultimately satifying as a complete story.