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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#Review: Xenogeneic: First Contact by Lance Erlick | @LanceErlick @iReadBookTours | #Giveaway #SciFiThriller #AlienInvasion


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Xenogeneic: First Contact
by Lance Erlick
Paperback, 300 pages
March 10th 2017
Finlee Augare Books

Xenogeneic is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.

Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.

The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth’s neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home—Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.

Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.
While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. It is winner take all. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.

Xenogeneic: First ContactMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I was sent a copy of this book for this blog tour and honest review.

I am thoroughly surprised at how enjoyable this book was for me. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy a great Sci-Fi. Sometimes I have a hard time getting into them and I stop for a break. It never has anything to do with the book or the author, writing or whatnot. That is all on me and my personal preference.

Xenogeneic: First Contact has strong female characters, both the lead and the villain-ish characters, and a very determined, handsome, shuttle captain. Yes. Marc's determination must be acknowledged.

Elena's character is admirable. She is on a strange planet; she has just reunited with her father, who has been supposed dad for the last eighteen years, and learns that she has a younger sister. Elena's father tries to warn her about the "evil K", which is where he breathes his last.

I must admit that I got so frustrated with the plot because it just felt like Elena, Marc and the rest of the crew, were going in circles trying to find a way to either get off this foreign planet, or defy their host, the Knoonk. However, once I got over that hurtle, my stress level went back down to 0 and I kept reading. I liked the ending. What I'm worrying about is if there will be another book. If there is, this is going to be a great series. If not, it's still a great book.

It's technically an adult fiction, but I must say that everything was kept to a bare minimal. Most scenarios were kept behind closed doors, language was hardly there. It was great.

About the Author
Lance Erlick writes science fiction thrillers for young adult and adult readers. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the consequences of Annabelle Scott following her conscience. He authored the Regina Shen series--Resilience, Vigilance, Defiance, and Endurance. This series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to the Great Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. His latest novel is Xenogeneic: First Contactabout encounters with an alien race aiming to take over Earth. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for participating in the tour and for the review.