When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.
©1997 Robert J Sawyer (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Aliens, courtroom drama, and surprises around every corner. I should have begun by stating I am a BIG Robert Sawyer fan. I was very excited to see his older books come to audible when Triggers was released. I blazed thru Triggers and moved on to Illegal Alien. I enjoy Sawyers writing style and the way he interjects morality and opposing points of view. If you are a Sawyer fan you will enjoy this book. Joe Barrett gives the story life. I will look for more books narrated by him. This is not my favorite Robert Sawyer book, that prize goes to Calculating God because it had some wonderful humor and the whole premise was so outlandish I admired the imagination that brougth it to life.
Illegal Aliens is a five star book and was well worth my last credit. I recommend this book to fans as well as Sawyer newcomers--just beware, you will be spending all your credits on Sawyer books for the next couple months...he is addicting!
After a lot of searching and trial and error looking for a new author to enjoy, I stumbled across this book and it's fantastic! The author has a true gift, keeping you enthralled and entertained to the point that it's hard to stop listening to the book. The ideas he comes up with are truly fascinating and believable at the same time.
The narrator is brilliant, bringing life to the characters and placing the right emphasis at the right moments. It's easy to imagine the characters as the narrator speaks for them.
I've now started reading The Neanderthall Parallax series (also by Robert J Sawyer) and I'm now hooked on that!
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I read this book several years ago, and when I bought it on Audible I didn't realize I had already read it. Even though I knew I had read it, I couldn't remember all the plot points, and some of the finer details. This is a great book, I think all will like it. I give it 95 out of 100, which is one of my higher recent scores.
There are numerous science fiction stories where the aliens are very evil and few where they are very good. This is a story where the same alien is both. It gets off to a slow start but hang in there, it is worth the wait. The twists and turns cannot be forseen.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
If you want true science fiction, then turn to Robert J. Sawyer. This is my seventh Sawyer book and this is the best, but they are all good. If you don't like this, you don't like Science Fiction.
Sawyer explores the question, What if Aliens land in the United States in peace, but one of them commits a murder? Sawyer explores this question and we are along for the ride. It is a great ride with some mystery and lots of twists and turns, along with commentary on the U.S. Justice system.
Sawyer never cops out by having aliens that look and act like us. He examines evolution, figures out what type of creatures would come from certain planets and goes from there. Evolution is explored in this book in great detail and some cool things about humans are explained.
Written in 1997, it is just a little dated. There is talk of VCR's and no mention of cell phones. Blockbuster is even mentioned.
I wish I was more articulate, I loved this book and I want you to read it.
Narrator was absolutely excellent.
Some of the situations the aliens find themselves in can be humorous.
The murder trial and all the discriptions of alien lifestyle.
Joe does a good job of being sad or happy or afraid when the situation calls for it.
The first time the murder weapon was seen by humans. It implicated an alien as the prime suspect.
I don't think this book was intended to be a comedy but I found myself laughing throughout.
Courtroom ScienceFiction Drama
The unraveling of the murder case and its implications for humanity.
The narrator delivered the story with great skill and delivered believable voices in his characterizations.
The examination of philosophical differences between the aliens and humans was thought provoking.
A well constructed and entertaining story with and "old school" sci-fi feel to it.
Well-read audio books are ALWAYS better than the print version. It adds another dimension of pleasure to the work....
The story is unique and plot development superb. Fascinating to read/hear. Don't miss it!
The book starts off great but quickly becomes boring. I kept waiting for something to happen, alien's to invade, mass destruction, just something... but nothing ever did. If you enjoy classical novels like To Kill a Mockingbird then this book might be for you. I personally find this kind of thing boring. Who wants to read about a court case? No one, that's why people get out of doing jury duty.
The author has his personal liberal political and grandiose views of the U.N. threaded through out the story. Many boring parts that are reminiscent of a Perry Mason TV show.
No. Authors delusions of Grandiose liberalism don't jive with reality.
Joe Barrett story reading was the only thing that kept me listening to the whole story.
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