Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space.
Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets - destined to be sold as pets to highly advanced populations in “civilized” regions of the galaxy.
Even if he weren't constantly watched by his captors, Walker has few options. After all, there is no escape from a speeding starship. Another man might resign himself to the inevitable and hope to be sold to a kindly owner, but not Walker. This former college football star has plenty of American ingenuity and no intention of admitting defeat, now or ever. In fact, he's only just begun to fight.
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Yes loved the telling of this book!
When the dog first spoke was priceless
I laughed my butt off!!
Rachel E. Watkins
Another reviewer mentioned that he was unhappy to find that the next two in this trilogy were not currently available. This did give me pause before purchase, but I'm glad I did. This was a good book, an enjoyable story, one which I would be likely to listen to again. It was enjoyable enough that I DID want to read the next book in the trilogy, and pulled out my kindle and bought the next two books in the series (and have read those as well).
I often look for profound sci-fi, but have neglected the less literary fun tales which still stick with you and which still have layers of meaning in the story, and this book reminded me that, indeed, a good sci-fi is about the people in the story going through extraordinary situations, as well as new ways of considering things. It would make a good movie, if Hollywood wasn't so prone to screwing up good stories.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
This book reminded me a bit of John Scalzi's way of writing; funny, interesting and with great characters. It's a story about a human abducted by aliens who is trying to figure out why was he abducted, together with many other different aliens. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Why are the other two books in this series not available on Audible? I bought this book on sale for $4.95 --the sale was for first books in a series, but Audible doesn't have the rest of the series! A bit of bait and switch, there. C'mon Audible! You're better than that! Give us the other two books.... after all, this IS Alan Dean Foster!
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I love this book and I like this writer. When J. J. Abbrams and Lenard Nimoy go to this guy to restart "Star Trek", that must say a lot about this writer. With that in mind, what happens when you start a trilogy and there is only one book recorded out of 3? My problem is with 2 non-recorded books and I'm dyslexic! What do I do and where is there blame to point too?
Go figure I won't, I'm dyslexic!
Interesting without being 'can't put down" quality that sees some books keeping u awake half the night.
Too over find of a clever turn of phrase or comparison at first the book settles into itself as you get deeper in.
Fascinating treatment of alien abductions. I really enjoyed the vast variety of aliens and personalities. I also loved the interaction between the man and dog
This is a great book with an interesting story. It's not too hard of a read, and I really enjoy the writing style, even though it seems that the author is attempting to imitate Douglas Adams and not quite nailing it. The fact that the author is occasionally a bit more wordy than necessary is actually a positive thing, if you can believe it. I think it helps with the overall imagery of the story.
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