Life on Earth in the year 2074 is bleak following years of climate change, widespread viruses, and worldwide economic collapse. To save mankind, NASA prepares to send a starship with human colonists to Terralus 4, an Earth-like planet in the Alurian system. But then a powerful extraterrestrial race, the Believers, arrive on Earth, promising hope, peace and prosperity. At first they are welcomed as saviors, but over time a much darker side is revealed. Captain Aki Wu, smart and beautiful leader of the NASA crew, escapes Earth with her security officer Stuart (Mac) McKenzie, and travel to Terralus 4, where they land and attempt to colonize the planet. They battle the harsh climate and a variety of bizarre alien races that inhabit the planet, but finally succeed in establishing a human settlement. However, their efforts may prove futile when the Believers land on Terralus 4. Now, with the help of local aliens, they fight the Believers in an effort to ensure the survival of the human race.
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I read the reviews both pro and con for this book and chose to make up my own mind. Normally I never write reviews, but I feel it is my responsibility to warn my fellow listeners of this mess.
My first complaint is that while it moves very fast, this story does so at the cost of making any sense. The characters have one dimensional personalities and aren't very likeable. The main character is a cliche Asian woman who never really comes out with any good ideas, but relies on secondary characters to do her thinking.
When the colonist land they immediately do what Earthlings do and begin to terrorize the natives with their
He stutter speaks and everyone sounds similiar. It may have been the book itself though that made me dislike his reading.
Anger that I wasted fourteen dollars.
Don't Do IT!
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
I don't suppose the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, were he around would not be offended or affronted by a book that echoes his "Childhood's End" also available at audible.com.
The aliens arrive with apparent benign intent provided that their religious system is embraced. The rewards will be peace and prosperity but women must cover their hair and booze is prohibited but available on the sly. Earth's sole interstellar, not totally finished is hijacked by some of the crew and migrants to the new "second Earth." They make it but the planet is colder for humans but highly suitable for hairy aliens of lo-tech abilities. Suffice to say, the colony is not viable and some rebel, demanding to return to Earth but the heroic crew, basically bright females, with a dried-out drunk security guard to provide muscle in holding on in trying circumstances. The situation is untenable and the benign overlords arrive and take the starship survivors "home."
On return, the cultural shift has virtually herded humans into sheep-like mode but the returnees manage to escape from a death sentence, torture, and high-tech security. The mask of benign aliens fades away in due proportion to mention of their body odour, which is mentioned sparely until the latter their of the book.
This is not a bad tale in itself and I welcome SF turning back to more of the 'nuts and bolts' legacy of the genre, sadly MIA for too long, while the focus is on fantasy, witchcraft, dinosaurs in spaceships and pseudo-sociological studies of life in the future. In a another way, US rejection of space in favour of mud-plugging has been been showing signs of a healthier outlook. The book is well-narrated, the premise partly-used and gives a push to the old saying: "Two men look out from behind the bars; one sees mud, the other stars."
It remains to be seen whether the author persists with the SF genre and I hope he does. By contrast with some books it is a little overpriced but sometimes a listener will have to take a chance - I don't regret it for the sake of the genre and audible.com but for those who read Terralus 4, I would encourage a look at Childhood's End. Sir Arthur Clarke had some problems with developing personalities in depth but in audible form, this changes.
This is a good book that held my interest throughout. 4 stars could have been 5 but it stayed a steady well paced book that was good all the way to the end without any jaw droping moments. I felt like it was the first in a series that set up for a excelent second book. Having said that, I did enjoy this book. Was good, not great from begining to end.
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