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Here Comes Earth

By: William Lee Gordon
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
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Where did mankind really come from? Why are we here? We can't understand the past until we embrace the future. These critical mysteries take center stage as Earth emerges into a galactic society that is far more perilous than anyone could have imagined. Our history is far more complicated than we could have known. Can a few brilliant minds find a way out for Earth?

One saving grace is that there are those who believe ancient clues foretell that Earth has a destiny, and if we can survive our present difficulties, we might just find out what that destiny is....

Dr. Mark Spencer was a young, up-and-coming history and anthropology professor who was all too familiar with what happens to less advanced civilizations when suddenly exposed to others of considerably higher technology. There's only one survivor, and the culture witnessing magic isn't it. When modern-day Earth suddenly finds itself on the losing end of that proposition, a team of the world's best scientists is put together to find a solution. Of course the advanced society being friendly, Earth's citizens uniting, and the world's politicians working together for the common good would help tremendously, but...what if none of that were true?

©2014 William Lee Gordon (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Enough about cleavage

I got through maybe five minutes and I’d already had enough of the sexist objectification of women and how good-looking the protagonist was to them. Bleh.

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Sexist tripe

If you like your lead character to describe a woman’s body and looks in general along with his sexual prowess in every chapter you’re going to like this book.

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95% cool sci-fi story; 5% weird libertarian rants.

With these books I finally gain an understanding of why some people like Twilight. These books were fun pulpy novels. Nothing more, nothing less. Every character is a Mary Sue. Every. Single. Character. It's sci-fi and even the human race is a Mary Sue- absolutely unique in the universe and while there are species that are technologically more advanced it's obvious that we're the best at everything. The entire galaxy is watching our birth into the stars. The heroes are without flaw and the villains are obviously evil and stupid. The women are gorgeous and the men are handsome. The main protagonist (the book is 1st person but rotates characters every chapter) is brilliant, right about everything, and no woman can resist his charms and he beds them within 24 hours. Seriously, even Ian Fleming would tell this author to tone it down a bit. I'd quit if the story weren't actually pretty interesting but no amount of suspension of disbelief will make you forget you're reading a book. 95% of it is really cool universe and an extremely well thought out political system and religion. 5% is weird neck-beard views on romance and libertarian rants.

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generally entertaining, though confusing at times

The international space station is suddenly and inexplicably transported from earth orbit to the outer solar system. All the astronauts aboard die. A group of nearly human aliens arrive to explain it was their rivals who did it. “Join us, so we can protect you from them.” They insist. Earth quickly gathers its strongest and brightest on a journey with our new alien friends out into the far reaches of the galaxy. Purpose unknown. Things aren’t always as they seem, however. It is unclear who is friend and who is foe, not only among the aliens, but among the Earthers.

We learn about the aliens and how Earthers are closely related in genetic origin. Our genes were manipulated thousands of years ago, against galactic rules. A complex play of alien morality and motivations are at work, with Earth as the prize. The transported Earthers must learn who to trust and then move quickly against overwhelming technology and odds with little information.

There are several main characters that the author switches at each chapter, each presenting his or her story from a first person perspective. As an audiobook, this sometimes gets confusing. Though you are told who is speaking at each chapter change, the voice and perspective can be similar and you might lose perspective if you don’t listen carefully. You may catch yourself asking, “who’s this again?” Not a fatal flaw, just probably more effective in reading, rather than in audio.

There is a great deal of political science discussion between human and alien. Most of it is quite interesting and important to the story; but be warned, there isn’t a lot of action or suspense until you are two thirds of the way into the book. Sexual tension pervades most of the inner thoughts of three of the main characters, a kind of lust triangle. One man wants to shtup every female with a pulse (human or alien), one wants to find a woman like dear old mom, and finally the girl who is attracted to the bad boy, but doesn’t want to get hurt. We want to respect these brilliant scientists and powerful soldiers, but these juvenile sex fantasies tend to lead us astray.

The story starts off interestingly enough with hard science fiction, trying to envision futuristic governments and alien hierarchies, but soon morphs into a Scifi fantasy, Narnia in outer space or something. It is hard to say without listening to the sequel(s).

The story is narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. He has a good voice and is easy to listen too. Unfortunately, the changes between male lead characters are not different enough, so that occasionally we are confused as to who is speaking. Not a deal breaker and very good over all.

Here Comes Earth is generally entertaining, though confusing at times. The novel ends abruptly, leading us to the clear understanding that this is book one in a series, probably a long one. Perhaps put in context of a much larger story (assuming several sequels), the jury should hold its verdict on the novel until then. One should listen knowing that it is only the start of a much more involved story of unknown length.

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Could not finish

Way too much unnecessary political commentary. Author just ruined the story to promote his libertarian anti government views thankfully audible was giving away this book (no surprise) which saves me from requesting a refund.

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I'm a macho guy and I can have sex

This is not really what I was looking for. The macho guy who knows more than anyone around and can sleep with all the women shaded the interesting science fiction. I couldn't finish it, even for free.

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Right wing philosophy

The book was ok, characters are not the most dynamic or fleshed out and you don’t get too attached to them through the book. Point of view of narrator switches between characters at times and it’s hard keep track who’s who as the characters aren’t that different. My biggest problem is the right wing politics intertwined throughout the book which doesn’t add much to the plot and seems more like the author just wanting to give his view.

How many mass shootings are committed by people that have legally purchased their firearm? A lot and to say gun control doesn’t work because “bad guys don’t follow laws”. Is bullshit. I’m really glad this title was free otherwise I would be looking for a refund.

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Ew. Just ew. Women Beware.

Thankfully this book was a free rental because I couldn’t finish it. The narration was extremely dry with no distinction between the characters, but I could have looked past this. My biggest issue is the number of passages dedicated to the (a?) main male character expounding on his sexual prowess, and not in a way that enriches the story or the character, but simply as what I imagine to be the author’s perception of himself, or wishful thinking. The adjective “thirsty” comes to mind. Unsurprisingly, the women in this story are all objectified and their characters are completely flat.
I haven’t read or listened to anything else by Mr. Gordon, and now I likely never will.

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Horny teenager meets aliens

What would have made Here Comes Earth better?

Most of the references to sex deleted. This character is obsessed with sex. Sees all women as sex conquests and when meeting aliens is more concerns with bedding them than anything else. This is a story of the character's conquest to get laid against a backstory of some alien stuff. Awful. Have asked for a refund.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Lee Gordon again?

Yes

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

Excellent voice, right characterisation. Shame about the plot.

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Is this soft core porn for men or is it a sci-fi novel??

It’s amazing how much of the book is concerned about women in bikinis (sometimes reduced down to “brown bodies”) and how women select men for sex (according the obviously male author). It comes across like the author is more concerned with incel fantasies than writing a science fiction novel. An hour in and all I’ve really taken in about the narrator is that he’s a shallow sex addict who has women throw themselves at him. I feel bad for the narrator having to work around this. Just not good. It’s like the author wanted to channel the more erotic sides of Richard K Morgan but didn’t know what it was like to actually have sex.

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  • Sky
  • 01-24-22

Wow!

I know times have changed but I couldn’t carry on listening to this male fantasy that only sees women as potential sex objects.
There is more to the story I am sure but every time it veers off into authors sexist diatribes I cringe. Eventually enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-22

From an male perspective without doubt the most painfully sexist book I’ve ever encountered

Lost me by the fourth word (cleavage) but I persisted, with significant displeasure, solely so as to be able to leave a fair balanced review.

Two hours left and I’m going to have to tap out I’m afraid. Moderate interest in the outcome non withstanding.

I’ve eminent respect for anyone who has the get together to toil over and then complete a novel so I’m not going to cast any aspersions on the author.

What I did do however is bookmark many passages like the following one.

“Look Hiromi, with me it’s simple. I love women, I love everything about women…

(So let’s list the best things about women shall we?)

…”From their nurturing and empathetic nature to their aggressiveness to be taken seriously. I especially love the female form. The curves on the back of your calf, the shape of your butt even the lines of a woman’s shoulder. And the really best part (and it really is!) is that no 2 women are the same….Some women have breasts that are pert and strong that I love massaging and kissing while others are heavy enough that I can put my hands under them and cradle the weight”!

Conversations of this nature are regular if not always so crude and rarely relevant to the plot.

Every single female character/conquest is objectified to the point it becomes a ridiculous male egocentric drag.

If you have a mother, a sister, a daughter or a wife, a girlfriend, fiancée an aunty or any female friends that you have any modicum of respect for, I’d suggest you keep scrolling!




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  • Sean Satterley
  • 09-26-22

Great!

A good offer from Amazon. A free title. I'm now hooked and can't wait for the follow on. well done!

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  • Another Satisfied Customer
  • 05-15-22

Avoid

life is too short to waste on this yarn American centric yarn. The whole thing is worse than bad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-22

Absolutely brilliant.

First of all like many other reviews mention the sex bits well I can do with out and it is abit cringe at times but its no unbearable.
Now the story itself is absolutely brilliant! Ive always been fascinated by the real world similarities between our ancient culture and this ties them all together so well. Definitely moving on to book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

It’s alright

Positive: believable, easy to follow, many technological details I liked.
Negative: USA- and macho- centric.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-22

Loved it

A great explanation for the bible, believable for an athiest. Im reading the whole series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-22

Free but still not worth it.

I like SF, and will listen to anything but this isn't very good. Narration, story and characters are really bad.

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  • Flint
  • 07-18-22

Written by a person with the emotional maturity of a teenage boy

Some interesting plot points and human-alien story, but I had to stop listening because every character is like a cartoon - gender stereotypes were so boring and conservative that the characters might have been written in the 1950s by a kid who wants to be a heroic Marine once he (and it’s definitely a ‘he’ … no female would write such idiotic cardboard characters) graduate from college

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-22

Couldnt finish

The story and ideas are awesome, loved all the concepts. I got bored and frustrated at the way all women are portrayed as sexual objects. The plot while interesting is overexplained. Some really good stuff here though i couldnt get through it

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  • Craig
  • 04-06-22

Very complicated

This story has a very complex and well imagined back story. It is part philosophy and panspermia.
You may find you will stop to absorb the narrative but you will keep going to the end.