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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn't expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don't live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

"Welcome to Tantalus."

©2014 Mary Ann Abraham (P)2018 Mary Ann Abraham

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  • seelk
  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-31-18

I want to go to Tantalus

Tantalus is an exciting new world from one of my fave author, filled with suspense, space travel, witch hunters, landing on an unknown planet and meeting the indigenous species, add a dash or ten of romance. Loved this scifi story, Michael and Karia are well matched and their joining is explosive. Again, I am amazed of the easy way Ms. Abraham pulled me into the story and kept my attention, the way the parallel story of the Earth spaceship's journey on the way to Mars is woven with the happenings on Tantalus!

Mr. Callanan really brought the story to life with passion, giving the many characters their own voice and making this an excellent listening experience. He is becoming one of my fave voices to listen to. Looking forward to listening to the next one.

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  • laura
  • Conroe, TX, United States
  • 01-30-18

Great storyline and narration!

I love this book! I don't normally read sci-fi but am glad I gave it a chance. First Contact was well-written, has a great storyline and is very descriptive. I could easily picture the spaceship, world, and it's inhabitants in my head. Brian Callanan did an excellent job at narration. He has a great voice, was easily understood, and kept my attention. Overall a perfect for this book. I can't wait for the next to come out on audible!

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Fun story, well read

This was a very enjoyable book, well worth the time spent. Different than a lot of the first contact story’s you read, there is only one villain and everyone else wants to get along.there are moments that I was saying to myself “that’s pretty far fetched” but it’s not very often so I just moved on. I will be buying the next book and I don’t do that a lot, so yes I really liked the book. One thing to note, the book talks about sex quite a bit but it is pertinent to the story.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Great fantasy aliens, romance, action, and more!

First Contact
Tantalus, Book 1
By: M.A. Abraham
Narrated by: Brian Callanan
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I really enjoyed this book! It has two stories going on at one time. One story is of the ship and occupants traveling to Mars, but they end up missing Mars and find a planet that is hidden somehow magically behind Mars. There is murders and intrigue going on during the trip on the ship. The other story is on the Planet Tantalus where the ship is heading to. There is just as much trouble is happening there. Great suspense, fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, well developed characters, and world building. Loved the plot development and how the two stories weave together.
The narrator was wonderful at building emotions, suspense, romance, and perfect for all kinds of voices. Enjoyed it as if I was watching a movie! Loved it! Can't wait to follow up with book 2!

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Slow starter

I was a little worried at the beginning of this one, because it started a little slow for me. All of the characters were very likable. It picked up after about the first hour and got interesting. This being book 1, it has the potential to be a good series.

The narrator, Brian Callanan was easy to listen to. This was my first time listening to him. Overall I would give the story 3.5. A good start to a series that could be great. J.

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Review First Contact: Tantalus Book 1

The story by M.A.Abraham and performed by Brian Callanan is very captivating. The space exploration, and the suspense of unknown attacking within the ship are compounded by the appearance of the unknown, an alien race with beautiful men and women. Love scenes, of course materialize. The psychic abilities that are revealed add more to the great work. A good listen.

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First Contact: Tantalus

Consider me pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I loved the little twist. The narrator did a wonderful job with all of the characters. I received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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a very good one

what would have happened if we as humans habitat on an order lend ?
the book is very very interesting the situation is so well described and so vivid that you can see any fraction and scene in your head the story is good this is it nothing else should be said

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pretty good

The story is interesting. It brings 2 cultures crashing in together well. I like the parallels of two couples each from a different society heading to unknown future, just have 2 issues with the story. The only problem I have is the dialogue sounds stilted and formal. Its like everyone talks like a robot in the future. The other issue is I wish more info on the tech since unsure how to societies compare on power scale. Still I like the story.

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First Contact

Listening to First Contact was a nice way to spend a day. The story was enjoyable and the narrator was fantastic. He has such a soothing voice that I could listen to him read just about anything. I am voluntarily reviewing a free copy of this book.

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  • Rob Cooke
  • 02-13-18

Sci fi with heavy romance/passion tones.

This book was given to me free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This book is a good story with plenty of character development and progression. You feel connected and involved with the characters.
The story moves along well without any slow sections. Even has a few twists you don't expect.

The narration is immersive and well defined with each character being unique enough that you can always distinguish between them.

However in my opinion it has heavy romance/passion that is integral to the story. This neither detracts from the story nor the experience however it was a little more than I was expecting.

Overall a good story but for me it was more romance than science fiction. I am sure that the series will be as well developed and executed as the first book.