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The Slaver Wars: Alien Contact (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Raymond L. Weil , Frank MacDonald
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The United Federation of Worlds thought they were alone in the galaxy. But now an alien spacecraft has appeared over one of their mining operations. The frightened miners call for help to deal with this first contact situation.

Admiral Streth is sent to defuse the situation and discover what the aliens want. The aliens are called Hocklyns, and they claim to come from a trading federation. In truth, they come from and empire that conquers worlds for slaves and they have set their sights on the human worlds as their next conquest.

Biographie de l'auteur

I live in Clinton Oklahoma with my wife of 39 years and our cats. I attended college at SWOSU in Weatherford Oklahoma, majoring in Math with minors in Creative Writing and History. My hobbies include watching soccer, reading, camping, and of course writing. I coached youth soccer for twelve years before moving on and becoming a high school soccer coach for thirteen more. I also enjoy playing with my grandchildren. I am an avid reader and have a science fiction / fantasy collection of over two thousand paperbacks. I want future generations to know the experiance of reading a good book, as I have over the last forty years. I also have a very vivid imagination, which sometimes worries my friends. They never know what I am going to say or what I am going to do.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2051 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 273 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1484976290
  • Editeur : Raymond L. Weil; Édition : 3 (5 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CEQ9KB8
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Bon début 18 novembre 2014
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bonne histoire, un bon début une belle série prenante malgré quelque incohérences.
Les scènes de combat deviennent un peu longues à la fin et se ressemblent un peu trop
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely phenomenal space opera! 3 mai 2013
Par Bruce Barker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
No, I am not a shill, relative, or in any way acquainted with the author. This is an honest review from someone that's actually read the book.

There is a lot of indie junk floating around pretending to be decent reading ever since virtually anyone that wants to can publish themselves for the Kindle and try to make a buck. I've read some truly atrocious drek in the past couple of years. So why do I keep reading the cheapo indie publications? Well, first because despite the fact that it costs almost nothing to produce an ebook, old-school publishers still think they're doing us a favor by selling books that have been around for decades at the Kindle "bargain price" of $10 - $15. This truly ticks me off. Why should I pay more for an electronic copy of "The Stand" than the original hard-cover copy cost me when I bought it in the 1970's? I don't practice greed and I refuse to encourage those that do. Call it a pet peeve but it's the exact same reason I refuse to cough up over $150 to buy 3 seasons of an almost 50-year old Star Trek from Paramount. Between syndication, VHS, cable and international sales, merchandising profits, DVD, and Lord only knows what else, haven't they made enough that they could be a bit more reasonable with the Blu-Ray releases? Of course they can.

Just give me a second to step down from my soapbox. Sorry...

Anyway, the second reason I read indie authors is because every once in a while I run across a Hugh Howey (Wool) or an Anthony Bellaleigh (Firebird) or Ian Robb White (ASBO, Sam, et al) and discover a truly gifted writer. When that happens I get all kinds of excited. Well, add Raymond L Weil to the list. Add him pretty close to the top, too!. I started out by reading the three short novellas that set up the Slaver Wars. At the conclusion, a trilogy of full-length novels was promised. Luckily for me, I finished up the trilogy the day after "Alien Contact" was released. I knew the author had a couple of other series in progress, but I didn't want to pick them up until I saw what he could do with a full-sized continuation of the fascinating premise presented in the first "Slaver Wars" novellas.

Wow. No joke. Wow. I tore through the book in just over a day. Then I went back and read it again, intending to take my time and savor it slowly as the story unfolded. Not a chance. I ripped through the second read in less time than it took to read it the first time. Good science fiction is horribly rare unless you go back to the Golden Age authors like Asimov, Clarke, and so forth. This book stands with the absolute best galactic sci-fi I have ever read. No spoilers here, just praise for an author that seems to be getting better each time he sits down at the keys. As soon as I'm done with this review I'll be lining Mr. Weil's pocket a bit more by purchasing his other available titles. I don't know how much better this guy can get, but if "Alien Contact" is his peak and everything else he writes in the future is only "somewhat as good" he'll still merely be the best sci-fi writer I've read in decades. I'm nearing the age of 60 and grew up reading what are remembered as the all-time greats. Multiple Hugo and Nebula award winners line my bookshelves. If Mr. Weil doesn't get a Hugo nod for this book I will be absolutely stunned.

Yeah, it's that good. This is one that would be worthy of a price tag at least double what he's asking. Buy it quickly before he comes to his senses!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun read...BUT 7 mai 2013
Par Victor L - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I could definitely say the book is a fun read, and if you're not looking to hard in to a lot of the concepts it is worth buying. If that's all you're looking for then stop reading this review and buy it. I read a massive amount of science fiction books (about 4-5 a week) and I am a bit critical, so if you read keep that in mind (i.e. your might not see it in such a bad light).

Even with what I'm about to say below, I'll probably end up finishing the series.

The one things that bugs me about this book is the author's obvious ignorance of space in general, the current state of weapons technology, and the possible future state of weapons technology. For example, a 100km range on a new laser in this book is considered an "Astonishing Range!" while the Boeing YAL-1 already developed and scrapped had a 300km-600km range with it's anti missile lasers; also stating that planetary based lasers have further range makes me shake my head as there's an obvious lacking of an understanding in attenuation. Another thing that got me is when these space ships were armed with "new" nuclear weapons that are 10 kilotons each (Astonishing Destructive Power!), I shook my head again. Space is big, these nuclear warheads are tiny. It's more Star Trek-y in that "don't think about this too hard because it really makes absolutely no sense, and if you really dig in to it you will break your neck shaking your head in disgust."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightfully entertaining 1 mai 2013
Par J.Z. Watkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
From beginning to end it held my attention with a spirit of both action and family. The latter surprised me, and pulled me in further by presenting a side to the soldiers that let one see they have something to fight for. Its not just something stated or a motto spoken. Getting to read the care brothers had for each other, or with one daughter of her parents and how much she went through to make sure they were safe. It added a tension to the story that could have just been another military scifi slugfest. If the protagonist lose, the price isn't just a statement, its something this reader could feel. Failure is a price these characters do not want to pay.

It was a wonderful build up, with a start that uses the flashback to months earlier well. In fact, unlike other times with other authors, I wasn't in a hurry to get back to 'present time'. I had become so caught up with the characters and their situations that it was only a distant part of me that recalled all of this had already happened, and we're just catching up to where our heroes already are.

A fan of AI characters, I was pleasantly surprised with the inclusion of them, and how well used they were. More often than not, such character in a military setting are just glorified damage control reporters, letting the CO know the status of their ship. Here they get involved, yet not overpowering either. It was a good balance achieved.

The biggest surprise to me was the regret that this was Moon Wreck's past. Some of the characters, so far, just won't be back for more stories because its centuries after this book. I almost wished we could have just gone on with these characters to further tell the story of the fight with the Slaver Wars. Fortunately we do get to go with some of the characters and I look forward to the author continuing his series, where ever he takes it.
13 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story premise and good action. (Exploration, Alien history lessons, AI technolgy, Space romance, and Marine strategy) 4 mai 2013
Par david willis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Read sci-fi action in 200 Kindle titles over the last year and a half, with some great themes and plots, serial follow-ups and hero characters. I have to say this is fresh piece of work, and really would like to see the author flesh out and finish what he started in themes, action, characters, military space engagements, and of course romantic entanglements. I mean the future of Earth depends on it!!!!! 5 Stars. 2 or 3 more titles in this (series???) please.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 getting tiresome 24 février 2014
Par Larry Voyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've read all he books in this series; hoping they would get better. The space opera plot was enough to keep going in order to find out what was going to happen next.

To me, it now seems that this is close to juvenile fiction. While Weil tries to add debt to his characters, he gets pretty tiresome with the same family, ancestry, friend and honor lines over and over and over again. Uncreative page fillers to try to break the military plot. These things are necessary to create character and situation debt; but Weil doesn't take it past a few ideas stated over and over.

I find too little thought and consideration to the science of what could be practical in the future and "how". Here you have to suspend belief; accepting that many thousands of advanced tech ships up to a mile long and the facilities to build them can be built in a couple hundred years.

The human and alien ship classifications both fall into current naval classifications/nomenclature. After authors like Clement, Forward, Baxter etc. the aliens and their worlds seem like just human variants. A culture, based on honor repeatedly stated, and occupying almost 1/4 of the universe which acts and behaves like a human society based on honor is one of those things with which you have to live. We also have a race of bears and what looks like cats. But we enjoyed Star Wars...and it was the same! But our sci-fi standards were different then.

And don't get me started on the two artificial intelligence (AI) women who worry about their appearance and breast size and repeat over and over how much they like their 5 human friends. As a software engineer with machine intelligence and programming experience, I find Ariel & Clarissa unbelievable; if not laughable. Self awareness is possible but emotions are tied heavily to our physical and hormonal makeup. The anthromorphized feeling attributed to Ariel & Clarissa stretched my believability. This could have been handled so much better considering so much publicly available technical material as well as decent AI fiction.

It all too pat. It's a fast read because I found myself skimming over the above shallowness, technical magic and lack of depth when encountered. To those with less of a "hard sci-fi" bent, you will enjoy this "Star Wars" type book.
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