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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 03-24-18

There is discord ahead

This series has me intrigued. It’s a fresh look at humans encountering alien life. These other “people” are intelligent, have a well ordered society and good values. Oh, and they have wings! One of them telepathically warns the humans traveling on a Colony ship that they are going to miss their intended destination- Mars. We learn there is a connection between the two species and I look forward to reading more about this development.
I enjoyed that the people who live on Tantalus are so welcoming to the newcomers. The humans bring old prejudices long though overcome. The people on Tantalus are not free from their own discord. What will happen as the two species attempt to share this world?
The book ends with a definite lead up to the next book.

A bit more time is spent describing the sex scenes than I’d prefer, kinda along the lines of a tastefully done romance novel but not overly erotic (and I do not like romance novels). Its easy to skip these parts and move on to real story if you choose.
There is no excessive violence or swearing.

I have listened to Brian read the series “The Adventures of Jason Lex” and he again puts forth an excellent narration here. He brings the correct amount of expression to the story, portrays males and females well, and brings out their personalities. I would happily listen to another story read by him.

I have not read/ listened to a book by this author before, but would gladly do so again.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Belinda on 03-19-18

so awesome

I loved the ebook and I love the audio. Brian Callanan was just fabulous at bringing M.A. Abraham characters to life. It was like I never read it before. Listening to First Contact was like I was brand new to the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 02-27-18

An interesting new series with lots of potential

I like the premise of us expanding to the stars and also that we find somewhere that we were not aware of. The Alien race (although we will be the aliens as we are going to another planet) were also really interesting. I like the hints of a much older expansion amongst the stars.
The two story lines coming together is a really great way of getting the background for future books and was really interesting.
I really enjoyed it.

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rob Cooke on 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.

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