• First Contact: Escape to 55 Cancri

  • By: Kenneth E. Ingle
  • Narrated by: Gene Eugene
  • Series: Contact, Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-27-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books in Motion
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a lab experiment results in a group of scientists gaining extremely long life, they realize that if they stay on Earth, they'll soon become lab specimens. To escape this, they decide to travel to the stars. Unfortunately, the stars are already occupied.
©2009 Kenneth E. Ingle (P)2010 Books In Motion
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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Parkes on 07-04-10

interesting concept

Definitely more intellectual than exciting. I don't mind intellectual writing,but prefer it in equal measures of excitement and either comedy or wit.
I was led on by the hope that it got better, only to find disappointment in the end.

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3 out of 5 stars
By S. Faulkner on 06-04-10

Pretty good but lacking in some areas

Overall, a decent SF storyline. I wish the author could have developed the character of Michael more. He's introduced as having better than normal strategic and tactical skills but later in the book, when conflict erupts, he's nowhere to be found. I agree with an earlier reviewer that the book lacks science and details surrounding the technology and engineering used. But I enjoyed it none the less.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 06-21-10

Political agenda

On the plus side, the reader had a warm narrative voice and good characterisation.

On the minus side, the writing is very much low space opera and it appears that the only good aliens are subserviant to humans or dead. A group of highly intelligent scientists who claim to be opposed to war attack every alien that they can find, sometimes even before identifying the species. Anyone who doesn't agree with this policy is considered a traitor and must be killed.

This book follows the Ronald Reagan school of interspecies co-operation. This feels like the author's position rather than that of the characters. If that is what you like then you will probably like the approach in this book. If not then maybe another title would be better for you. For my money, this was a poor choice both because of the agenda and indifferent writing.

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