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?
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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.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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The story wasn't bad but there's a lot of jumping from character to character and the narrator doesn't do well enough in making distinctions between the voices of each one. It's very easy to get confused as to which character you're dealing with. There were several times I had to listen to a chapter over because I had not heard the name of the character in the beginning of the chapter and thought I was still on the previous one. The ending is appalling. It's like the ending of Lost or the Sopranos where almost no thought went into it and they just said "eff it, I'm just going to end it". It literally just stops, almost mid sentence, without any closure, no conclusion, not even a freakin cliffhanger. The more I think about it, the more it pisses me off. The author spent way too much time in the beginning talking about completely insignificant things and obviously went out of his way to build up a chapter then leave it hang and begin another chapter. The problem is that when he picked up that topic again, it wasn't clarified or explained, he went into yet more beating around the bush to try and build suspense and would leave you hanging again. It was really annoying.