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4.5 out of 5 stars
I love a good novella and I honestly like a good prequel too. I haven’t read the full story that is supposed to be after this, but as any good prequel should do, I’m hooked. Dean M. Cole has me hook, line, and sinker in his other series Solitude — but now he’s going to have me in two different series? How is that fair!?
I said it in my review of Solitude, Cole knows how to write and Sector 64: First Contact was no different. The main character was both likable in a Tom Cruise in Top Gun kind of way, and also in a really relatable kind of way too. He just seemed a lot like (a military version of the) “every man”.
First Contact is just that — a novel about first contact, but it felt like it was a little different. Sure there are some of the same “learn the language” and similar first contact-y type storylines in this, but because it’s such a short novella Cole didn’t have a ton of time to mess around with all the typical niceties. And sometimes you feel like you’re missing something from a story that’s shorter like this. First Contact doesn’t feel like it’s missing anything. I cannot wait to dig more into this series.
RC Bray could narrate anything and I would listen to it. He has such a great voice, especially for science fiction novels like this one. Bray is easily one of the best in the business and makes any book he adds his sultry voice to better.
I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
So, I am not too sure if I did this backwards or not but this was my first adventure into the Sector 64 series and oh my goodness I have been missing out. This one had me from the first sentence and never let me go. I flew through it and it just flowed so nicely I just wanted more and more. It has a main character that you just love from the start despite his past and flaws. The story visits every single place in the Southwest USA that I want to visit. As a lover of all things conspiracy this fit nicely into that genre. This story will keep you on your toes and has a fresh approach to a genre that has a lot of titles to offer. The author, Dean M Cole does a great job of taking me to that time period with his scene descriptions and unique methods while introducing some new age tech. What more can you really say about RC Brey's performance. The man rocks it again and it is just what you come to expect from him. Definitely a must listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
When I first started listening to this it made me think there was nothing new to be found here but I was pleasantly surprised. What you get here is an interesting beginning to events what starts off as a standard issue Roswell like alien encounter story becomes a well written and tense at times introduction to this setting. A post-WWII alt history with added aliens and action
The characters seem well written their reactions seem believable and consistent with their personalities.
In the short time we get with them I find myself wanting to learn more about them and what happens next. I will definitely pick up the other books in this series to find out. The character reactions seem believable and consistent with their personalities.
The narration is good, easy to listen to and clear and helps with the keeping things tense and the listen invested in the story. Each character has a unique sound which helps keep things clear.
My one problem with this book is how short it is, but if this is a typical example of Dean M. Cole’s writing and R. C. Bray narration I would happily listen to more books by this pair.
This is a good but short story and would recommend listening to it.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Any additional comments?
There is a feel of authenticity to Dean Cole's prequel to the two part Sector 64 series that had me reaching for the Audible 'purchase' button to get the omnibus edition as soon as I had finished listening. As indicated in the title, this book is a first contact story, set in the latter part of the 1940s, two years after the first nuclear detonation. An alternative history, it focuses on the flight of Tony, a pilot whose recent loss has left him almost inconsolable, and his experiences at that eventful time.
Read by R.C.Dean, the story comes alive, his slightly gravelly voice capturing Tony's personality, his incredulity at what was happening to and around him, and recording the unfolding events almost like a documentary. Excellently done.
If the remainder of this series lives up to the promise of this shorter prequel, this will be a series to enjoy. Watch this space (ha, ha!)