Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Battleground-Terry A. Adams


Terry A. Adams

DAW, Oct 1 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780756409326

Planet D’neera was colonized by mutated humans as a haven from racism. Telepaths, recently the populace has become accepted by other human races enabling those like Lady H’ana ril-Koroth, using the name Hanna Bassiano, to explore other planets and people (see Sentience).

An expert on first contact (see The Master of Chaos), Hanna travels on the alien ship Endeavor Three with a mission to reverse engineer a trek by aliens from a planet dubbed “Battleground” contacting humans on New Earth over two centuries ago. Using her telepath skills, Hanna mentally reaches out in space only her first contact communication frightens her as the species is shark-like feral.

This sequel to The D'neeran Factor omnibus reprint of Sentience and The Master of Chaos is an exciting science fiction. The engaging storyline focuses on first-contact specialist Hanna who at times frustrates readers as she has become a prima donna leading to errors that should have been avoided if she heeded the thoughts of xeno-specialists; my late mother-in-law would have said to Hanna: “you think you’re so smart, you dope”. Still readers who appreciate a solid first contact thriller will want to read Terry A. Adams’s entertaining outer space saga.

Harriet Klausner

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