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Contact Imminent
     

Contact Imminent

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by Kristine Smith
 

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Human-idomeni relations. Never smooth. Worsening by the day.

Then a live Service landmine is discovered on the grounds of the Haárin enclave near Chicago. The attempted removal goes horribly wrong, and the fallout threatens not only the fragile peace, but the life of Tsecha, Jani Kilian's idomeni friend and mentor.

In the midst of this chaos, Jani comes to

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Human-idomeni relations. Never smooth. Worsening by the day.

Then a live Service landmine is discovered on the grounds of the Haárin enclave near Chicago. The attempted removal goes horribly wrong, and the fallout threatens not only the fragile peace, but the life of Tsecha, Jani Kilian's idomeni friend and mentor.

In the midst of this chaos, Jani comes to possess a startling object, a holo of a young man whose face unnerves her. Determined to uncover the truth behind the image, she also fears what it could be. A sign of hope...or the tipping point to war?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611386127
Publisher:
Bookview Cafe
Publication date:
06/23/2016
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Kristine Smith is the author of the Jani Kilian series and other science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories under her own name. As Alex Gordon, she has written the supernatural thrillers Gideon and Jericho. Her fiction has been nominated for the Locus Award for First Novel, Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and the IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, and she was the 2001 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she spent 26 years working in pharmaceutical product R&D. She was born in the Northeast, grew up in the South, and currently lives in the Midwest. Find out more at her website: www.kristine-smith.com

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Contact Imminent (Jani Kilian Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Schez More than 1 year ago
I would love to see this book published in ebook format again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jani is the first genetically engineered human-idomeni hybrid. Humans and idomeni do not have idyllic relations and Jani is not completely trusted on either side. She does serve as a bridge for communications. Contact Imminent begins with an attempted mine disposal on the grounds of the idomeni enclave near Chicago. The deaths resulting from the explosion of the mine increase the tension between the two races. Xenophobic zealots on both sides are plotting death and destruction. Tsecha, Jani's idomeni dominant, asks her to travel to the planet Elyas in his place to try to stave off a potential civil war among the idomeni. She travels with Niall Pierce, a Service officer, and John Shroud, the doctor who saved her life by making her a hybrid. Before they leave, they discover the possibility that there might be another hybrid on Elyas. Upon arrival, Jani is thrust into the middle of the leadership crisis and the related existence of an entire enclave of hybrids. Jani must remain independent of the two factions and act quickly to keep peace among the idomeni. In the meantime, Jani's friend Lucien remains on Earth to investigate the mine explosion. In the process, he finds a human plot to attack the embassy in order to drive the idomeni out of human space. While trying to warn the embassy about the attack, he is challenged to a duel by the hostile idomeni Ghos. Jani and Niall have to race back to Earth, hopefully in time for the duel and the attack. Kristine Smith does and excellent job presenting a complex and well-realized alien culture, complete with religion and politics. Jani is a very strong character who is struggling with her identity as a hybrid. Smith gives us a good view of Jani's internal turmoil as she deals with her human and idomeni relationships. The supporting cast is fairly well developed, although without reading the previous novels, their motivations aren't always clear. Contact Imminent is the fourth novel in the Jani Kilian series. It can be read stand-alone, but the start can seem a little slow as you figure out the back-story from clues. Once you get settled in and comfortable with the setting, the story takes off and it's hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is such a large universe that the sentient races should co-exist peacefully but that is not the case. Although humans and idomeni have enclaves on each other¿s home worlds there is little trust between the races and much fear. Jani Killian is, thanks to a medical practitioner that saved her life, a hybrid, part humanoid and part idomeni. She has one foot in each world but the humans fear her for what she has become and what it could mean to the human race........................................ Even though it is treason, zealots, who hate the Idomeni and want them to leave human space, are using violent means to start a war. Some factions of the Idomeni want to use Jan to further their own agenda but the hybrid is a strong-willed independent thinker who will use whatever means at her disposal to make certain that there will be peace between the two races.................................... Kristine Smith knows how to tell a fascinating story about two races in conflict with each other because each is xenophobic. The heroine is a master of diplomacy who wants the best for two races and favors neither when it involves xenophobic plots and politics. The culture of the Idomeni is complex and alien but not dangerous to humans unless they provoke them. CONTACT IMMINENT is a stellar example of excellent space opera............................... Harriet Klausner