Frontier Earth

Frontier Earth

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by Bruce Boxleitner
     
 

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In Tombstone, 1881, there's many a person without a past. A man's business is his own, and folks don't ask a lot of questions. But Macklin is a man with no memory - and what he doesn't remember could kill him. For he is not of this world.... "A native of a distant planet, Macklin has been sent to Earth to warn humanity of a coming invasion. He's landed in the harsh… See more details below

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In Tombstone, 1881, there's many a person without a past. A man's business is his own, and folks don't ask a lot of questions. But Macklin is a man with no memory - and what he doesn't remember could kill him. For he is not of this world.... "A native of a distant planet, Macklin has been sent to Earth to warn humanity of a coming invasion. He's landed in the harsh territories of Arizona, and a terrible battle between the Earps and Clantons is about to erupt at the OK Corral. He's also been followed - by two bounty hunters determined to kill him. As Macklin struggles to make sense of this new frontier, brief visions haunt his memory - flashes of death and destruction under a sky filled with strange stars. His attempts to remember who he is and where he comes from grow more and more desperate - because only in his past can Macklin find the key to stopping Earth's destruction.

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VOYA
Macklin, if that is indeed his name, is a man without a memory sent to save Earth from ruin by alien forces. After the destruction of his ship, he has crashed in Arizona Territory near lawless Tombstone just as the blood feud between the Earps and the Clantons is about to culminate in the showdown at the O. K. Corral. Caught in the power struggle between these rival gangs, Macklin also is threatened by even more dangerous enemies. He is hunted by two members of Kra'agh, the alien race, the horrific Deathstalker and Painspinner, sent to stop Macklin's mission to save Earth. On the personal level, Macklin is also caught between two women, plucky Sarah Nevers, who helps him cope with life and the frontier, and beautiful Doris, who claims him as lover and partner. Actor Boxleitner, of the television series Babylon 5, has written a gripping pageturner, with welldrawn, believable characters and suitably creepy aliens. The novel is well paced, with delightful flashes of humor revealing Macklin as the ultimate greenhorn, alternating with chilling vignettes of the Kra'agh hunters encountering the humans and horses of the Old West. Recommend this title to older teens who enjoy alternate history science fiction. It also might appeal to horror and thriller fans. The ending of the novel suggests that the author plans a sequel. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 1999, Ace, Ages 16 to Adult, 122p, $21.95. Reviewer: Jamie S. Hansen
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Advanced space-humans and alien invaders go head-to-head in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. (western fans will exclaim, Aha!) Macklin and Doris are descendants of the lost Roanoke colony, some of whom were rescued and taken into space by benevolent aliens of the multispecies Associative. As Monitors, they keep an eye on Earth, but when the predatory alien Kra'agh attack their ship, they crash, separately, on Earth. His memory lost, Macklin wanders into Tombstone, where he finds a room at the boardinghouse of kindly and attractive widow Sarah Nevers. Inevitably, he gets mixed up with the Earp brothers and their allies. Meanwhile, the two ghastly Kra'agh hunters (they can eat terrestrial life-forms and feed on pain and fear) kill some humans, absorb the contents of their brains, disguise themselves with projected illusions, and creep in pursuit. Naturally, they side with the Clanton gang. Doris finally catches up with Macklin and helps him remember what's going on, but his intelligent Companion is damaged and requires rare elements for repair. The Kra'agh, however, have destroyed the Monitors' Moon base and are poised to invade Earth. They try to trap Macklin at the OK Corral, playing their part in the historic shootout, then attack the boardinghouse and grab Sarah. Doris will attempt to rendezvous with an emergency pickup craft, while Macklin follows poor Sarah. First-novelist/actor Boxleitner (the Babylon 5 series, etc.) gives this oft-exploited scenario an organized, crisply delivered, and well-informed workout. Expect sequels.

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ISBN-13:
9780441007943
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.54(d)

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