Human by Choice

Human by Choice

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by Travis S. Taylor, Darrell Bain
     
 

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Best-selling science fiction print author Travis S. "Doc Travis" Taylor and best-selling eBook author Darrell Bain have combined talents to produce a new science fiction thriller. Several alien lifeboats make it to earth in widely separated spots after their interstellar spaceship malfunctions. One of the aliens comes down near the home of Kyle Leverson, a former army

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Best-selling science fiction print author Travis S. "Doc Travis" Taylor and best-selling eBook author Darrell Bain have combined talents to produce a new science fiction thriller. Several alien lifeboats make it to earth in widely separated spots after their interstellar spaceship malfunctions. One of the aliens comes down near the home of Kyle Leverson, a former army intelligence officer and now a widowed science journalist. The aliens think they can never go home but they are able to convert their bodies into duplicates of human beings over a period of time. Kyle helps the alien during the process as it becomes a human female, yet retains its previous knowledge and abilities, including a powerful perceptive sense unlike anything known to humans. What Kyle doesn't realize is that the alien intends to become a human female in every aspect, with him as the teacher. How does one instruct an alien from a wildly different culture in every characteristic of human behavior, including sex? It's a chore far harder than Kyle Leverson ever imagined, especially since he and his alien guest have to contend with the other aliens, who are being instructed (or in a couple of cases, captured and abused) by different groups of people in several other nations. Their outlook on what it means to be human is different from Kyle's and the results will be evident when the aliens have to fight each other, even though they've never done such things before. Fortunately for Kyle, his alien is a fast learner. But it also becomes such a compatible and beautiful human female that he finds himself falling in love. A truly thoughtful and sophisticated science fiction novel, by Travis S. Taylor, the author of Warp Speed, The Quantum Connection and Von Neuman's War> (in collaboration with John Ringo) and Darrell Bain, the multiple award winning author of The Sex Gates, Alien Infection, Strange Valley and Savage Survival.

Editorial Reviews

author of Gaea - Robina Williams
Human by Choice is, quite simply, one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Authors Travis S. Taylor and Darrell Bain have written a terrific tale. The story moves along at a cracking pace, and the suspense doesn't let up from the first page to the last. The plot is ingeniously constructed--built on a clever idea that is then carefully and sympathetically developed, with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing right up to the end of the book...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000134528
Publisher:
Twilight Times Books
Publication date:
04/05/2008
Series:
Cresperian , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
213,009
File size:
696 KB

Meet the Author

Travis S. Taylor -- "Doc" Taylor to his friends -- has earned his soubriquet the hard way: he has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master's degree in Physics, a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also has a Master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts.

In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, races mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives with his wife Karen, daughter Kalista Jade, two dogs Stevie and Wesker, and his cat Kuro, in north Alabama.


Darrell is the author of about two dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction to non-fiction and a few humorous works which are sort of fictional non-fiction, if that makes any sense. He has even written for children. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction, both short fiction, non-fiction (sort of) and novels. He is currently writing the fourth novel in the series begun with Medics Wild.

Darrell served thirteen years in the military and his two stints in Vietnam formed the basis for his first published novel, Medics Wild. Darrell has been writing off and on all his life but really got serious about it only after the advent of computers. He purchased his first one in 1989 and has been writing furiously ever since.

While Darrell was working as a lab manager at a hospital in Texas, he met his wife Betty. He trapped her under a mistletoe sprig and they were married a year later. Darrell and Betty own and operate a Christmas tree farm in East Texas which has become the subject and backdrop for many of his humorous stories and books.

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Human by Choice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Due to a combat injury, Intel officer Kyle Leverson retired from the Army. Now a widower, he moved to a remote place in the Ozarks. When he hears a loud crash outside his home, he goes to investigate. In the middle of his garden, lies astonishingly an injured ET. Apparently the alien was hurt during a crash landing when the life pod transporting him burned up during atmospheric entry. Although hesitant, Kyle takes the wounded space traveler into his home where he tries to nurture the alien. The visitor from another planet has no chance of going home. She hopes with Kyle's mentoring and her technology to be assimilated in the Arkansas culture as a human female, Jeri. However, as she adapts, enemies want her technology and have come to the Ozarks to abduct Jeri. Kyle refuses to allow any harm come to his beloved Human by Choice. This is a super science fiction romance starring a wonderful hero and an intrepid alien who is the ultimate assimilated person. The story line is faster than the vessel Jeri flew in as the action never slows down yet the two key players the human and the alien are fully developed. Although the American government is too altruistic as the corpocracy would want the technology as much as the foreign interests crave it as economic espionage between allies is the norm, fans will appreciate this fine thriller. Harriet Klausner
Traction_Bob More than 1 year ago
I liked the book overall. The authors had a good handle on military jargon, which helped with my suspension of disbelief. The science isn't overbearing, but it's there enough to make for interesting reading. The authors' conception of a race so advanced but still conceivable by human beings is interesting, when generally aliens are rigidly within the three categories: primitive;just a little more advanced than human beings;so advanced that humanity has nothing in common with them. They're not flawless, and their not demons. That's reasonable. What I didn't like was the perfection of the protagonist, and the fairy tale nature of his relationship with Jeri (Ryan? No, of course not. That would be silly). An alien lands on his doorstep, he rescues her, and she falls in love with him and changes into the woman of his dreams. The details of their relationship are interesting to read and tantalizing, but the coincidence of it all seems rather trite. Still, it's fantasy and I've read worse romance novels. Kyle is a hero/Renaissance man even before the arrival of his alien lover, hurt only because he cares too much. This impossibly flawlessness makes a cardboard cutout of what could have been a much more interesting and dynamic character. Wow, that's a lot of complaining for a book I liked, isn't it? I only gripe because otherwise I had a good time reading it. Overall, a good, light science fiction read with a little bit of appropriate sensuality. The authors need work on adding flaws to their good guys and humanity to their bad guys, but it was a good read just the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad to see some real science fiction being written for adults. After the demise of the staple science fiction writers, I could find noone to fill the gap. Good story line and command of the language.
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