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Leonard Nimoy's Primortals: Target Earth

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Overview

Sixty-five million years ago, aliens rescued a handful of promising species from doomed Jurassic Earth. They let them survive on new worlds and evolve into beings and civilizations far older, far wiser - and sometimes far deadlier - than anything we can imagine. Today, one of Earth's lost descendants is coming home... Grad student Stewart Davies, working at a minor SETI listening post on Long Island, is the first to intercept the signal. It is not a hoax or an accidental burst of radiation. It reads: "I am Zeerus of Achernar Three....We have much to discuss." Those words will transform the lives of Stewart Davies and his girlfriend, Jess Rossini; of Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Larry Hightower and White House Chief of Staff Laurie Sherman; of NSA specialist Maj. Steve Hayes; and of Jake Holcroft, an eleven-year-old genius on the run from his fanatic father's underground militia. For the signal hasn't come across billions of light years. A starship, carrying one alien, has entered the solar system, approaching Earth. And every old movie and TV show has suddenly become terribly real.

A New York Times bestselling author turns actor Leonard Nimoy's popular comic book series, The Primortals, into a smashing new novel. Many eons ago, an alien race removed the most promising indigenous species from Earth to save them from extinction. Now, millennia later, these creatures are retuning to their home planet--ready to claim what is theirs. 304 pp. Print & online ads. National publicity. 35,000 print.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Are there any Star Trek luminaries left who don't have their names on a novel? Here it's Nimoy's turn, but to his credit he doesn't claim authorship of this slight but generally satisfying yarn by Perry (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire), which kicks off a series elaborating concepts developed by Isaac Asimov. This volume is all prologue, from the initial interception of an alien radio signal to the landing on Earth of the alien Zeerus, who tries to trick humanity into fighting his enemies back on their planet. What interest there is arises primarily from some engaging characters, including the SETI scientists who first receive the signal, an 11-year-old computer hacker with a militarist-survivalist father, and a pair of lovers whose jobs are, respectively, as the U.S. president's chief of staff and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. The SF background-the aliens evolved from dinosaurs rescued from Earth-is promising but underdeveloped; but with Mr. Spock's name on its cover, the novel, and its sequels, will probably blast off anyway.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Are there any Star Trek luminaries left who don't have their names on a novel? Here it's Nimoy's turn, but to his credit he doesn't claim authorship of this slight but generally satisfying yarn by Perry (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire), which kicks off a series elaborating concepts developed by Isaac Asimov. This volume is all prologue, from the initial interception of an alien radio signal to the landing on Earth of the alien Zeerus, who tries to trick humanity into fighting his enemies back on their planet. What interest there is arises primarily from some engaging characters, including the SETI scientists who first receive the signal, an 11-year-old computer hacker with a militarist-survivalist father, and a pair of lovers whose jobs are, respectively, as the U.S. president's chief of staff and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. The SF backgroundthe aliens evolved from dinosaurs rescued from Earthis promising but underdeveloped; but with Mr. Spock's name on its cover, the novel, and its sequels, will probably blast off anyway. (Apr.)
VOYA - John O. Christensen
A number of story lines are developed in what appears to be the first novel of a series that focuses on the impending arrival of an alien from outside our solar system. When a radio astronomer discovers and translates a signal from the alien announcing his impending arrival, the U. S. president and secretary of defense try to control the situation with a cover-up. The CIA goes after the astronomer and a computer hacker who also knows about the signal, while the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff begins preparing for a possible hostile encounter. The six months that it takes the alien to travel from the outer edges of the solar system to Earth provide the time for a variety of responses to develop-from elation to extreme fear-among certain scientific groups and military personnel. As the alien approaches earth, its thoughts, intentions, and culture are explored, as the reader learns of its plans to control the primitive inhabitants of Earth. Perry draws main characters who are well-developed. He throws a liberal amount of romance into the plot, altogether forming a solid base for possible future novels. Interesting, enjoyable, and recommended for most collections. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
Get ready! In this exciting work, based on the popular comic by Nimoy and concepts developed by Isaac Asimov, the military and government try to contain news of a message signaling the imminent return of aliens who, during Earth's primordial past, rescued several species, seeded them on different planets, and nurtured them through intelligent evolution. Recommended.
Kirkus Reviews
Alien-contact curtain-raiser developed from a comic book series. Millions of years ago the Paxus Majae rescued a number of species from Earth before the Cretaceous/Tertiary extinctions; of these, Avitaurs—descended from pterosaurs, those furry, flying non-dinosaurs of the Mesozoic—have retained their wings while somehow acquiring arms and a humanoid aspect. Avitaur Zeerus, a rebel against the Majae, has fled into space in search of allies against his former masters. But when he arrives in our solar system, he naturally tells his new Earth friends nothing of all this. Zeerus's first contacts are with computer whiz Stewart Davies and his girlfriend Jess Rossini, though soon General Larry Hightower of the Joint Chiefs steps in to manage communications and keep a lid on things; the general's secret lover is the President's Chief of Staff, Laurie Sherman. A subplot involves 11-year-old hacker Jake Holcroft and his fanatical survivalist father's backwoods militia.

More like space-politician-contact than alien-contact: creaky and forgettable, all puff and no substance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446520119
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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