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Posted October 27, 2014
Right off the start, David Andrew’s “The First Born” grabs the reader with an intriguing, engaging story that grabs hold of the reader and won’t let go. Readers will enjoy the life-like characters that Andrews has created, along with a plot that is both layered but easy to understand and follow.
Andrews story, on the surface, may sound complicated, but his skill is such that readers will have little trouble following. “The First Born” is the science fiction/romance tale of Samara, a human in a future near-perfect who carries Dawl a member of the Hive Mind in a symbiotic relationship. Dael thinks that she’s in control, as the Hive Mind has been for generations almost beyond reckoning, but when Samara is contacted by Peter, a force both stronger and more mysterious than Dael and her people, she finders herself flung into the arms of Torred, a “Commoner” human fisherman, and a member of a small collective Peter has hidden away from the Hive Mind.
Of course, nothing is simple in this future Earth where Commoners, Elites and Chosen have maintained the status quo for centuries, but in which Peter has an altogether different vision in mind. Andrews doles out the conflict through “The First Born”, both emotional and physical, through fast-paced adventure that he navigates like the expert seaman in his story. He provides real emotional upheaval and dramatic turns that engage the reader and make this a can’t-put-down-page-turner.
Posted October 4, 2014
Firstly, I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Which is a good thing, as that saved me the $8 I would have spent to purchase this book. David Andrews has shown why he is so popular when writing paranormal and romance tales under his Amy Gallow pseudonym. "The First Born" was the first book published under Andrews' own name and, in my opinion, he couldn't have chosen a better book on which to begin using his own name.
Andrews weaves together a massively entertaining story, deftly handling a large and diverse cast of three-dimensional characters, while also showcasing his descriptive prowess by bringing alive some astonishingly different locations as if he had been there on a recent jaunt.
The story follows a weary man named Peter, a veteran of such conflicts as World Wars I and II, the French Foreign Legion and Korea. For Peter, the only thing more worthwhile than a world at environmental piece with itself, was a world on which human beings did not look to war as the first, last or any alternative. Knowing that a war of conquest -- even on with as noble a goal as the end of war -- still would leave more men and women dead. And so, Peter set about creating a world without war and he did it with a lie. Well, maybe not that, but he decided the best way to conquer the world peacefully, by the power of his own will and that of his immortal lover, Dael.
Believing in Peter and his mission, and finding in him something to love and hold, Dael descended from the realm of pure thought to incarnate into the physical world, to take a her own body and work side by side and lay with Peter. In their time, Peter and Dael had a son, Karrel. Together, father, mother son and son's lover, fought against a telepathic hive mind and countless other obstacles to bring the world metaphorically kicking and screaming into a new version of itself, one where fighting and dying was only a bad memory, quickly fading.
This was a good book. I would have been here reading and reviewing this book even if I hadn't been given a free copy. Well worth the time and money, even if the money is only theoretical.