Alien Taste

Alien Taste

by Wen Spencer

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Overview

Alien Taste by Wen Spencer

Ukiah Oregon is quickly becoming one of the greatest trackers in the country. Some call it luck—those closest to him call it instinct. Abandoned as a child, he was found running with a wolf pack. Now, in his job as a private investigator, he puts his nose to the ground to track down missing persons and fugitives from the law.
 
A heightened sense of smell and taste—plus a photographic memory—make him an invaluable asset to his partner. But when Ukiah kills a crazed young woman in self-defense, he draws the attention of the FBI’s most wanted: a violent and elusive gang known as the Pack.
 
And it won’t be long before Ukiah discovers just how much he has in common with the Pack: a bond of brotherhood, blood...and destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101212448
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Series: Ukiah Oregon , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 109,102
File size: 327 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wen Spencer is a John W. Campbell Award–winning author of science fiction and fantasy. She has written 12 novels, as well as numerous short stories. Several of her novels, including Alien Taste, Tinker, and A Brother’s Price, have been translated and sold internationally in Europe, Japan, and Russia. After living in Pittsburgh and Boston, Spencer now resides in Hilo, Hawaii.

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Alien Taste 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ukiah Oregon has a photographic memory, but he can remember nothing of his childhood. He was raised by wolves in Ukiah, Oregon and found by a biology student who adopted and raised him. He has no idea how old he is, who his parents were - nothing. His moms (he has two mothers, no father) try to find out about his past by hiring a private investigator, but Max Bennett can find nothing. However, as Max learns more about Ukiah, he discovers that Ukiah's specialty is finding people/things so he offers him a job, and eventually makes Ukiah his partner. When three women are found dead and the fourth presumed kidnapped, Ukiah and Max are called in to find her. Using his heightened senses, Ukiah finds the fourth woman...and a clue to his past. The dead women leads Ukiah to The Pack, a dangerous motorcycle gang. Ukiah knows that they have information about his past, but are they willing to share it? (This is purposely a vague summary of the book because to give any more information would ruin the surprises and the storyline.) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was a fresh twist on the whole alien invasion and "Wolf Boy" stories. Wen Spencer has created finely crafted characters that the reader truly feels for. Yes, Ukiah has all of these special abilities, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't need help, that he doesn't get scared, that he doesn't wonder why he is different. Max, Ukiah's partner, is a suffering widower who becomes a kind of father to Ukiah and watches out for him. Indigo is a tough FBI Agent (the Pack calls her the Lady of Steel), but she has a soft spot for Ukiah and finds herself falling in love with him. Ukiah's family was also delightful - his two moms and his sister, Cassie added nice touches of "normality" (such as it is for this book) to the story. This book is set 2 years in the future (2004), but everything is recognizable. People have a few more electronic toys than we have now and we have successfully sent a machine to Mars, but Spencer doesn't really put anything in that couldn't be done in the foreseeable future. Wen Spencer has a very nice writing style (and a good editor - no typos) and the plot was well-paced. In short, this book is full of action and mystery and well worth your time!
harstan More than 1 year ago
No one really knows how old allegedly twenty-one years old Ukiah Oregon is. He was found caught in a wolf trap when he was approximately twelve. The woman who captured Ukiah took him to Pittsburgh so she and her female mate Lara could have a child since the courts ignored adoption efforts by a same sex couple.

Now Ukiah works with private detective Max Bennett. Ukiah is a world-class tracker who can find a trail with the faintest of clues. There are other oddities about Ukiah. His olfactory, taste, and hearing senses are much more acute than the average person¿s and he can read DNA with another unknown sense. He has suffered strange memory losses that only sometimes he regains. On one of his cases, Ukiah learns about The Pack, a loose coalition of bikers who take a sudden interest in him. When he finds out why, he also learns he is the key to saving the human race.

ALIEN TASTE is an urban science fiction tale that takes place on earth in three years. However, new technological advances make the reader feel that Wen Spencer's tale takes place much further into the future. The characters are fully developed and understandable and The Pack is likable in a feral sort of way. This novel is keeper shelf material and hopefully Mr. Spencer will return with more tales starring the Pack. Harriet Klausner

dictator555 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I loved this book. It was so much fun! For the length of the novel, the characters are all really well explored. Even the minor characters are fun and interesting. This is a quick read, almost young adult it's so easy. The subject matter might be a little dark for kids, though. None of the ideas in the book are that novel; anyone who's read much SF would recognize the major elements. But it's well implemented and it's fun. Sorry to use the word so much, but "fun" is really the only word you need to know in association with this book.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Totally improbable, but a lot of fun. I was willing to suspend all sorts of disbelief for a tracker who had been raised by wolves. I enjoyed the gradual uncovering of Ukiah's story, and I look forward to starting the next book in the series.
SimonW11 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I enjojed this contemporary sf.Ukiah Oregon a private detective/ tracker raised by wolves. finds himselfcaught up in a feud between two undercover groups of aliens
amberwitch on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Ukiah Oregon is a private investigator whose ability to track has gotten him involved in a multiple homicide and missing person case.He is a former "feral child" who grew up amongst wolves, and when he gets a hint of his own lost past during the case he pursues it, leading him directly into a war between different fractions of an alien race - a war that will decide the future of Earth and its ecological systems - and both sides has a vast interest in gaining control over him.Ukiahs hunt for his past places him firmly on the "good side" in the war, as he fights to protect the human race, as well as his family and loved ones.In his fight for the good cause he manages to fall in love with an FBI agent, consummate this love (no purple prose), and save her from a fate worse than death.Ukiah lives on a farm with his mothers and his little sister, and is a partner in a private investigation agency. He was found in a wolftrap by one of his mothers, taken ind and civilised.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A keeper. It reads like fantasy at first, but it isn't; it's science fiction..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed every book in this series. I have re-read every book too many times to count. The plot is intriguing, the characters are strong and well rounded and the dialogue keeps you turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go Wen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 14, picked it up previously loved from a small bookstore because I was spending a week as mothers helper up in the mountains and needed a new book for the evenings. I read this book until it fell apart, love it love it love it
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Good sci-fi book.
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