by Michael Siemsen

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BN ID: 2940150712089
Publisher: Fantome Publishing
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 438
Sales rank: 67,528
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Siemsen is the USA Today bestselling author of 6 novels including The Dig, A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story), and Exigency. He is currently working on several new novels, including Frederick & Samuel, the 3rd book in the (a demon's story) series. He lives in Northern California with "the wife," "the kids," "the dog," "that cat," and he occasionally wears pants.

twitter: @michaelsiemsen

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Exigency 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
ClevelandBill More than 1 year ago
Is your idea of a great read one where the characters are interesting and the story is well told? If it is, you're going to love this book. It's a fast moving story filled with great characters, exciting situations and unexpected plot twists. Michael has captured the underlying style of a great space adventure in this imaginative and well written novel. Highly recommended.
skehoe More than 1 year ago
Minnie lives on a space station 20 light years from Earth orbiting high above the planet of Epsilon C, Epsy for short. She and the rest of the small crew of scientists will live out the rest of their lives observing and researching the inhabitants of this fascinating planet. On one continent lives the intelligent and peaceful Threck species. On the other, lives the less intelligent and extremely violent Hynka species. Minnie is an expert on the Threck and their language. After a catastrophic event onboard the space station, the crew must evacuate to Epsy. With no hope for rescue, the evacuation plan involves making contact with the Threck and then living in a remote location. Unfortunately, life never goes as planned. During the evacuation, only two pods reach the planet. The others are launched into deep space. To make matters worse, Minnie and John's (the station's leader) pod lands in Hynka territory.... This is a story of transformation and the human will to survive. Sci-Fi fans are really going to enjoy this book. Once it grips you, it doesn't let go. I received a pre-release copy of this book for review.
Sofia_NW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Exigency and was pleasantly surprised with how much so. I am not much of a reader of space travel type of books because usually I get lost in the science jargon. Yet, I really enjoy space travel movies and books. I guess we all have our quirks. Anyways, I didn't feel lost in this book and thought it was well written. I got lost in the characters, and the story. The book was defiantly a page turner because it was filled with a lot of adventure and suspense. My only complaint is that I felt it was a tad long and the ending left a lot to be desired. I really hope there is a sequel because I felt it left a lot of unanswered questions. I need closure!!! lol!  I would recommend this book to people looking for something new and interesting to read.  Updated review 1/7/15:  After the review I was given a new ending of the book and I enjoyed it. I still stand by that I need a sequel.
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book early. I'm not allowed to say how early, but it wasn't early enough I can tell you that much. Most of you know that I am a die-hard Michael Siemsen fan and I will read pretty much anything that he writes, including a grocery list (kidding). I don't know if my reviews mean as much as someone who isn't as big of a fan or not. I like to think they mean more, because if I don't like it, then uh-oh. I was really excited to get my hands on this book. The synopsis sounded fantastic and this kind of book is right up my alley genre wise. Plus, it's written by Mr Siemsen, so you know... I had also heard a rumor that there was a character named Angela in it. Should be interesting..... The story starts off really early with the group landing on the planet Epsilon C after a mishap in space. They basically are stuck on the planet, with no contact with Earth, not really prepared for what they are about to encounter when they land. They have an exigency plan, they know what they are supposed to do, but when the sh*t hits the fan, it's a little different. They are supposed to land in the less hostile Threck country and meet up at a predetermined site away from civilization. Pretty much none of them land where they are supposed to. And, they aren't paired up with the people they were supposed to be paired up with. Sounds like the perfect recipe for shenanigans. I can't really describe to you in words what this book is like. Nothing that comes forth from my brain will do it any justice at all. It blows my mind when I try to wrap my head around what kind of planning and research had to go into writing this story. And when I think about all the creativity that went into these characters, the planet, the technology, etc, I am left in awe. That's the only way I can describe this book. I don't think anyone that reads it will be able to explain it any better. I would love to make a comparison between this book and another like it, but I can't because there isn't. At the time of writing this, I have read the book twice. TWICE! And, I'm going to read it again before it's released. I don't re-read people!! My point in telling you this is that I was trying to help Mr Siemsen cut out any fat or unnecessary parts and I couldn't. I would start to pick something that I thought could probably come out, and then keep reading and go "Nope. That's got to stay." And not because it was a key piece of the story, but because it wouldn't flow and it wouldn't "work" without it. The other reason I wanted to mention that I read it TWICE! (so far), is that I wanted to see if I missed something. I wanted to see if I just read it so fast and was so engrossed that I wasn't really paying attention to the details. All I can say is that the second time I read it, I became enthralled with it even more. I didn't want the ride to end. I enjoyed the book more the second time I read it than I did the first time. I really can't wait to read it again!! (Holy hell, did I just say that??) I will say one critical thing about this book: I wanted more. I still want more. In the interview that I did with Mr Siemsen (to be posted on my blog on 9/16), I asked him about the possibility of him writing more. I can tell you one thing: I didn't like his answer. Although, in writing, you never know what is going to grab you and not let go. This story may do that to Mr Siemsen as well. It has definitely done it to me. I know I can't be the only one. P.S. There is indeed a character in this book named Angela. While Mr Siemsen has put in the beginning of the book the obligatory statement that "All persons are fictional..." blah blah blah I can assure you that I am as much of, if not more than, a smarta$$ as the character Angela. I wonder how he knew that...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking, thrilling, and unlike other sci-fiction out there. Need more hi-end literary writers like this writing in genres like sci-fiction, mystery, crime, etc. Can't recommend this book enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason you are not allowed to change the size of the font for this book. This means the text is too small on my tablet and way too large on my phone. If I could get a refund, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Siemsen's book is well-titled. The characters grapple with social and psychological issues arising from their lives aboard an orbiting space station and when their station is suddenly destroyed, they are faced with numerous do or die situations. Some live, some die. Among the futuristic technological tools they have at their disposal is one called a "fone," which is an implant replacing one of the eyes ( like the Borg of Star Trek). With its direct brain connection this device enables immediate awareness and analysis of environmental features hidden from our biological eyes. It is essentially an ocular computer. Is this where our smart phones are headed? A good, thrilling read for sf fans who like the intricacies of space exploration!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable and cosuming story. As with all good stories, I can only hope for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good, fast paced read with believable ,characters. So many books involve aliens landing on Earth. In this book, humans are the aliens, struggling to survive and to understand the residents of distant planet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The motivations of the aliens and humans were very good. The story draws you in and the variety of settings and biological complications were so well done, they were almost another character in the plot. This story took me back to the wonder of science fiction possibilities in my early SF reading. Don't miss this opportunity to escape to another world and have the preconceived "typical" boilerplate removed and be surprised at many turns by this story's telling.
Trellium More than 1 year ago
The story is great and well written, the characters are good. The fixed font size is silly in any ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book and at first did not want to put it down. Then the author started using flashbacks and flashforwards that soon became totally confusing. Then the best characters srarted getting killed but later coming back to life. Lost the whole thread of the story and dumped the book in disgust. Not recommended unless you have a high tolerance for random thought book writing. JC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The character Minnie was so annoying the book grew unreadable. The premise made very little sense. Just bad (fictional) science.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really surprised about the view reviews. Any sci-fi fan will love this book. I enjoyed it very much. Intelligently and believable alien culture. Great characters as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt change the font size, about an 8 font size on my Nook, BUT I could change the font type... Aseander Sans was slightly larger and quite a bit darker which does make it slightly easier to read. ACR
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Basically the font size is set so low it can barely be read on my nook, and like another reviewer said it cannot be changed...this ruins one of the primary advantages of ebooks..
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Lifetime inhabitants of a research space station studying an earth like planet Epsilon C encounter the ultimate horror when evacuation to the planet below is their only option for survival. The planet is divided into two sides one inhabited by an advanced race called Threck and one by an enormous predatory race called Hynka. The escape pods are pre-set to head for the Threck side of the planet, but something goes terribly wrong. We follow the progress of the station leader John and the head specialist for the Threck, Minnie who are not exactly friends especially since the station’s second in command, Aether, John’s wife left him for Minnie. These adversaries find themselves off course and headed straight for the Hynka side of the planet and have to fight flora, fauna and each other to stay alive knowing that they may very well be the only survivors left in this inhospitable and likely deadly situation. Michael Siemsen’s epic adventure begins with a HUGE bang as the space station literally disintegrates before reader’s eyes. His narrative is deductive and informative mixing just enough humor throughout to lighten the at times dark nature of the read.  I especially like his use of acronyms that blend very well with the science feel, however, non-techies might prefer a bit of a refresher every so often. His characters are well developed, and expertly portrayed psychically and physically. His world building is essential to the story and aptly and visually constructed for readers. If you like an unimaginable sci-fi saga, this is right up your outer space alley.