Human By Choice

Human By Choice

by Travis S. Taylor, Darrell Bain
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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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