Trang

Trang

by Mary Sisson

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BN ID: 2940044346697
Publisher: Mary Sisson
Publication date: 02/14/2011
Series: Trang , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 645,396
File size: 454 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Sisson is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University, and she has a master’s degree in Journalism from New York University, where she received the Edwin Diamond Award, the department’s highest honor. She has contributed to award-winning books ranging in topic from terrorism to food to history to technology. None of this means she’s actually any more qualified to write about aliens and space Marines than the next person, but she carries on regardless. See what’s she’s up to by visiting marysisson.com!

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Trang 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
honoliipali More than 1 year ago
I found this story of the first human interaction with alien species to be interesting. I am normally not a sci-fi reader but won this book from LibraryThing. This story was well crafted and written. The different species types and their interactions was interesting and I found myself anxious to read more to see what happens next. I especially enjoyed the characters and their development. The author does a good job quickly establishing the many characters in a way that I was able to grasp each as individuals yet manage to keep them separate and independent. This is a good read and should be read by all scifi buffs.
LaughingPenguin More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I am so glad I did! While I am not a writer (as you can probably tell from my review), I am an avid reader, and was very happy to find this little gem among the many rough books I've received to review. The plot kept moving forward at a good pace. The writing was crisp, clean, and well edited. I was able to connect with the characters as they matured throughout the course of the book. I appreciated the straightforwardness of the writing, with no flashbacks, flash forwards, or other distractions. The product description provides a good glimpse into the story. In short, I loved the book and can't wait to learn more about Trang and the alien races, especially the White Spiders, in future books. Thank you, Mary Sisson, for such a pleasurable read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A good fun read. DMB
roadway2000 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Good sci-fi book with aliens and diplomat and his security force. There is quite a bit of pretty rough language in this book, so keep away from younger people. Other than that quiet a interesting story which will keep you entertained.
JessicaSim on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I started reading this book because I was looking forward to escape into a story and be absorbed into a different world. Although the book didn't turn out to be so compelling that I could nicely coccoon on my sofa it still offered a good reading experience. The story takes place on a spacestation filled with strange aliens, which provides the writer with a host of entertaining meetings and situations. In meeting different alienraces there is also time for contemplations regarding the human race and the way we threat our planet and our own people. Although the story sometimes seems tediously long and all the swearing doesn't really help the story along, I still found myself taken by the story and reading along to find out how things would devellop. The climax came suddenly and the ending felt abrupt but I will surely read the other books in the Trang series to find out how the Hosts will run the station now that their Messiah has returned and to learn what the secret of the mysterious White Spiders is!
Robin.linehan on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I usually only read true stories, but I have to say, I really enjoyed Trang. It was my first sci-fi and I couldn't put it down, the language at times was a little foul but I would definitely recommend this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the Trang series.
magelet87 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When alien life is discovered, Earth sends Philippe Trang as a diplomat. Soon, though, he discovers secrets that put him, the aliens, and Earth in danger. This was a great read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves mystery, sci-fi, and some foul language.
aquinaught on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Disclaimer: I received this ebook via the LibraryThing Member Giveaway direct from the author. I'd like to thank Ms. Sisson for going above and beyond to ensure that my copy was not trapped in an erroneous email spam filter. I'd also like to apologize to her for taking so long in writing this review.First contact with an alien civilization has been established. As our race communicates with and investigates those behind the contact, we learn there are multiple races living in relative harmony aboard a community station. The station has strict rules, of course, and humans are the latest race to be invited so we're to be on our best behavior. Set in the not-too-distant future, we can imagine the large-scale human traits we encounter today hold true here: xenophobia, paranoia, and greed. Rather than treating this first physical contact as a momentous occasion akin to "one giant leap for mankind," Earth's leading government seems bent on seeing this operation fail. They send a good--but not the best--diplomat they have. He's protected by an elite squad of marines who all seem to have discipline issues. Philippe Trang, the diplomat, is bombarded by petty emails unfiltered by any sort of assistant, who I would expect to accompany mankind's first representative to the stars. We're meant to believe that Mr. Trang is quite competent at his job but he has neither the accoutrements nor the experience to back that assumption. He has one solid, impactful line item in his resume but his behavior throughout the book really didn't jump out at me as being clever enough to warrant what I would see as an enviable position in history.The pacing started out a little slow but I think that works in the story's favor. The reader sees through Trang's eyes as he's learning the methods and intricacies of each of the races present. He's taking everything in and cataloging it for future use. He's not taking chances. He's making friends and learning about them. It's exactly what I'd expect a diplomat's default behavior would be. Unfortunately, the pacing didn't increase until the very end which featured a deus-ex-machina and a twist that smacked of "bet you didn't see this coming!" which relied on some convoluted (but consistent, at least) metaphysical behavior.While I thought the choice of a diplomat protagonist was an interesting take on the genre, neither he nor the story resonated with me. I am very much a resonance reader; if I latch onto something, be it an idea or character, I'm hooked until the wee hours. Unfortunately, I was searching too long for something to really hook me here and it affected my enjoyment of the work.
Falcon124 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A fascinating approach to the "first contact" scenario with a collection of aliens, bureaucracy, translation errors, scared governments, military muscle, psychic experiences and one poor diplomat stuck in the middle trying to figure it out. The story was well paced and revealed developments at a rate that kept me interested without bombarding me in the process.Worth reading & I'm looking forward to checking out the sequel.
Rottie on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I enjoyed Trang by Mary Sisson. I was having trouble putting it down near the end wondering where it was going to go. I see that the way it ended that there will probably be a second book. I would read this 2nd book since I found the story interesting in how it was told. I would recommend this book to others to read as well.
zungr on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Mary Sisson's Trang reads like a mini space opera, covering the first posting of a human diplomat to an alien space station. The first chapter of the book lays down a situation that engaged my interest and had me wanting to find out what happens next, and this forward momentum is carried throughout the rest of the book.*** SOME SPOILERS AHEAD ***While the diplomat Trang and his Special Forces security chief Shanti are well developed as was their evolving relationship to each other, there were some characters who probably should have contributed more to the storyline with a bit more page time. The whole of Chapter One is taken up by Wouter Hoopen, but he is mentioned only fleetingly in the rest of the book. An astrophysicist whom Trang meets early in the book is likely largely absent after her chapter is over. On the other hand, the aliens depicted by Sisson are well constructed, feeling neither too conveniently human-like, nor too alien as for them to appear artificially constructed by a too eager hand.Trang's mission is presented as a series of engagements with his own mission personnel, as well as encounters with the various aliens on the alien space station, with each race of aliens having their own agenda. His later emerging psychological problems again drew me in wanting to know what exactly was happening to the protagonist of the book. Overall, despite some minor quibbles I have with the book, it was a pleasant read that had me tearing through the pages wanting to know what would happen next.
terriko on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a neat take on a first contact scenario for Earth, and the main body of the story follows the young diplomat called upon to meet the aliens while dodging politics, bureaucracy, misunderstandings, mistranslations, and a rowdy and crude security force. I've read a lot of such stories, but I found the characters of Trang especially believable even when incredibly unbelievable things were going on. And though I can't put my finger quite on why, this book felt surprisingly unique within the genre. I put it down a few times during the first few chapters, but the story picks up considerably once the main characters start to appear, and even though it wrapped up nicely I'm finding myself eagerly anticipating what might come next in the series.[Note: I received a free copy of this for review, but I'm sure I'll be buying the next book!]
honoliipali on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I found this story of the first human interaction with alien species to be interesting. I am normally not a sci-fi reader but won this book from LibraryThing. This story was well crafted and written. The different species types and their interactions was interesting and I found myself anxious to read more to see what happens next.I especially enjoyed the characters and their development. The author does a good job quickly establishing the many characters in a way that I was able to grasp each as individuals yet manage to keep them separate and independent.This is a good read and should be read by all scifi buffs.