“A suspenseful, action-packed space saga featuring a strong female protagonist, Xenogeneic: First Contact is a gem for connoisseurs of genre, and highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review
“An exciting and provocative novel for readers of all ages.” – Paige Doepke (Windy City Reviews)
“Lovers of sci-fi will enjoy alien invasion theme and strong smart female protagonist who is at forefront of saving Earth.” – Laura Fabiani
KIDNAPPED HUMANS … DESPERATE ALIENS … FIGHT FOR EXISTENCE.
Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As a determined aerospace engineer, Elena finally gets her mission to search for answers and to continue her father’s exploration. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes.
For thousands of years, aliens peacefully watched Earth. Now, the alien Knoonk have lost their civil war around a distant star and captured the nearby research station to hide and regroup. They present themselves as persecuted pilgrims needing a new home and plan to possess and colonize Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the Knoonk kidnap humans and use genetic engineering to adapt the Knoonk to Earth.
Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. She’s plagued by personal demons—loss of family and strange Navajo nightmares—that leave her adverse to commitment. She meets a traumatized half-sister who may hold the key to survival. Elena tries to connect with her sister and with their hosts to find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by humans brings swift punishment to break their spirit.
Elena receives unexpected help from some aliens, which raises the stakes and possibilities for finding escape and a way to save humanity … unless she’s a pawn in a bigger game. As she struggles through one deception after another, she’s shaken to her core. Nothing is as it appears.
With time running out, can Elena dig deep enough to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them? If she fails, the Knoonk will take Earth, enslaving or exterminating the human race. If she succeeds, the price may be the loss of everyone she loves. Is she willing to sacrifice them to save the world?
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About the Author
Lance Erlick likes to explore the mysteries of intriguing worlds with interesting, often strong female guides facing and overcoming adversity as they try to change their world. He writes science fiction thrillers, appealing to young adults and adult readers, including the Rebel series, the Regina Shen series, and several published short stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. Elena Pyetrov is a brilliant aerospace engineer with one goal in mind, travelling to space to finish the dream her father had failed fulfilling 18 years ago. She is going to make if further than he did and finally prove that there is life beyond Earth. After working against government red tape and a few naysayers, she successfully convinces them that her mission is worthy of support but when the day finally comes an unexpected event happens. The mission goes terribly wrong and Elena’s ship is pulled off course crashing onto another planet. Elena and her crew quickly find out that their crash was orchestrated by an alien species that has kidnapped them and a number of other humans for a specific purpose. Elena will have to do everything in her power to lead the humans and protect them while trying to figure out what exactly their captors have in store for them, humanity and with Earth. The storyline is packed full of tons of twists and turns that keep the reader engaged in the characters and the plot. There is a great deal going on from the inner fighting between the factions of the Knoonk (the aliens) to the inner fighting between the human clans and the interpersonal relationships between Marc, Elena and her sister. There is never a dull moment even when the moments in the storyline are meant to be dull. I do wish there had been more detailed background focus on the Knoonk concerning what exactly happened within their civil war to cause the factions and why they made the choices they made concerning their religion, gender and so on. Xenogenic is a great sci-fi story with a host of strong female characters leading the charge on both sides of the conflict. The descriptive writing paints a detailed picture that doesn’t overwhelm the sci-fi plot but adds to the visuals and flow of the story. Overall it’s a great book with the potential to carry on as series that delves deeper into the continuation of Elena and her sister’s life on Earth. Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
Elena Pyetrov’s father disappeared in space eighteen years ago. Everyone has figured him dead and Elena wants to complete his mission. But while in space something goes horribly wrong and her ship crashes. It seems that an alien race, the Knoonk fought a civil war and lost. They have decided to take Earth over as their own planet. The problem is that they are not able to survive in its atmosphere so they have been capturing humans for years and experimenting on them to they to adapt themselves. It’s up to Elena and the other human captives to stop the Knoonk. I read Lance Erlick’s Regina Shen series and was excited to see what happened in this book. I was really pleased with the results. Elena is a strong woman and determined to finish her father’s work. But the Knoonk are doing messed up things to the humans they have captured. They have broken them to their base human needs. It’s up to Elena to get everyone gathered together and fight back. This was a good story and had an original plot. My problem is that we get stuck in several continuous loops of the same thing over and over as they try to fight back. It gets the point across about how hopeless the humans have become. It’s going to be an uphill fight for Elena to get everyone gathered together but it got to be repetitive and frustrating. I really enjoyed this book. If it is to be a series I would be happy to read the next book. Otherwise this is a great standalone book. I received Xenogeneic: First Contact from iRead Book Tours for free. This has no influenced my opinion in any way.
It’s winner takes all in the fight for Earth. When the Knoonk, an alien species, lose their civil war, they set there eyes on Earth as their new home and go about their insidious plan in unimaginable ways. This story feels “alien.” What I mean is, the way the aliens think and act is so different from humans how could we ever hope to negotiate with them. They look like we picture them to be, grey little beings from outerspace. It’s how they think that throws us. For example, even the pinkish color of our skin is an abomination to them. Color is ugly and hurts their eyes. If how we look is an insult to them, why would they treat us humanely. But, when Dr. Elena Pvetrov’s ship crashes on an strange planet, she’s determined to try. The Knoonk have many tricks up their sleeves to keep their human captives off balance and controllable. As she adjusts to her new life, she studies her captors, forges friendships and alliances, and tries to get back home to Earth to warn them of what is coming. I knew this was going to be a hard one to review. So much to tell, yet I can’t without spoiling things for you. The author put me in so many character’s shoes, I stumbled my way along, conflicted about my feelings towards them. Not in a bad way though. More like a challenging one. I liked some that I probably shouldn’t and disliked some in the same way. This certainly kept me turning the pages to learn more about them. An intriguing beginning to this science fiction adventure and one I would like to follow to its conclusion.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of the book as a participant of iRead Book Tours. This is the first time I take part in an iRead Book Tour, and it is my first book by Lance Erlick. The book description sounded intriguing, especially if, like me, you love a good science fiction story. The first third of the book was fine, but then it started to fall flat. The whole book is written in a style that might work as a movie script, but to me, all the short sentences and rapid changes of scenes made the story feel disjointed. It was like watching a movie, with lots of flickering scenes, changing rapidly all over the place, but this didn’t work for me in book form. After about 50%, I started to get bored, the book couldn’t really keep my interest any more and I might have given up if it hadn’t been for the book tour. Sure, I wanted to find out what exactly was going on, but all the in-fighting among the humans just dragged on and on. Nothing much happened for the next 30% of the book, then it slowly got interesting again. And then it all happened at once. I’m sorry to say that the ending didn’t manage to convince me. It all went so fast, with no rhyme or reason, and nobody is who they appear to be, and the explanations appear flimsy and not well thought out. However, this is just my personal view. The idea is good, the questions the story raises are very valid ones (which unfortunately I cannot go into without putting spoilers). I’m convinced that, if compressed, and with a clear story line, this could be so much better.
I really enjoy reading books by author Lance Erlick. "Xenogeneic : First Contact ",is a great science fiction story. Elena Pyetrov has been in space trying to move on, doing her father's work. But, when her ship crashes she becomes a prisoner. She is taken to a cave by aliens and finds herself with other humans. This time the aliens are going to get rid of all humans and take Earth as their own. Elena has to save other humans or this could be the end. Will she be able to save her people? Will she have anyone help her? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and all opinions are mine.
I honest to goodness am not sure what to say about this book. This had to be the strangest, most far fetched storyline I have ever read yet I was trapped. I was pulled in and could not stop reading. I wanted to figure out the who, the what, the where, the why, the how it happened, how it was occurring, and what was going to happen. I was sucked in. Similar to the Regina Shen series by this author, the “in control” population is a female dominant (no males) ran government. Because it is an “alien race” there were many far fetched ideas that were occurring paired with normal thoughts. It made for an interesting read, but at times; slightly confusing. Overall, I liked the book. There was a lot of action, a lot of mystery, and definitely no lull in the read. If you enjoy alien, sci-fi, out of our world story lines – this is one you will definitely need to read!