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Captain Lisa Shaw and the crew of the Explorer are taking humanity’s first steps outside of the solar system. They arrive at their destination only to encounter an alien ship bent on destroying them and all other life in the galaxy. Now Lisa and the survivors of her crew have to find a way to escape from the aliens and warn Earth.


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Captain Lisa Shaw and the crew of the Explorer are taking humanity’s first steps outside of the solar system. They arrive at their destination only to encounter an alien ship bent on destroying them and all other life in the galaxy. Now Lisa and the survivors of her crew have to find a way to escape from the aliens and warn Earth.

36 review for First Contact (Rebirth #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kardinalratz

    Why i did not like this book Disclaimer: I am not a native english speaker so my grammar and spelling is bad :D First Contact from Eric Filler started like a promising space opera but soon ends in the biggest buildup of Deus ex machina i have seen in my entire live. It´s really hard to explain that, but things just happen in this book, there is no real buildup and no explanation why something happens. The biggest laugh i had was when characters often "forsaw" these "Deus ex machina". For example: [R Why i did not like this book Disclaimer: I am not a native english speaker so my grammar and spelling is bad :D First Contact from Eric Filler started like a promising space opera but soon ends in the biggest buildup of Deus ex machina i have seen in my entire live. It´s really hard to explain that, but things just happen in this book, there is no real buildup and no explanation why something happens. The biggest laugh i had was when characters often "forsaw" these "Deus ex machina". For example: [Really mild spoiler ahead] (view spoiler)[ They try to find a few "experimental weapons" on this planet, and there are different groups searching for them, after one group found them the leader of a other group (who only knows about his own group searching) says "maybe now we can find the weapons, or maybe they find us". Of course the group who found the weapons found the other group after that..... This REALLY annoyed me, why did the author feel to add the second sentence, this group has no clue there are others looking for these weapons. Unfortunately thats not the only case of this foreshadowing bull. (hide spoiler)] Also the writing style is really bad, he has like 4-7 Main character and just cycles through them till they all meet together at the end. The Character in this book felt totally unreal, boring and flat. I read this book because it was free on smashwords and if you want to see how to NOT write a book (at least scifi) take a look. I will definitly not read the second book, especially after i read the text describing the book. I felt like banging my head against a wall alone for this description text.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This is some good old-fashioned space opera, even if it's not particularly well-written. But at 99 cents, how much can you really complain about it? Well if you're some people, a lot. I mean some people complain about a book they got for FREE, the old looking the gift horse in the mouth. Anyway, the story begins with two starships arriving at an uninhabited planet. (And since this is not "hard" science-fiction there's no explanation of the faster-than-light travel method they use or anything like This is some good old-fashioned space opera, even if it's not particularly well-written. But at 99 cents, how much can you really complain about it? Well if you're some people, a lot. I mean some people complain about a book they got for FREE, the old looking the gift horse in the mouth. Anyway, the story begins with two starships arriving at an uninhabited planet. (And since this is not "hard" science-fiction there's no explanation of the faster-than-light travel method they use or anything like that.) Captain Lisa Shaw is in command of the expedition, though she feels slighted to be sent out into the middle of nowhere for years on what should be a milk run. Except things get more interesting than she ever imagined. Not long after the humans arrive and begin surveying the planet, an alien ship appears in the system! Lisa and her crew go through all the standard first contact stuff of trying to send greetings and whatnot, but it soon becomes apparent these aliens are not interested in exchanging messages by musical scales or cave drawings or anything like that. No, the aliens open fire and within minutes Lisa's ship is destroyed. She's prepared to go down with the ship, but is saved by Ensign Jack Laurants, who assures her she's needed down on the surface. A few others of the bridge crew survive as well, but most of the ship's crew is dead, for which Lisa blames herself. Not much later on the surface, the human ground soldiers of the expedition come under attack by alien warriors. It's then the alien agenda becomes clear: they want to use the humans as food! Though they aren't carving them up like cattle. The aliens have a much different way of eating, more akin to vampires, though they don't sparkle. From there the human survivors have to find a way to escape from the aliens and get back to Earth to warn them of the threat. As I said at the beginning, the writing is not great. It's pretty amateurish and there are of course typographical errors and such. But again it was a dollar, so what are you expecting? The story obviously borrows from a lot of other space opera-type things like Star Wars, Star Trek, Robotech, and maybe a little V--the 80s version. It's a fun light read. That is all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette Woods

  5. 5 out of 5

    S. Birdsong

  6. 5 out of 5

    lynn crippen

  7. 4 out of 5

    Areland

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rajesh Sood

  9. 4 out of 5

    Iram J. Gomez

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sapphire Stevens

  11. 4 out of 5

    paul knight

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alan Clements

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  14. 5 out of 5

    George Kwiatkowski

  15. 5 out of 5

    BookishDreamer

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bethanie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Cacciatore

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clive

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Bill Sullivan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Al Macy

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Laurence

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ilani K.wise

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Sessions

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  30. 5 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

    G.G.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  34. 5 out of 5

    Michael Shelton

  35. 4 out of 5

    Lezli

  36. 5 out of 5

    Mary

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