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An alien colony vanishes without a trace. It's the year 2206, and a ship from a federation of alien planets called the Entanglement is orbiting Earth with a gateway to the stars. A fleet of sadistic, Immortal cyborgs will arrive at Earth soon, and humanity must join the Entanglement's rigid caste system or face slavery to the Immortals.Lieutenant Jade Mahelona of Solar An alien colony vanishes without a trace. It's the year 2206, and a ship from a federation of alien planets called the Entanglement is orbiting Earth with a gateway to the stars. A fleet of sadistic, Immortal cyborgs will arrive at Earth soon, and humanity must join the Entanglement's rigid caste system or face slavery to the Immortals.Lieutenant Jade Mahelona of Solar Defense Force doesn't want to get involved in interstellar politics. Too bad. Jade is sent to find a lost alien colony on a remote planet, and her performance will determine if humanity joins the Entanglement or is abandoned to the Immortals.Then things get complicated. There's a powerful, hidden player. There's advanced technology beyond anything the Entanglement and Immortals have. There's a chance Jade can forge another option for humanity. If she can survive so long. Praise for Enemy Immortal:"Deep world-building…a fun read, packed with engaging characters and a pace that never lets up." —Self-Publishing Review"Full of unique worldbuilding and characters, Enemy Immortal is an exciting read." —IndieReader"Clever and entertaining…The alien cultures that Jade encounters are delightfully and often humorously bizarre." —Kirkus Reviews


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An alien colony vanishes without a trace. It's the year 2206, and a ship from a federation of alien planets called the Entanglement is orbiting Earth with a gateway to the stars. A fleet of sadistic, Immortal cyborgs will arrive at Earth soon, and humanity must join the Entanglement's rigid caste system or face slavery to the Immortals.Lieutenant Jade Mahelona of Solar An alien colony vanishes without a trace. It's the year 2206, and a ship from a federation of alien planets called the Entanglement is orbiting Earth with a gateway to the stars. A fleet of sadistic, Immortal cyborgs will arrive at Earth soon, and humanity must join the Entanglement's rigid caste system or face slavery to the Immortals.Lieutenant Jade Mahelona of Solar Defense Force doesn't want to get involved in interstellar politics. Too bad. Jade is sent to find a lost alien colony on a remote planet, and her performance will determine if humanity joins the Entanglement or is abandoned to the Immortals.Then things get complicated. There's a powerful, hidden player. There's advanced technology beyond anything the Entanglement and Immortals have. There's a chance Jade can forge another option for humanity. If she can survive so long. Praise for Enemy Immortal:"Deep world-building…a fun read, packed with engaging characters and a pace that never lets up." —Self-Publishing Review"Full of unique worldbuilding and characters, Enemy Immortal is an exciting read." —IndieReader"Clever and entertaining…The alien cultures that Jade encounters are delightfully and often humorously bizarre." —Kirkus Reviews

30 review for Enemy Immortal: A Hard Science Fiction Space Opera (Entangled Galaxy Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    I’ve heard the phrase “popcorn movie” used to describe a film one watches for pure entertainment, and I would argue that Enemy Immortal is a popcorn book. It had moments of deeper meaning but the main reason I read on was the simple joy of interesting science fiction. From sentence one I was immersed in a new world which was a delight to watch unfold. I enjoyed learning the way the complex cultures Jim Meeks-Johnson developed interacted with each other, and even more so watching them struggle aga I’ve heard the phrase “popcorn movie” used to describe a film one watches for pure entertainment, and I would argue that Enemy Immortal is a popcorn book. It had moments of deeper meaning but the main reason I read on was the simple joy of interesting science fiction. From sentence one I was immersed in a new world which was a delight to watch unfold. I enjoyed learning the way the complex cultures Jim Meeks-Johnson developed interacted with each other, and even more so watching them struggle against (and with) the culture of Earth. The conflict and plot were strong from the start, and I remained immersed and invested — if not emotionally than intellectually. I appreciated Meeks-Johnson’s use of diverse human identities and the consistency of Jade’s Hawaiian heritage. This aspect could have been explored even further to add additional emotional impact — something I was left wanting — but I also understood why it may not have taken center stage. However, as a whole the novel struggled to show rather than tell. Part of this was necessity; sci-fi inherently comes with a lot of technical information. But I was still hoping for some stronger sensory and spatial details to hold the pieces together. While I was immediately attached to Jade, and enjoyed watching her succeed, her arc of growth didn’t land with me. I could see what it was meant to be but it didn’t connect. She suffered a little bit from chosen-one syndrome, making her desire to fit in feel a little flat. I also didn’t totally believe Jade’s romance. Her pair/rival was introduced a little too late and we had no scenes of the two interacting until after their feelings had changed. If it had been established with scenes earlier on it would have felt less forced. The quality of the writing began to slide after the first few chapters. It never became unreadable but it was noticeably weaker. In addition, the pacing sagged and I began to lose interest during the number of chapters setting up for the final battle. At times this, along with petty dialogue and a lack of subtlety, made the book feel less mature than it was. None of these cons ever made me feel like I needed to quit the book early, though. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and I wanted to learn more about the world, which kept me reading. I didn’t feel the book had any standout flaws, but it also struggled to give me something strong to praise. Characters were well constructed, but I didn’t feel fully attached to them. The world was fun to explore, but sometimes I felt I couldn’t fully see it. The plot was action packed, but it still left me unsatisfied. The story needed a clearer emotional heart to tie all of its positive elements together.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Ricks

    “May Evolution Favor You”, This greeting underscores the core ideology of the central faction in an inventive, and cleanly executed sci-fi tale I’d like to review. Enemy Immortal touches deftly on the many weighty questions of first contact, as well as mankind’s first, trembling steps into a wider galactic community. With two major alien factions both interested in acquiring the Earth, how do you choose who to join, who to trust, if anyone? Any such choice will require transformative changes to “May Evolution Favor You”, This greeting underscores the core ideology of the central faction in an inventive, and cleanly executed sci-fi tale I’d like to review. Enemy Immortal touches deftly on the many weighty questions of first contact, as well as mankind’s first, trembling steps into a wider galactic community. With two major alien factions both interested in acquiring the Earth, how do you choose who to join, who to trust, if anyone? Any such choice will require transformative changes to our way of life, and our view of ourselves and the universe. The main character knows the feeling of being a misfit on the periphery. Jade is the product of a neonatal experiment granting her extrasensory abilities the author utilizes to great effectiveness to expand the perspective of what the audience is allowed to understand while maintaining consistency in the narrative. Jade’s powers grant novel information about the environs, and aliens she meets along the way during her investigation on behalf of Earth’s new allies. Learning the cultures and biologies of the varied sapient beings assigned to her team, Jade and her electro-sensory powers allow an in-depth view of the benefits, and costs of dedicating one’s entire civilization towards a singular purpose. The villainous faction is suitably malevolent, but confident in its power to such a degree that it allows the author to explore the theme of runaway overconfidence. What sort of society would result ruled by a species overwhelmingly dominant compared to all other races around them? This theme is explored in depth by the author as he helps us get inside an alien’s cell membrane to view the cosmos at the apex of a ruthless food chain. The enemy society of megalomaniacal psychopath ameobas embraces corruption as a consequence of a relentlessly predatory worldview this is a harder concept to justify yet the author goes into depth portraying the biology leading to this mindset.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ariel G

    In the far future, humanity is just one of a many interstellar civilizations, and the latest to request admission to a collective called the Entanglement. Jade Mahelona, a human with extrasensory perception due to her modified biology, is tasked with finding more about the chaotic alien Ambo before their nefarious plots come to fruition. The story opens in medias res with the evil intent of one Ambo to destroy and devour humanity -- but it takes some time for Jade and her storyline to catch up. In the far future, humanity is just one of a many interstellar civilizations, and the latest to request admission to a collective called the Entanglement. Jade Mahelona, a human with extrasensory perception due to her modified biology, is tasked with finding more about the chaotic alien Ambo before their nefarious plots come to fruition. The story opens in medias res with the evil intent of one Ambo to destroy and devour humanity -- but it takes some time for Jade and her storyline to catch up. 
 Jade runs into conflict from various sides -- within her own human race and otherwise -- for being a human outside of Entanglement guilds, for having supernatural emotion-based powers, even for being a woman. Her fight to succeed against the expectations of others is compelling, but I found her character lacking definition in other areas. The story felt mainly driven by external motivators, rather than her own personality or backstory. Overall, this book offers a colorful cast and setting, framed by a story that moves at a pleasantly brisk pace. Apart from the short time it takes for the plot to get moving and the stakes to become clear, sci-fi fans should find it easy to get invested in ENEMY IMMORTAL for both its futuristic trappings and its determined, likeable protagonist.

  4. 4 out of 5

    T.S.

    This was an interesting book. Easy to read. Nothing too serious. Almost reminded me of a B movie like Howard the Duck. And I don't mean it in a bad way. It was actually quite enjoyable but not the level of sci-fi like Enders Game or The Martian. The world was fun and almost reminded me of Expeditionary Force with its complex and unique cultures, AI, and humans. The plot was very well done, made sense, and was consistent. This is a very plot driven book. And because it is plot driven that means th This was an interesting book. Easy to read. Nothing too serious. Almost reminded me of a B movie like Howard the Duck. And I don't mean it in a bad way. It was actually quite enjoyable but not the level of sci-fi like Enders Game or The Martian. The world was fun and almost reminded me of Expeditionary Force with its complex and unique cultures, AI, and humans. The plot was very well done, made sense, and was consistent. This is a very plot driven book. And because it is plot driven that means the character development was on the weaker side. I didn't connect with the characters as much as I have in other sci-fi books I have read. The author never jumped into tertiary character issues and deeper arcs/flaws/fears/conflicts. The characters don't drive the story, they are almost there to push the plot along. Also, the constant POV jumps between Jade, Ironsides, Umlac were confusing and pulled me out of the story a bit. There was no flow to when the reader is jumping POV, no guide, and it becomes very jarring. That being said, the worldbuilding is great. It was an easy read and I am glad I read the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Williamson

    Aliens have arrived at Earth, but their message is not a happy one. They want help against a race of cyborgs or Earth will be enslaved. Thus our heroine is off to save the universe. This is book one of the series. This is a space opera story. The story is well written and easy to read, but with the universe as the stage, there is a lot of material to cover. This future setting is well detailed and there is a lot to explore, but we can only get a glimpse because our heroine has a mission. The chara Aliens have arrived at Earth, but their message is not a happy one. They want help against a race of cyborgs or Earth will be enslaved. Thus our heroine is off to save the universe. This is book one of the series. This is a space opera story. The story is well written and easy to read, but with the universe as the stage, there is a lot of material to cover. This future setting is well detailed and there is a lot to explore, but we can only get a glimpse because our heroine has a mission. The characters are pretty well done, but at times they feel a bit stereotyped. Which is not all bad as it makes it easier to get into the story in some ways. I felt the story moved at a good pace and there was plenty of action to keep it moving. Overall, it suffered a little bit as first book in a series, but was still very enjoyable and I look forward to seeing the next book. Recommended I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout for review purposes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Marginally Acceptable The book calls itself hard science fiction but it reads more like hard fantasy. There are elements of science and physics, but these are often overruled by magical and mystical properties for what appear to be common items. It’s interesting but this inability to define itself does the storyline no great benefit. Instead it leaves the reader trying to define a purpose each time a “new tech” item is described. Eventually I tired of this duality and lost interest in the overall Marginally Acceptable The book calls itself hard science fiction but it reads more like hard fantasy. There are elements of science and physics, but these are often overruled by magical and mystical properties for what appear to be common items. It’s interesting but this inability to define itself does the storyline no great benefit. Instead it leaves the reader trying to define a purpose each time a “new tech” item is described. Eventually I tired of this duality and lost interest in the overall experience. Death is treated frequently with disregard and while life is supposedly important it is not always treated as such. The hero, Jade, and the villain, Umlac, are easily identified but the supporting characters fade in and out in relevance making the storyline falter and fade. The preview promised much, and I stayed until that promise was a lost memory. Never did reach the end, and even that was OK.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shanell Meek

    Fun and very easy to read! Enemy Immortal: First Contact is a funny and full of twists and turns. Jade is the main character, she is funny, smart and really interesting. All of the characters in the book are well written and the storyline itself is just all around fun and easy to read. This is a great started book for anyone who doesn’t think they’ll like sci-fi type reads, because it is definitely not your typical sci-fi. I actually caught myself laughing out loud at some of the lines and scene Fun and very easy to read! Enemy Immortal: First Contact is a funny and full of twists and turns. Jade is the main character, she is funny, smart and really interesting. All of the characters in the book are well written and the storyline itself is just all around fun and easy to read. This is a great started book for anyone who doesn’t think they’ll like sci-fi type reads, because it is definitely not your typical sci-fi. I actually caught myself laughing out loud at some of the lines and scenes. I could definitely see myself reading more from this author. I do enjoy some sci-fi but I have to admit that this book is definitely more my pace when it comes to this type of read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    William Howe

    Not great Telling and not showing makes for a boring read. Add in a lack of understanding of hierarchical concepts and military/police conduct makes for an awkward story. There’s an underlying story that may have promise, but it was drowning in ridiculous nonsequiturs and an MC that acts more fanciful than her job/training/mission would seem to require. Not really characters so much as caricatures. I quit about 10% in. This needs more polish and content editing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Baptiste

    Interesting book, if you like hard science fiction you might enjoy it. This is a really hard-core science fiction book, with a lot of different aliens as well as science fiction technology. Not too sure about the character of Jade and her associates. If you like Hawaiian themes you will probably like this book, I myself have to read the second book decide what I really think of the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Hard science space opera Those are two terms that I had never expected to see used together, however, like chocolate & peanut-butter Mr. Meeks-Johnson makes them work like a Reese's cup. The setting is well crafted & the characters beautifully presented. My only quibble lies in the random typos scattered through the text, though even those did not detract from my enjoyment of this phenomenal read. Hard science space opera Those are two terms that I had never expected to see used together, however, like chocolate & peanut-butter Mr. Meeks-Johnson makes them work like a Reese's cup. The setting is well crafted & the characters beautifully presented. My only quibble lies in the random typos scattered through the text, though even those did not detract from my enjoyment of this phenomenal read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This book is very entertaining from start to finish. It features all the classic tropes and characters of a solid sci-fi/fantasy novel. Action, adventure, aliens, what more could you ask for? The author did a nice job of keeping the plot moving along and also created characters that are interesting, unique, and multi-dimensional. Overall a fun read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Corrine Cassels

    This was a fun read. Meeks-Johnson creates a super imaginative world filled with all kinds of odd, sometimes hilarious aliens and fast paced adventure. This would be a great intro into sci-fi novels for those who may feel intimidated with the genre. It has enough humor and storyline to keep readers of all genres entertained. Definitely reccomended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Rudisel

    A fun galaxy-spanning space romp. Lots of war and scheming and strategy and strange science and tech and existential threat to the whole human race. With lots of interesting and some pretty terrifying different kinds of aliens. Well-imagined and well-plotted. Action-packed! Impressive work from the father of a friend of mine.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sally Smith

    This is the good stuff! Interesting aliens, great characters, battles and fights galore, neat tech, funny parts, no typos. I read it in 3 nights, only took that many because I have to sleep eventually. Hard sci-fi at its purest.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

    Aliens, lasers, & flamethrowers - oh my! This was a fun science fiction romp. The imagination and worldbuilding were excellent and wide-ranging. So many fun ideas! Came wait to see where the next book goes!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Adams

    Great storyline, nice use of different species Liked the use of different species and the interaction between each, use of linguistics between them is new and weird for me. All in all a great start to a very good story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Waters

    Enemy Immortal is a fast-paced, action-filled science fiction novel full of unusual aliens, interesting science, and inter-species politics. The wry, light-hearted tone compliments the complex plot and action.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Sucks

  19. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Taylor

    Stopped reading. Couldn't get past the alien's intimidating eating habits at the beginning. Stopped reading. Couldn't get past the alien's intimidating eating habits at the beginning.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  21. 5 out of 5

    John W. Cross

  22. 4 out of 5

    John Parrott

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mr puffy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn E.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steven J Olsen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scott Miller

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Millo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Micah Meeks-Johnson

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