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Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict--The Arrival [Hardcover]

Fred Saberhagen
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Dec 17 1999 Earth: Final Conflict (Book 1)
Jonathan Doors. A man at the head of the world's largest corporation, Doors International. A man of wealth and power, with the resources to change the world. A man whose life is about to change forever.

In the early days of the twenty-first century, The Earth stands still to hear the message: "We are the Companions...."

The Taelons have arrived from beyond the stars on mission of mercy, to help humanity claim its destiny. Contacted by these Companions, Jonathan Doors helps introduce the aliens and their fantastic technology to the world. but there is a dark shadow behind the Taelons' bright promises, and when it is revealed to Jonathan Doors, he will become their greatest enemy.

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With this enticing novel, the prolific Saberhagen (Ariadne's Web, reviewed above) offers a prequel adventure to Gene Roddenberry's popular television series Earth: Final Conflict. Multibillionaire Jonathan Doors is the focus of this account of the first visit to Earth by deep space Taelons and of the formation of the human Resistance. The Taelons come bearing "many wondrous things," including a possible cure for Doors's wife, Amanda, who is dying of cystic fibrosis at the dawn of the third millennium. Despite the Taelons' apparent goodwill, Doors struggles with his distrust of the aliens, especially when they evidence a sinister curiosity about his recently purchased Hearst estate, the art-filled San Simeon. While Doors puzzles over the real motive of Taelon emissary Va'lon, Doors's father, Jubal, shows up with a tall tale about a high-profile party that took place at San Simeon in 1936. Jubal, then 16, was invited to the party to accompany a young Marilynesque starlet, but while there he stumbled into some intergalactic trouble. Jubal's detailed account of his "trip of a lifetime" picks up the novel's previously dragging pace, and his descriptions of a space station where "re-adaptation" occurs convey a vivid sense of aural and spatial disorientation. When the Taelons' actions confirm his father's story, Doors goes into action. The ensuing excitement includes a miniwar, a cleverly disguised superpower entity that gives the Taelons a run for their money and, in the novel's frantic conclusion, some old-fashioned knuckle-sandwich work: in other words, space operatics enough to satisfy any fan. (Dec.) FYI: In February, Tor will release the second novel in the Earth: Final Conflict series, The First Protector by SF veteran James White.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The beginning of the third millennium brings with it the arrival of the alien race known as Taelons. At first, multibillionaire Jonathan Doors welcomes the seemingly peaceful extraterrestrial visitors and uses his influence to introduce them to Earth's movers and shakers. When he discovers the true purpose of their visit, however, Doors disappears, becoming a fugitive bent on the destruction of the Taelons. Based on the popular TV series originated by the late Gene Roddenberry, Saberhagen's latest novel explores the dark secrets behind the Taelons's arrival on Earth. The author of the Beserker series demonstrates his skill at bringing depth and insight to the story of one man's bitter confrontation with the truth. Media fans will welcome this first installment in a continuing series.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I thought this book was OK. Not great. I would think they would want to start the EFC book line with the best story they could get. Still this book had it's good points. It didn't totally rewrite EFC history. The story does explain how Doors starts to suspect and work against the Talons. Thats the good point of the book.
The bad points. Mainly technical plot errors. Errors which show that the writer of this book does not exactly watch the show reguarly. 1. The writer does have the Talons touching humans, taking and mimicing their DNA. 2. A rocket missile is said to have hit a Talon shuttle, but the shuttle isn't even scratched. This is contradictory to an episode in which a shuttle is destroyed by a rocket launcher. 3. This mistake was a major disapointment to read. The write says a Talon is scratched, bleeding black blood. Hello! The Talons are suppose to be pure energy! They just had an episode about the Talons being worshiped just becuase of that. There are also numerous refrenses in the show to this fact. (Like when Zo'or was a jury member in the Ro'ha trial.)
I know it's just a book based on a show, but it's still sooo much more enjoyable when a book accurately fits in with the show's plots.
Bottom line: wait for the Paper back if you must read this. Don't get me wrong, the book is good in some points. Just little details like these just ruin the plot sometimes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Reading & Inaccurate Story Line Jan. 9 2000
The story begins with the arrival of the companions on earth. One of the last ships carrying two Taelons lands near Doors' home. Shortly after their arrival, Doors and Va'lon find themselves at the Hearst Castle which Jonathan recently purchased for $2 Billion. Jonathan's father then arrives and begins to tell of his encounter with a Taelon when he was only a teenager in 1936.
About half the 315 page book is spent describing his father's experience and the story line slows to a crawl.
The book ends in a furious battle with a militia and the deaths of several people.
The author does not provide a story which is accurate to the Earth: Final Conflict television show. The Taelons land on earth and have already assumed their pale skin color. As many of us know from the TV series, Taelons are a glowing blue color until they touch another human at which time they sample our DNA and are then capable of taking on a form similar to our own.
This book does not offer any important insight to the plot of EFC and is overall a bland read. The TV show is a visual masterpiece and the author unfortunately did not do a good job of providing a visual account of things. I was sadly disappointed and as a result I do not recommend you bother to purchase this novel. Instead check it out at a local library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Companion Mystery Dec 6 1999
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I am a big fan of the television series, Gene Roddenburry's Earth: Final Conflict, and personally I would have found myself reading this book one way or another. I was happily surprised, though, by both the ability of the author to accurately portray the Taelons, and by the actual basis of the story. At first review, I believed the novel would span a much longer period of time after the arrival of the alien Companions. As I found out, half of the book is actually spent in a flashback that yields incredible information about both the Taelons and another mysterious type of being that I had not known about previously through the TV program. This past-tense adventure, told through the eyes of Jonathan Doors' father, is an insightful tale in itself, bordering on fantasy slightly more than science fiction. Then, following Jubal Doors' confessional, occurrences in the present begin to uncannily equate to those from the past. Pure action encompasses the better part of the conclusion of the novel, and thus the reader knows what Jonathan Doors truly stands for. As was Gene Roddenburry's ongoing intension, the mystery of alien abilities never ceases throughout the tale. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested, whether or not the reader has knowledge of the show on TV. Of course, I believe that having watched the show since its premiere made this first tale of The Arrival even more comprehensible, and certainly much more intriguing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A must read - for insomniacs! A Major Yawn! March 20 2000
What a disappointment! After eagerlay awaiting the first EFC book and having to have it 'hot off the press', after only a few chapters I wondered why I bothered. The author began the story with gusto then became mired in the most boring trivia, going on ad nauseum for over a hundred pages where nothing more happened than Doors slept / tried to find food / got lost / found his way again and had some terrible visions. The inaccuracies with the storyline were a glaring embarrassment. One could have forgiven those errors if the story had been rivetting enough to hold a reader's attention. The only saving grace, I really liked the dust cover. Please Mr. Saberhagen do your homework before you attempt another novel. It makes for excellent bedtime reading ... for an insomniac.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Cool Dec 27 1999
'The Arrival' is an ultra-cool book, it is not nearly as 'fannish' as one would expect. There are some plot problems, but not major ones, for example, the show suggests the first Taelon landings were during the day, not at night. Also, the cover is slightly misleading-it shows the EFC character 'Lili Marquette', but she is not even mentioned in this book. Most of 'The Arrival is written in a flash back to 1936, a time when Doors' father is 'abducted' by the Taelon 'Lekron.' Dispite the fact that most books based on tv shows are quick reads, this book is well written. I reccomend this book to EFC fans-you know who you are-and others, though if you are not an Earth Final Conflict fan, I suggest you watch the show for a better understanding of the characters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, BAD Book
I have enjoyed catching up with this interesting, though sometimes uneven, series now that SciFi is showing it. Read more
Published on March 19 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into
I am a big fan of Earth Final Conflict and I was looking forward to the book but I got a little bored with it. It seems to drag on in sections but its a good book. Read more
Published on June 12 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars For the MONEY?!!
I've probably read over a million pages of Sci-Fi in my 49 years,including just about every word written by Heinlein and Clarke. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2000 by GRIZZLY
2.0 out of 5 stars And if you really like the word "and" you'll love this book.
And I thought this book was really disappointing. And instead of being about how the Taelons came to Earth and it's mostly about Doors father in the 1930's. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2000 by Chris Kidd
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth Final Conflict: The Arrival
I enjoyed "EFC: The Arrival." I expected the story line of the book to be somewhat different than the television series and was proven correct. Read more
Published on July 3 2000 by "dianeb27"
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected (though I wasn't expecting much)
Usually books that spin off of serialized TV shows tend toward the negligiable, but Saberhagen wisely sets this book at a point before the show's premiere, and sets up some... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars "Earth Final Conflict's History re-written"
This book was very bad. I always have a problem when authors go back in the history of a story line without knowing what the show is all about. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan of EFC, but was sorely disappointed
I'm afraid that this novel was very painful reading. The plot flowed slowly, (which would have been okay, if it had only been more substantial,). The dialogue was wooden. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2000 by Siobhan Mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Gotta Love It! ! !
I recently bought this book, and being the avid fan of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict that I am, I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2000 by Barry Thomas
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