Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict--The Arrival Hardcover – Dec 17 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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From Library Journal
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I have enjoyed catching up with this interesting, though sometimes uneven, series now that SciFi is showing it. Read morePublished on March 19 2002
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 morePublished on June 12 2001
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 morePublished on Dec 25 2000 by GRIZZLY
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 morePublished on Nov. 30 2000 by Chris Kidd
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 morePublished on July 3 2000
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2000
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 morePublished on Jan. 15 2000
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2000 by Siobhan Mooney