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Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict--Requiem For Boone [Hardcover]

Debra Doyle , James D. Macdonald
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Aug. 19 2000 Gene Roddenberry's Earth--Final Conflict (Book 4)
William Boone. When the Taelons came to Earth, he was tapped to be the human who would work most closely with Da'an, the mysteriously powerful and enigmatic leader who speaks for the alien Companions.

Boone became many things: confidant, bodyguard, interpreter...and undercover agent for the human Resistance. But little has been told of Boone's past, of the events that prepared him for this perilous assignment.

Now it is revealed: from his duty overseas during the S/I War to his life in the United States, from the arrival of aliens on Earth to his first encounter with the mysterious Augur, here for the first time is the story behind mankind's first double agent in the underground war between human and alien--and the Resistance's first martyr.

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The third tie-in novel to the Earth: Final Conflict TV series is a straightforward futuristic thriller, set in the days before and during the arrival on Earth of the alien Taelons. Maj. Will Boone, an Army Special Operation agent, is offered a job with the Denver Police Department. Happily, his wife, a computer wizard, is willing to leave her top-secret position to go with him. In Denver, Boone finds himself on the trail of both illegal hackers and murders suspected of being Taelon work. But nothing is as it seems, of course; there are wheels within wheels and conspiracies within conspiracies. And it turns out that the real danger lies not with the Taelons, but with a pseudoresistance organization, apparently trying to provoke an apocalyptic rebellion against the Taelons in order to rule the ruined Earth afterward. Boone, his enterprising wife and a hacker named Augur barely escape with their lives as they break up this conspiracy on behalf of the real resistance, with government backing. Boone is eventually appointed bodyguard to the Taelon Companion for North America, which clearly promises further volumes. And that's good news: the Boones make an attractive team. Longtime collaborators Doyle and Macdonald (The Stars Asunder, etc) have once more proved their versatility and skill, and fans of the series will enjoy this well-paced and technologically sound entry. (Aug.)
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In the latest tie-in to TV's popular Earth: Final Conflict, army special forces major Will Boone encounters the Companions while contacting a missing special forces team during the Sino-Indian War. Returning to the U.S., he is quickly separated from the army to become a Denver police officer, and Kate, an accomplished computer expert, leaves her secret post to join him. It is just as well that they are together, for Boone's job is actually that of a double agent. He is to force into the open a resistance organization bent on creating hostility to the Companions, so a conspiratorial clique in the government can move to suppress them. The clique then means to manipulate the Companions to establish its members as the dictatorial rulers of North America. With its second half nonstop action, this is a sound technothriller that rises above being just that, thanks to skillful characterization. Roland Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Writing July 29 2002
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Format:Paperback
Augur, a sexy character already, has a very sexy conflict with Kate, Boone's wife, while Boone is chasing down bad guys. Tight action, great humor, and some nifty computer wizardry make this a must read for all science fiction fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flat May 28 2002
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Format:Hardcover
The writing doesn't have a pulse. The series seems to have fallen victim to drone writing assignments.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dry and Lacking Value May 26 2002
Format:Hardcover
A potentially imaginative project has been cranked out with no fire, no magic. Very dry and uninspired writing ruins an otherwise fascinating Roddenberry treasure. Really disappointing. Critics or English teachers might have done a better job of breathing life into this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Borrow, don't buy. Oct. 26 2000
Format:Paperback
I'm not impressed with this one. It was supposed to give the readers (fans of E:FC) a glimpse into Boone's past, chronicle his first meeting with Augur, etc., etc. I didn't learn anything about Boone I didn't already know. The "first meeting" was trite. The book's one saving grace was the development of Kate, Boone's wife, a data wrangler of some considerable skill.
So many things were glossed over, Kate's participation in the mysterious project, the "Octopus," the arrival of the Taelons, etc. It became very frustrating. Frankly, this book read like a "backstory sketch" meant to provide other writers with a little background information in order to write more detailed books of their own. I'm sorry I bought it.
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