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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 Another great EFC novel July 29 2000
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
More for EFC fans than the previous "First Protector", this is a more personal novel focusing on one of EFC's most beloved characters, William Boone.
This book chronicles some of Boone's life as a cop before the death of his wife and his double-agent alliance with the Resistance and the Taelons. I never really got much of a look into Boone's mind during the first season of EFC, so being able to see these events through his eyes was very, very pleasing for me. I think I like him better now, that I've seen someone's fairly accurate portrayal of him.
This book is shorter and less lyrical than "Protector" and less eerily dreamlike than "Arrival," but it's about a cop-the writing is in sync with that. Slightly confusing and a bit choppy were the letters from Boone's wife Kate, sprinkled throughout the text, but this did not detract much from my overall enjoyment.
A minor note: The cover is slightly inaccurate, as it identifies Boone as "Da'an's first protector". In fact, Da'an's first protector was Ronald Sandoval. Boone was the second.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet Aug. 10 2000
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Format:Hardcover
This novel is not just great for the EFC fan who knows the show, and can get a chuckle at Augur's techwizardry running as a subthread in the background, but as a novel on its own.
Doyle and Macdonald are known for their realistic view of the inside of the military mind, and their realistic tech detail. They provide Boone with a believable background, give his wife (who got all of two lines in a single episode) with a wonderful personality, and spin out a taut, humor-laced tale that is not just good media fiction, but good science fiction.
Recommended for everyone; those who haven't seen the show can easily figure out what's going on. (And who knows? Maybe they'll want to tune in to the fourth season!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading Oct. 2 2000
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best books I have ever read.The human nature and spiritual exploring the novle expresses can deeply move the readers.And the background--a science fiction world--supplies such a wonderful,broad environment to set in the very story about humans and talons.The whole story is so complex and mysterious that it makes me take an interest in it.I am very glad to learn that 'Ma'El and 'Da'An are almost the same person,both have elegant behaviour and are much more intellectual than orther Talons.The tow represent a noble spirit and possibility of friendship between humans and talons.But it doesn't come ture in the end.For me,a big fan of 'Da'An,it is a pity.By the way,the TV show is rather good.
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