In Australian author Renneberg’s (The Siren Project, 2012) blockbuster science-fiction thriller, humanity comes in contact with a vastly advanced alien race.
When an apparent meteor falls in a remote area of Australia’s Northern Territory, a diverse group of people heads off to investigate the site, including a zoologist who ran a research station that had all of its metal removed by an unidentified flying object; a band of beer-swilling hunters; an Aborigine hunter; and an elite military team that specializes in dealing with extraterrestrials. The fallen object turns out not to be a meteorite at all, but a massive alien mother ship that has inexplicably crash-landed. It soon becomes apparent that the aliens have begun to mine the area with drones and seem to be building a breathtakingly large defensive bridgehead. Some of the humans want to study the aliens and attempt to communicate with the crash survivors, while others want to simply nuke them off the face of the Earth. But two questions remain: What do these aliens want, and why are they here? Renneberg seamlessly and brilliantly intertwines his storylines (and includes a vivid and fascinating description of the aliens’ back story) while also examining humankind’s myriad shortcomings. First-contact stories are common in science fiction, but Renneberg’s highly original novel successfully avoids clichés while also providing a highly readable, breakneck-paced story. Readers will likely enjoy its bombshell plot twists and its fitting (and mind-blowing) conclusion.
A compelling, visionary must-read for literary sci-fi fans that recalls genre classics by Frederik Pohl and Arthur C. Clarke.