Paperback, 376 pages

Published June 17, 2014 by Blue Bedlam Books.


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3 stars (1 review)

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960s. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it.

The ship itself remained silent, drifting.

Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it’s an adventure she can’t refuse.

The ship isn’t vacant, as they presumed.

A disembodied voice rumbles inside Jane’s head, "You are home."

Jane fights the growing doubts of her colleagues as she attempts to decipher what the alien wants from her. As the derelict ship devolves into chaos and the crew gets cut off from their escape route, Jane must decide if she can trust the …

3 editions

Mostly Good

3 stars

Pros: Easy to get through. The more detailed descriptions of alien technology and advanced science were easy to digest. The story on the whole was entertaining.

Cons: The characters and sub-plots occasionally felt trite. The main relationship developing between the MC and the secondary character felt unnecessarily lascivious ( I'm a published erotica author, I'm not prudish); out of place in book that was otherwise solely about first contact in an alien environment, and contained one of those 'weirdly written sex descriptions' that are frequently seen pulled from badly written sex scenes.

I don't feel I ever really got to know any of the side-characters much; they felt like they'd been added in only because the mission would have required that amount of people and so they had to be included and occasionally mentioned.

I'll be reading the second book in the series, only because I feel that the change …