This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m going to start this review by saying that I m kind of ashamed of myself for giving this novel three stars Honestly, it only deserves 2.5 at MOST, and that s me being kind because I liked the premise of the story The problem lied entirely in the execution I m just going to go ahead and give my issues in list form, because I can t really be bothered to think coherently enough to give a true review.1 Uh, Jesus parable, much Start with the tagline WE are the supermen Superman alone is e I m going to start this review by saying that I m kind of ashamed of myself for giving this novel three stars Honestly, it only deserves 2.5 at MOST, and that s me being kind because I liked the premise of the story The problem lied entirely in the execution I m just going to go ahead and give my issues in list form, because I can t really be bothered to think coherently enough to give a true review.1 Uh, Jesus parable, much Start with the tagline WE are the supermen Superman alone is enough of a Jesus parable, but Harris apparently didn t think that huge hint was clear enough His main character is named Adam Cain, and his wife s name is Maria Don t ask me what his daughter s name is, though it s only mentioned once early on in the book, and I don t remember it The point is couldn t he have chosen a name that wasn t biblical 2 These two are related, so I ll put them under one number the aliens have a lot of things that are eerily similar to human designs, and Adam remarks on this constantly and also has pretty annoying reactions Again, early on in the book, Adam is led to a bathroom by Kaylor and Jym Upon entering the room, he s stunned to find a row of sinks with mirrors over them, and, uh, toilet shaped toilets He thinks to himself how strange it is that the mirror sink combination looks like any public restroom, but then is shocked, ridiculously shocked, that the aliens use toilets C mon, Adam, you re on a spaceship What did you expect them to have A hole in the floor There are also a couple similar instances later on, each just as annoying.3 One very glaring inconsistency that annoyed the hell out of me at one point, Adam bends a bar that we must assume is metal because it s in a prison, right He has a little bit of difficulty with it, but he manages to do it Same thing with a random wall he has to hit it multiple times, but he does break a meter large hole in the wall Then he s considering how to escape the compound, and decides that he doesn t want to try to break the outer walls because they re made of brick and he doesn t know if he ll get through them To this I say so you can bend theoretically steel bars without breaking a sweat, but bricks are beyond you Oh, please.4 Adam Cain is an asshole I m sorry, but there s no other way to say it he s just a complete shithead The author honestly attempts to make him a good man by giving us his inner thoughts, but those attempts fall flat Why Well, because within two pages, he can go from not wanting to do something because it might kill billions of innocent aliens and humans, to describing killing a couple of aliens as crushing bugs Oh, and SPOILER, he ends the book by deciding to become an assassin For the love of the Jesus parable, Adam, PICK A THOUGHT AND STICK WITH IT Oh, he s also racist Not just against aliens, either.5 All the aliens smell bad Kid you not This is pretty much the first thing Adam thinks in the entire book, that the ship he s on smells bad And so do the lizardlike aliens that he kills Oh, and so do the Juiran, who are the leaders of the collection of alien worlds Adam has found himself in Every Single Alien Smells.6 Two things on the history of the known universe a there were seven habitable planets on the same star, and b they could see each other with primitive telescopes Look, I m no expert on astronomy, but neither of those seems likely What are the aliens of those seven planets like Only every single one of them is humanoid And, tiny bit of astronomy I DO know there s something called the Goldilocks Zone that a planet must exist in to make it habitable for humanoid life That zone is very small, and it is simply not possible for seven planets to exist in it at once So what I want to know is this what kind of alien lives on the planet closest to the sun, what kind of alien lives on the theoretically existing gas giants, and what kind of alien lives on the planet so far out it is made out of ice ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, HARRIS.7 When Adam gets into a fight with an alien from the most dangerous known race, he whips out a weapon that he s never used before and kills two or three aliens before any of them can get a shot off Woo, quickdraw Go Adam Except then you learn that the reason none of the others could get a shot off is because Adam moved faster than the targeting computer, and the aliens can t do that The reason for this That s just the way things are Really That s the best explanation you can come up with That s JUST HOW THINGS ARE 8 The bad guy, Riyad, is a Middle Eastern, b a former terrorist in comparison to Adam being a Navy Seal , c ruthless, d power hungry, and e a complete caricature of all bad guys ever See, Riyad and Adam have a little heart to heart in which they talk about what they did on Earth and what they believe among other,relevant things , and here s what you take from it Adam is a good, patriotic, caring average white American, and Riyad is AN EVIL TERRORIST FROM THE MIDDLE EAST OMG I don t see why this is necessary at all Do we really need an AMERICA RULES parable in the middle of this Jesus parable No No, we don t.9 And, finally, because I m sick of talking about this damn book abrupt ending is abrupt No, I m not talking about the ending of my review the ending of the book is literally spaceship explodes, Adam and Riyad contemplate how they were SO CLOSE to getting back to Earth before describing what they re likely going to be doing for the entirety of the next book Yup, that s the ending And it kindly includes an advertisement for the sequel How kind of you, Mr Harris So yeah There were a couple redeeming qualities to the book, but nothing to allow me to say this book was actually good I kind of liked Kaylor, at least at first he reminded me a lot of Mal from Firefly at first Sadly, he s who Mal would be if Mal was a coward Harris also had some really good ideas spread throughout the book the premise, for one thing, and then near the end Adam thinks to himself that humanity isn t ready to be introduced to the alien world because they d just, you know, be humans and kill everything in their way I d really have liked to see what this book could have become under the guidance of a competent editor, but that is sadly not meant to be.Still, I probably will read the next book Because 1 my dad s already bought it, so why not, and 2 this was just entertaining enough to keep me awake while I was supposed to be paying attention in class, so the sequel will likely come in handy next semester Yay Okay, so this book looked interesting, so I decided to give it a try It basically has a similar start to many Sci Fi stories like Buck Rogers, or Farscape, in which a modern day character is thrust unwillingly into a sci fi setting What I like about it is that much of these events are viewed from the point of view of the aliens This feels quite fresh as we read about this mysterious alien.Another thing that s interesting is the concept that humans are superior to the aliens in most ways It Okay, so this book looked interesting, so I decided to give it a try It basically has a similar start to many Sci Fi stories like Buck Rogers, or Farscape, in which a modern day character is thrust unwillingly into a sci fi setting What I like about it is that much of these events are viewed from the point of view of the aliens This feels quite fresh as we read about this mysterious alien.Another thing that s interesting is the concept that humans are superior to the aliens in most ways It s almost a reverse Superman though Adam is no way near as powerful.There are some well done comedic moments, like when the aliens translator translates planet Earth to planet Dirt, as well as a few colourful insults that the aliens struggle to work out.One of the best parts of the book though is something that s not fully realised, but I hope will be fleshed out in future books is the relationship between Adam and Riyad Being political enemies on Earth, they are now thrust into this unfamiliar environment and both are trying to get home, though for different reasons It s a put your differences aside kind of thing, and Harris does a good job of writing from both POVs and doesn t fall into the trap of Riyad being evil just because America went to war against his country.There are a few things I didn t like however While the world is detailed and has a large background, we have far too many info dumps of stuff we don t really need to know, like the inner workings of ships, or some of the histories Also, with the over enthusiastic blurb, and the repetition of the Vitruvian Man for each chapter heading, I feel Harris is trying too hard The writing itself could do with a bit of work, but I ve certainly read worse, and bad writing can only detract from a story if you are unable to know what s going on, so here, he succeeds.All in all, a decent book I ve bought the rest in the series, and am looking forward to reading them all One reason I bought a Kindle is to indulge my love for cheap science fiction without cluttering my bookshelves with paperbacks that I will probably never open again Somehow, I just can t discard a book, even a cheap science fiction paper back The Fringe Worlds The Human Chronicles Book Oneis a perfect example This ain t great literature folks, but it is a fun and enjoyable yarn It is the story of a Navy Seal who is kidnapped by aliens and wakes up in a universe very different than the on One reason I bought a Kindle is to indulge my love for cheap science fiction without cluttering my bookshelves with paperbacks that I will probably never open again Somehow, I just can t discard a book, even a cheap science fiction paper back The Fringe Worlds The Human Chronicles Book Oneis a perfect example This ain t great literature folks, but it is a fun and enjoyable yarn It is the story of a Navy Seal who is kidnapped by aliens and wakes up in a universe very different than the one he thought he knew The kicker is that the aliens, though very intelligent, are weak and slow They think the human is some kind of super being because of his incredible strength, speed, and agility I love that part of the story I am sick and tired of stories where the aliens have the special powers and we humans are the weak ones Please I think that only reveals the authors low opinion of their humanity and therefore of themselves or their intellectual laziness in just following a line of story telling that has been around since at least My Favorite Martian.This novel is the first in what is apparently to be a trilogy, consequently, it ends rather abruptly and with an obvious plug for the next installment in the series It is self published and does havethan the usual typos and grammar mistakes that can be jarring This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In fairness to the author and the fact that there are apparently 23 books in this series I will at the very least read the next one As for this first book I honestly thought it sucked Two humans, both kidnapped by aliens meet in outer space One is a Marine and the other a Syrian terrorist who wants to get back to earth and take over the planet Are you kidding me. This book was a quick paced and pretty mindeless read, you can easily read it in the bus or the train.In this book the humans are the super race, we are faster, stronger,intelligent andcunning than any other race out there.Not because our technologie is superior or we used gen modifications on the whole race, we are just better It is not clearly described why we are, our gravity is higher than standard and we areprimitve then the advanced races, these are the only explanations This book was a quick paced and pretty mindeless read, you can easily read it in the bus or the train.In this book the humans are the super race, we are faster, stronger,intelligent andcunning than any other race out there.Not because our technologie is superior or we used gen modifications on the whole race, we are just better It is not clearly described why we are, our gravity is higher than standard and we areprimitve then the advanced races, these are the only explanations given in this book.Now normally that would not let me rate this book bad, but the author goes a bit over the line with it The aliens also have really shitty technologie and the only thing they can do better than humans is spacetravel The maincharacter is a navy seal from the team that killed Obama, later there is a second human introduced who is evil and wants to rule the world Now just guess which nationality and what religion this guy could have Yeah right All in all the book was ok and a good way to waste some time, i however do not feel like i want to continue and read the rest of the series Very entertaining it kept me reading, and made me laugh several times The first surprise was that it wasn t a mindless shoot em up, which is what some of the reviews warned of I wouldn t class it as a shoot em up at all, since the action scenes all moved the plot forward, and weren t just added for show.The story was interesting, and every time I thought I knew where it was going, it took a sharp turn and went somewhere else I loved the unexpected plot twists I loved the well thought out Very entertaining it kept me reading, and made me laugh several times The first surprise was that it wasn t a mindless shoot em up, which is what some of the reviews warned of I wouldn t class it as a shoot em up at all, since the action scenes all moved the plot forward, and weren t just added for show.The story was interesting, and every time I thought I knew where it was going, it took a sharp turn and went somewhere else I loved the unexpected plot twists I loved the well thought out alien technology, much of which made perfect sense such as how to know what to feed an alien Humans are the aliens in this book Little details such as the concept of keeping track of time, days, or years, in space, added flavor to the story.The humor had me laughing in several places, and I won t clue you in with spoilers One of my favorite segments was our introduction to Humans in the book, through the eyes of the aliens We don t step back often enough to see ourselves as others might see us, and I loved this aspect of the story.There are a few cuss words here and there, which I only mention because I give this book 10 stars for the Best Use of a Cuss Word EVER One distraction for me was that a potential bad guy at least he s a bad guy in Book One, I don t know whether this will change as the series progresses was stereotypical, so I m hoping that he turns out to be a good guy later Also, that Humans could actually be such bad asses in the universe obviously we are mentally capable of every conceivable mode of badness, it s just hard to believe that we could pull it off with such advanced races.The distractions did not detract from the entertainment value, or the joy of reading Fringe Worlds I like reading alien books that give you things to think about even after you re done reading Well done BTW Fringe Worlds is the epitome of being Lost in Space That was one of my favorite thinkers Kaylor and Jym are out in the Fringe a kind of no man s land where there aren t too many rules when they notice a space ship being attacked by pirates They carry out a plan to trick the pirates into abandoning the ship and find everyone on the ship dead well, not every one one of the unwilling passengers was still alive, confused and angry The unwilling passenger, Adam Cain, a US Navy Seal, was confused because his last memory was a mission in Afghanistan and no memory of how he got t Kaylor and Jym are out in the Fringe a kind of no man s land where there aren t too many rules when they notice a space ship being attacked by pirates They carry out a plan to trick the pirates into abandoning the ship and find everyone on the ship dead well, not every one one of the unwilling passengers was still alive, confused and angry The unwilling passenger, Adam Cain, a US Navy Seal, was confused because his last memory was a mission in Afghanistan and no memory of how he got to be in this predicament and just who or what are Kaylor and Jym anyway A fairly enjoyable story with a few twists along the way.Unfortunately, the book was spoiled with several spelling and grammar errors for example, use of the word staked instead of stacked, this instead of his, way instead of away the list goes on If you can overlook those, a good read This is the first book in a five book series that makes a human the alien in the Fringe Worlds Abducted by the Zlin from earth and transported many light years from his home planet, Adam Cain is confronted with an assortment of sentient races as he survives and tries to find a way back to Earth and his family The characters and the plot are well developed, but Adam s journey is just beginning after all, there are at least fourbooks in this part of the series and a second part of the Hum This is the first book in a five book series that makes a human the alien in the Fringe Worlds Abducted by the Zlin from earth and transported many light years from his home planet, Adam Cain is confronted with an assortment of sentient races as he survives and tries to find a way back to Earth and his family The characters and the plot are well developed, but Adam s journey is just beginning after all, there are at least fourbooks in this part of the series and a second part of the Human Chronicles that has at least threebooks I really enjoyed reading this book and will continue the series By the way, a number of the books can be read for free if you have a Kindle e book reader and anPrime membership If you like science fiction, I think you will like this book Adam Cain is an alien with an Attitude After all, how would you feel if you were abducted by aliens and transported into a strange, new universe away from your home, your family everything familiar to you Would it make you happy Not likely Now imagine you re stronger, faster and coordinated than every alien you encounter Would you start kicking some ass Of course you would This is the story of Human superiority in the galaxy, a gritty, realistic profile of a young Navy SEAL who doesn t like aliens very much and he makes them pay for disrupting his happy life back on Earth Navy SEAL Adam Cain wakes up and finds himself on an alien ship that was about to be boarded by pirates but had been intercepted instead by a salvage ship.After the shock of realising where he is wears off, he then discovers that no one knows the location of earth to get him back home.Clues are on the alien ship, but various factions want the secrets for themselves Adam and the salvage crew get into various scrapes along the way They also find out that humans are better and stronger than most Navy SEAL Adam Cain wakes up and finds himself on an alien ship that was about to be boarded by pirates but had been intercepted instead by a salvage ship.After the shock of realising where he is wears off, he then discovers that no one knows the location of earth to get him back home.Clues are on the alien ship, but various factions want the secrets for themselves Adam and the salvage crew get into various scrapes along the way They also find out that humans are better and stronger than most other species they encounter.The characters behave believably enough, the uneasy alliance between the salvagers and Adam as they get to know about each other is done quite well.The other species all have their own quirks and customs to make them unique