A "Blockbuster science fiction thriller." - KIRKUS REVIEWSA massive alien ship crashes into one of the most remote places on Earth – cutting all contact with the region.
Within hours, Major Robert Beckman and his specially equipped Contact Team are hurriedly dispatched from Area 51 to investigate. Is it a forced landing, or the beginning of an invasion - a technological treasure trove, or an extraterrestrial pandora’s box that spells disaster for life on Earth?
Infiltrating the vast tropical wilderness of northern Australia, Beckman’s team encounter strange machines, alien structures and a handful of human survivors struggling to evade capture.
When Beckman’s team penetrates to the heart of the Mothership, they discover an answer they never expected and a universe far larger than they had ever imagined.
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 mothership 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 one question remains: 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’ backstory) while also, along the way, 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.