Review of Peter Cawdron’s ‘Xenophobia’

by on January 27, 2014

in book reviews, Entertainment

xenophobia book review

Xenophobia, by Peter Cawdron, is the tale of first contact and just how well or poorly humanity handles the situation.  And to be honest, I see this tale from Peter Cawdron as a pretty insightful prediction of just how first contact could go down, if it were to happen.

In Xenophobia, Earth is visited by aliens.  As they grace our planet with their mother ship.  And that doesn’t go well as far as how its perceived by humanity.

Dr. Elizabeth Bower, in a mercy medical mission, finds herself being asked to evacuate Africa via the Secretary-General of the United Nations.  But having patients that can’t be abandoned, and she stays.  Several soldiers stick around to help and escort her out of the region.

Meanwhile, the U.S. President is being called on the carpet for considering using nuclear force on the incoming space ships.

The world is confused.  But that’s the big picture.

The small picture is following Dr. Bower and the soldiers as they trek to safety.  Or try to.  But with humanity as it is, they encounter some of the dregs of fear and survival, of the need to take advantage of situations to one’s benefit.

Even if that includes taking advantage of one of our visitors.

But that is neither here nor there.

Once again Peter Cawdron addresses what we’ll do when confronted with contact with other worldly intelligence. He did it once before, brilliantly in Anomaly, and does it again, from a different angle in Xenophobia.

It’s first contact, gone awry, and yet, not. It’s a global story, then a story within a country, and then on a much broader scale.  Much broader.

Peter spins great stories based around good, solid science, peppered with action.

Yes, it’s a first contact story, but first, you need to meet the cast and the journey they will be on.  It’s a good solid build up to that which you want, but you have to take the journey Peter puts you on first.  Sure, there might be one or two cliches, but they’re well placed and used accordingly.  So don’t sweat it.

But it’s a worthy journey.  One I think you’d appreciate.  And this is the landscape of the world of indie authors, taking a swing at the system, one good book at a time.

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