Fluency : Confluence

  • by Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by Susanna Burney
  • Series: Confluence
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. 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 alien's help to survive.


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Customer Reviews

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Writing Feels Immature

I felt slightly bothered by the story through out. I had the feeling I was reading a story written by a bright high school student rather than that of an adult.

The male characters were particularly badly written. One character is clearly meant to be genius bad boy and so constantly thinks about six and acts dumb when it comes to understanding relationships but then is written to have thoughts and feelings that are totally at odds with his established character such as reading to the body language between two people and noticing exact shades of cosmetics. It seems unlikely to me that the two would coexist and it seems more likely that he's simply ended up being written as internally as a rude, sec obsessed lesbian because the author really doesn't understand men.

The technology also has a distinct feeling of sci-fi magic. The book even makes reference to the "Clarke quote" about "any sufficiently advanced technology..." but it feels abused here to simply explain away any inconvenient plot problems.

Overall these problems spoilt a story that was never all that interesting anyway. The ending is meant to be a cliff hangar but I'm profoundly uninterested in what may come next in any case and don't think I'll be listening to any further books in this series.
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- Feanix

Good Space Adventure

Page turner type fast developing "near future" action. A women as the hero with that issue being well developed in current context. Great storytelling. Can't wait for sequel.
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- Marc

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2014
  • Publisher: Blue Bedlam Books