Tev is a hunter, one of the best in his clan. Trained since birth in the art of tracking and killing, Tev has never met a challenge he couldn't overcome. But when a mysterious fireball falls from the sky, Tev will question everything he has ever known. For the first time in his life, he isn't the one doing the hunting.
He is the prey.
Primal Dawn is the first short novel of the Primal Series, spanning centuries of conflict following first contact. Each novel tells a complete story in the ongoing saga of two cultures learning to explore the vastness of space together.
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"No visuals, no vitals, no control any more."
Primal Dawn is an unusual, engaging and well written first contact story. A jump ship lands it's crew on a planet "a long way from home" which had indicated some anomalies. A signal from the distant past had been identified as coming from the planet and a probe sent to the surface had never returned. Was there , or had there ever been, life there?
The crew's discovery is dramatic and poses at least as many questions as are answered. In an effective writing strategy, the author interspersed chapters from the ship's personel point of view with that of the indigenous population and cleverly captures the emotional reactions of both.
The narration is excellent with Andrew Tell fully taking on the personas of all of the protagonists as well as giving further life to the text. His voice is clear and pleasant and fully adapts to the story as it proceeds.
An enjoyable, rather touching book which I fully recommend to science fiction fans. My thanks to the rights holder of Primal Dawn for the gift of this book, via Audiobook Boom. It was easy and quick to hear, simple and yet thought provoking. I look forward to a follow up volume.
- Norma Miles