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Trang: Book 1 of the Exciting Trang Series! (Trang #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
"Trang is a clever return to the social sci-fi of yesteryear."—The New Podler Review of Books.

Award-winning writer Mary Sisson brings you the tale of Philippe Trang, the first human diplomat assigned to a mysterious alien station. Haunted by a recent mission that went very wrong, Trang realizes that not everyone on Earth would like his mission to succeed—and the aliens ha
Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 27th 2011 by Createspace (first published January 4th 2011)
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Jun 12, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In Trang, by Mary Sisson, a missing satellite orbiting Saturn leads to the discovery of a mysterious portal. After several years of communicating with the aliens residing in a space station on the other side, a diplomatic mission is sent through the portal. The expeditionary force consists of a diplomat, the titular character Philippe Trang, and a squad of Special Forces, headed by the feisty Shanti, to provide security. Once at the station, humanity's representatives meet other alien races and ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Disclaimer: I received this ebook via the LibraryThing Member Giveaway direct from the author. I'd like to thank Ms. Sisson for going above and beyond to ensure that my copy was not trapped in an erroneous email spam filter. I'd also like to apologize to her for taking so long in writing this review.

First contact with an alien civilization has been established. As our race communicates with and investigates those behind the contact, we learn there are multiple races living in relative harmony ab
Jan 06, 2012 Rudy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Mary Sisson's Trang reads like a mini space opera, covering the first posting of a human diplomat to an alien space station. The first chapter of the book lays down a situation that engaged my interest and had me wanting to find out what happens next, and this forward momentum is carried throughout the rest of the book.

While the diplomat Trang and his Special Forces security chief Shanti are well developed as was their evolving relationship to each other, there were so
Bard Bloom
Mar 16, 2013 Bard Bloom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trang, by Mary Sisson, is a surprisingly clever novel about the world's first space diplomat, dealing with a collection of strange and not always comprehensible alien species on space station. He is assisted, and “assisted”, in this task by a platoon of space marines: extraordinarily tough and rude killing specialists.

The aliens are the stars of the book. Each species is distinctive, and most are unusual. Their motivations range from comprehensible to obscure, which is a good thing for aliens.

Mar 06, 2011 D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far about half way through and SOMETHING needs to happen. Formatting is weird. Reading on Kindle, double line spaces between paragraphs, no indents, occasional omitted word or wrong word used. I don't think anyone ever hears "footprints" although they can hear "footsteps".

3/4 of the way though and it just gets worse. Must...keep...reading... Also note this book keeps dragging my mind back to the far better Brin Cameron series by C. J. Cherryh. Trang has
Sep 02, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trang starts with Wouter Hoopen the general manager of the Titan Station trying to get funding and worried about his future promotion potential. Then everything changes when a hole in space opens and on the other side is an alien station. Sisson has a true gift to write humor in her narration.

Phillipe Trang the first human representative is a wonderful character, but my favorite character is Shanti one of his body guards from the Special Forces. Sission excels at characterization through dialogu
Aug 24, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, own
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I am so glad I did! While I am not a writer (as you can probably tell from my review), I am an avid reader, and was very happy to find this little gem among the many rough books I've received to review. The plot kept moving forward at a good pace. The writing was crisp, clean, and well edited. I was able to connect with the characters as they matured throughout the course of the book. I appreciated the straightforwardness of the ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Trang, both the book and the character, reminded me of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Trang the book is an interesting story of first contact with a number of aliens on a space station. The different alien species are very different from each other and the interactions are an essential part of the plot. Trang the character is the human diplomat trying to make sense of it all, as well as of his military guards. The story is very character-driven, which I enjoyed, but also has a good dose of a ...more
Bill Thibadeau
Mar 29, 2012 Bill Thibadeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this story of the first human interaction with alien species to be interesting. I am normally not a sci-fi reader but won this book from LibraryThing.

This story was well crafted and written. The different species types and their interactions was interesting and I found myself anxious to read more to see what happens next.

I especially enjoyed the characters and their development. The author does a good job quickly establishing the many characters in a way that I was able to grasp each as
Nicole Roberts
May 18, 2015 Nicole Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a series. It revolves around Earth finding aliens that are friendly and wanting to to engage in learning about each other. There are a few different types of aliens and the author does a really good job differentiating each type from the others. The Earth diplomat is put in a unique position and the story unfolds really well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was slightly disappointed when it was over. The author does a really fantastic job of showing the different per ...more
Michael Pearce
Apr 07, 2013 Michael Pearce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Sisson has created a good science fiction novel of the old school. An interesting premise handled well. It held my attention and kept me reasonably engaged, but it lacked something for me. I found the characters a tiny bit flat; I vaguely hoped things would work out well for them rather than rooting for them. Don't get me wrong; I liked it well enough to recommend this book, and I will buy the sequel, but it fell a little short for me. Definitely worth reading though.
Jul 16, 2013 Creed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is "personality" SciFi. The story revolves more around personalities than battles, conquests, technology, or xenophobia. Consequently the main characters are well developed and their interactions form the basis for the story. I found this story both refreshing and entertaining. I will be moving on to the next in the series.
Apr 09, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent book. I quite enjoyed it, especially the politics side, and it 'felt' right. The main problem I had was that sometimes the aliens weren't well described, so it was hard to picture them. Looking forward to reading the next one though.
Jan 15, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Falling Skies fans
Recommended to Leah by: LibraryThing
When alien life is discovered, Earth sends Philippe Trang as a diplomat. Soon, though, he discovers secrets that put him, the aliens, and Earth in danger. This was a great read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves mystery, sci-fi, and some foul language.
Aug 04, 2015 MIKE ROBERTS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like This book

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was afraid that hurt was going to drag and be to political. The characters are good and are developed well. There is enough action to keep me entertained. I would recommend this book. I am getting the second one now.
Jean Corbel
Dec 29, 2012 Jean Corbel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Very classical but nice SF.
Of course, if you are a prude, better fuck off ;-) - language issue for you...
Doreen Dalesandro
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Aug 28, 2016 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi
Hooked from the get-go! I was surprised by the well-drawn characters and twisty, fast-moving plot in this free Kindle version. Ordering the next in the series - Trust!
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Mary Sisson is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University, and she has a master’s degree in Journalism from New York University, where she received the Edwin Diamond Award, the department’s highest honor. She has contributed to award-winning books ranging in topic from terroris ...more
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