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Close Encounters (Alien Affairs #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  791 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Kiera Smith is not like ordinary Genetically Engineered Persons . . .

The Bureau of Alien Affairs needed a special GEP agent with empathic abilities to handle their most extraordinary assignments—and a rogue geneticist saw to it that Kiera fit their specifications. But she turned out stronger, faster, smarter, and more impervious to harm than anyone anticipated. A reluctant
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Harper Voyager (first published March 25th 2009)
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This is a pretty dumb book. It frequently gave me the desire to enrol the author in a remedial tenth-grade science course. But at least it's inoffensively dumb?

So, Kiera Smith is a GEP (genetically engineered person, I think.) But unlike other GEPs, whose genes are drawn from the human population, hers are drawn from GEPs!one1! Which means she has all sorts of abilities normal GEPs don't have: super strengh, and super speed, as well as limited telepathy and enhanced healing. [This space reserved
I was pointed to this as a solid sf romance. I think the "sf" should be kindly removed, at least where "solid" is concerned. And we're talking a soft science, basic field anthropology.

Kiera is your typical genetically enhanced human with super strength and empathic psychic abilities, self-described as a "blonde bombshell" in this first-person-narrated tale -- yup, right on the first page. But of course she suffers from a terrible sense of loneliness, since even among genetically engineered folks
Are you a fan of Anne McCaffrey with her ships that speak, and races that seem to mean more than meets the eye? How about a heroine that is genetically engineered to protect that which she is swore to protect and that was satisfied with traveling the cosmos with her ship until fate lad her to the burly arms of a tribal man? Well, look no further than the debut novel of Katherine Allred, Close Encounters.

Meet Kiera Smith, a GEP(Genetically Engineered Person) with her cocky ship, Max and the rock
Virgil Fuqua
Okay folks Katherine is a good writer. She has written mainly Romance stories as far as I can determine till this one. I'm basing this on the list of books on her web site.
From reading her excerpts from her other works, and this one I'm reviewing I can determine that she writes well. She catch me the reader attention and hold it. Why then the three stars and not better?

One of the criteria a writter she stick with is write about what you know. This story C
You have to go into this book being clear on what it is: a genial contemporary-style romance blended with a 1950s-style space opera of the H. Beam Piper type. If you know much science, particularly biological science, set it aside; you'll be much happier without it for the duration.

The slightly Mary Sue-ish Keira (beautiful and kickass, but what heroine isn't these days?) is an enjoyable narrator, and although she doesn't face much real opposition and it's always very clear where things are goi
Carolyn F.
Loved this book! The cover - eh - but the book was great. Kiera is a super human brewed up in a laboratory by an evil genius (of course). She's sent to new planets when there are claims by companies to take over the planet and to see if all claims are legitimate. She's sent to Orpheus Two and learns all kinds of fascinating stuff. I see this is Alien Affairs #1, so hopefully I will see more of Kiera in Alien Affairs #2.
Melanie S.
'Close Encounters' ist eine SuB-Leiche, die mich absolut überraschen und begeistern konnte! Ich hatte mich immer vorm Lesen gedrückt, weil ich was ganz anderes vermutet habe, aber mir gefällt es, dass der Sci-Fi und Alien-Anteil so gering gehalten wird. Die Geschichte konzentriert sich lange darauf, dass Kiera Kontakt zu den Buri aufnimmt, deren Herkunft und Geschichte kennen lernt und sich in den Stamm integriert und das hat die Autorin sehr schön dargestellt. Von den ersten hilflosen Versuchen ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Lorri-lynne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys SFR
A new to me author, Ms. Allred captured my attention from the first page. I love Science Fiction Romance, and Close Encounters was a great one.

Keira Smith is a GEP, a genetically enhanced person, who works for the Bureau of Alien Affairs. Her latest assignment has sent her to Orpheus II, to determine if the native population is actually dying out. The bad guys Dynatec have filed to have the planet turned over to them once the natives are gone. Unfortunately, that only gives Keira two months to f
-fascinating world
- great premise
- interesting protagonist
- lots of potential for more interesting stories in a series

- had trouble with the way the characters sometimes interacted with one another, in the sense of some things happening too quickly to be plausible sometimes, motivations didn't always makes sense to me
- didn't care for the way the protagonist seemed very ready to have another female character provide for her food needs without a second thought, felt dismissive and disr
Kylie Griffin
I'm not usually a huge fan of first person romance novels (and this is the second one I've read recently that I've really liked).

Hat's off to Katherine Allred for her ALIEN AFFAIRS:CLOSE ENCOUNTERS novel. From the start I was gripped by her heroine, Kiera, and the world-building.

What caught me first was the blurb - I have an interest in genetic-engineering, nothing too scientific, more along the lines of how manipulating traits and giving a character certain talents or enhanced abilities would p
The Buri world building and backstory was very interesting, I find myself wishing the series was following them rather than the GEP's (Genetically Engineered Persons) of the Alien Affairs bureau. As a uber-GEP I thought the heroine of this story had it a bit too easy. The rest of the characters were a bit flat (or maybe I was just hoping to get to know them better). I had this book tagged as sci-fi but I definitely have to switch this over to the futuristic romance category as there really wasn' ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Borderstar rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance fans new to sci-fi; those looking for a light sci-fi romance read
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much but it was really quite a good story - the storyline was different to the usual sci-fi romance that I have read so far which was a nice break from the norm. And it was quite a nice and 'light' read as opposed to some I have read recently which are quite dark stories.

There was some action, mystery, adventure and fantasy set on a new alien world and mixed up with a love story/romance running through the majority of the book.

A nice little read and one that
This was a good book. Not fantastic. It appealed to all the emotions which women are inclined to seek stimulation of. There was love, lust, trust, safety, self-sufficiency, belonging, and hope. All in all.. I good warm fuzzy book! While I enjoyed it, I probably won't be seeking out other novels by the author.
While the main character wasn't hugely appealing from page 1, she grew on me. Generally, the book was well written, the characters were likable and the plot was compelling. The main negative was that the main character seemed a bit dense to be superhuman. Still, I really enjoyed it and will read others of hers.
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

Characters were flat and one-dimensional, and the main character I found quite unlikable.

As far as SciFi Romance goes, I've definitely read better.

I won't be continuing this series.
Mishel Zabala
I gotta admit that this was my first science fiction romance, but definitely not my last! Kiera Smith is a GEP(genetically engineered person) who only wants to be normal. She's not only different from her non-enhanced human counterparts, the Naturals, but she's different from other GEPs as well. It seems geneticist Dr. Gertz created her to be stronger, faster, and much more harder to damage than her fellow GEPs. Kiera works for the Bureau of Alien Affairs. After a new alien species is located an ...more
Angela James
I decided to re-read Close Encounters. I read Close Encounters last year when it released and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m a futuristic romance fan and I thought the worldbuilding in Close Encounters was superb, as was the development of both the romantic relationship and the heroine (who is really the main focus of the book). I liked it just as well in re-read, and was quite satisfied when I “closed” the book (I read digitally so it’s not quite the same as closing the book). Close Encounters is r ...more
As a SciFi Romance this book was a pleasant enough read, but a bit too easy in my opinion.

First there's Keira:
she's just too much in my opinion. I like my lead characters to have some flaws, but Keira is just nearly perfect in every way. Ok, she has her emotional issues, but those are added to an otherwise complete and perfect package and didn't make me feel for her, instead it made her look whiny.

Then there are the Buri:
Why is it that in every SciFi Romance I come across the aliens are basic
Laura the Highland Hussy
I don't consider myself a fan of sci-fi, but after reading Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series, I thought I'd try this one out.
Kiera is a GEP (Genetically Engineered Person) who is sent out to a planet to discover what a certain shady company is doing there. She meets the Buri and "connects" with their leader. They are later mated, but she doesn't fully understand the whole thing, until she realizes that she and Thor can now speak telepathically. Then she is told by Thor that he is the king
Jun 25, 2011 Tez rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: to-swap
Aliens? They may not be on "Old Earth", but the Buri are more like another tribe than another species. They speak a different language and are more spiritual, but they're still human in my opinion. The flora and fauna on Orpheus Two are different, though.

The summary sounds a lot like Avatar (which in turn sounds a lot like other stuff): a big corporation wants to plunder a planet, mining all its resources and colonising it, but the natives stand in their way. Enter an agent who earns the trust o
Janice (Janicu)

This book is told from the first person point of view of Kiera Smith, a Genetically Engineered Person - someone who was created in a test tube out of various superior genes of other people. This process is extremely expensive so GEPs are usually created and paid for by a company and then throughout their lives they are expected to pay off the initial expense of their creation. Kiera however, is special even among GEPs. Rather than being made from genes spl
Close Encounters takes place a few hundred years in the future. Science and technology has evolved and space travel is the norm. Cloning is also accepted and these clones are called Genetically Engineered Persons, also knows as GEPs. Natural Humans are called Naturals. When GEPs were created, there were some prejudices against them. But that stopped when the Galactic Federation Council passed the Equality Edict to stop the bigotry. But bigotry can not be erased, it just goes into hiding, so says ...more
Great science fiction. I loved the characters all of them and that include Max the A.I and Crigo the cat :)
The way we went from an isolated agent to the saver of a entire race was quite phenomenal. As was the slow development of the characters relationship, their knowledge and understanding of each others that grew alongside ours. I truly enjoyed the time it took to enfold. Neither too slow nor fast. Perfect balance and great world building.
Kelly *that's me*
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I absolutely loved this book. It was hard to put it down. The premise should have been a recipe for "Mary Sue" fiction (uber-powerful heroine with a space-tiger companion), but somehow, the author never crossed that line for me. For instance, sure, she has a space-tiger, but she states early on that he'd rip her arm off if she ever tried to pet him. And yes, she's uber-powerful, but she can't let people know to what extent or her mysterious background will be called into question, and she's not ...more
This was a pretty good story, but it was much to do about nothing. The difficulties that were presented in the beginning of the book were too easy to resolve. The POV was just too perfect for me to care about her. The technology was great when it was convenient, and not so great when the story needed it to be. The characters were flat. It was hard for me to believe someone used to interacting with so many societies wouldn't be more knowledgeable in First Contact situations. There doesn't seem to ...more
I fell in love with this book almost immediately. The story, the characters... I was sucked in and felt like I was right there with them. I cannot wait to get the second book.
This was more of 2.5 star read for me. I found Kiara a little annoying being so good at everything and while naming the Buri makes sense before you know them, continuing to use those names even after you join the tribe and can understand the language without bothering to find out their actual names struck me as incredibly arrogant. I didn't like Thor's lack of communication and explanantion to Kiara, even after they bonded. And alien superpowers are fine but all powerful lifeforms like the Limna ...more
I thought this book was light and fun. I loved the rock cat, the dragon birds, and the sentient spaceship. The worldbuilding was really good, and the characterization good too.

A few of the things mentioned in other reviews did give me pause--that even after Kiera learned the Buri language she still called most of them by her nicknames and they didn't seem to care. Likewise, when she found out who they really were she still kept calling them Buri.

Despite this, I still enjoyed the story and was
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Katherine Allred was born in Arkansas and spent her formative years there learning to love books at her grandfather's knee. When she was five, her mother remarried and moved them to Michigan, where they stayed for the next ten years. At age fifteen, the entire family moved back home to Arkansas, and she's been there ever since, except for brief stints in other countries and states while her hubby ...more
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