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Day of Descent (Alien Nation #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Los Angeles, the present. Rookie detective Matt Sikes begins his first murder investigation and stumbles onto a deadly conspiracy that threatens his life, his daughter and his world. At the same time, onboard a nightmarish starship hurtling toward the Earth's sun, Stangya Soren'tzahh-- a courageous Tenctonese slave destined to become Detective George Francisco-- is swept i ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published December 31st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published 1993)
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Fans of the television program Alien Nation should love this book. The cliff hanger ending of the series is used as a frame for flashbacks from the week before the descent through the first few days of the Tenctonese on Earth. There were a couple of interesting surprises but authors did an excellent job of incorporating the series canon.
Jul 17, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
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I loved the Alien Nation TV show, which was cancelled after only one season, and on a huge cliffhanger. So it was very exiting when they published a few novels based on the series. Most of them were novelizations of the 4 screenplays that had been written but not filmed (including the conclusion to the cliffhanger) and were eventually made into tv movies. But this one was not. It starts out in the few minutes after the cliffhanger ending, in the time between that ending and the resolution to it ...more
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Jan 17, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is sort of a bridge novel, taking place immediately after the last TV episode where Emily and Susan are in the hospital after being exposed to a deadly virus by the Purists.

The book has three themes going, skipping from one theme to another. The part relating to the hospital is the smallest; the second theme takes place on the slaveship itself, going into the background of what was going on and revealing a lot about George, Susan and Buck, and how important Uncle Moodri was at the time.

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Feb 08, 2016 Mama rated it really liked it
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I was a fan of the series, so I enjoyed this book. It was well written, an easy read, and a page turner.
It's a prequel to the start of the TV series.
It was great learning more about the ship, and how the Tenctonese got to Earth. Gives a little more history about the Tenctonese as well.
I will be checking out book 2 as well.
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Apr 05, 2015 Stephanie Ferguson rated it really liked it
If you were a fan of the show you will love this prequel novel.
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Good book adaptation of the movie/TV series. Recommended
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