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Beta Colony by Robert Enstrom
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Feb 24, 11

bookshelves: science-fiction
Read from February 23 to 24, 2011

This is an old, old science fiction book I found at a library book sale. This book is so good that one keeps reading page after page. The basic story is this: Daniel is a killer, someone who has no feeling for others and relies only upon himself and his skills. He is caught and sentenced to live or die. He choose life in Beta Colony, an effort to repopulate a deserted earth. The colony keeps failing but no one knows why. He discovers a primitive people living in the wilderness that reveres a presence to which they sacrifice colonists as requested. The truth is difficult to believe because one must recognize that an alien presence can control the minds of most humans forcing them to kill one another and/or work as slaves. Only two humans seem resistant to this mind control - Daniel, who feels nothing, and Derl, a primitive who has telepathic powers. Can the two survive the alien presence? Can earth be repopulated? These questions are answered as the story develops.
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