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No Rules Of Engagement (Alexander Hawk #1)

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For eight year old orphan, Alexander Hawk, the question, "Is there other Intelligent life in the Universe?" has been answered with a resounding YES!

Plucked from a correctional facility for boys because of a test he never even finished, Alexander is sent to train for combat against an alien race of Alligators which is attacking another group of aliens, the Macktonics, who h
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Published August 30th 2011 by (first published January 23rd 2011)
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Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
First I would like to give you all a fair warning that this book is extremely addictive and has been known to make time fly.

The U.S. Government is approached by a technology advanced and peaceful alien species, which has studied or love for violence. They have promised the U.S the technology to remain the super power of the world for a long time to come in exchange for our help to defeat a monstrous species of aliens that move from star system to star system killing all inhabitants and striping
What can i say about 'No rules of engagement' that will encourage you to read it?

It reminded me of a slightly less articulate and mentally slower sibling (the kind that gets pushed to the back of photos) to Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card. Not as polished, not as exciting or well written, but the general idea of it was there (aliens, space fighting, lots of children dragged across the universe to fight an adults war... you get the gist)

My main issues with this book were the editing within th
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Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
First of all I'm trying to figure out what genre to put this in. Sci-fi, absolutely. YA...not in my opinion. There is an 8 year old smoking ciggs and then other kids start smoking, plus he and his group are then talking about how he has girlfriend and if he is gonna get laid (this part may put him at 9 or 10 years old). If this is supposed to be YA for under 14 I just don't find that appropriate (and btw, I am single with no kids and over 25, but I do have a 13 year old brother). I recognize tha ...more
Roger Royer
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Roger by: Shut up and Read
Shelves: sci-fi
I liked this book. It was not the best I have ever read nor was it the worst though some of it was a little upsetting. Taking place in the future as it does makes it almost reasonable though there are some things I did have issues with. Let me start with the things I liked.

I did like the idea of using time travel to fight a war though the way it s being used is very short sighted. It is still a good idea for as far as they went with it. I also liked the character development. All of the main cha
Tom Ibbotson
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'd like to thank the author, Thomas Wilson, for letting us all read this.
To be honest, I didn't enjoy the book. Even though I rarely like books with military themes, I didn't let that get in the way and started the book with open eyes. Unfortunately, I had lost this optimism after a while.
I've read some of the reviews that have already been posted and I don't want to repeat them too much but a lot of the grammar, punctuation and spelling were far from perfect. The only example of this that I wr
J.L. Murphey
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous novel! From the first line to the last. Young Alexander Hawk is conscripted into the army for a rescue mission on another planet. Step by step and with his own ingenuity, he becomes the fighting machine the military needs to save the Macktonic planets from annihilation and defeat the Raptors.

I highly recommend this novel, but be warned hang onto the seat of your pants for a roller coaster ride. Brilliant imagination for the author, Thomas Wilson. Very well written. Can't wait
Super Fan Girl
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I expected an adventure novel about aliens. This was so much more than that. From the beginning, I was intrigued by the main character, an 8 year old 'juvenile delinquent' that was recruited to be part of a secret government task force to fight aliens in space. How can you not be drawn in by that. And as relationships built, I really found myself liking some of the characters I started out hating. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Take one no nonsense General, an army of youngsters lead by an eight year old military genius, an alien race on the verge of destruction and you have what turned out to be a great story! "No Rules of Engagement" by Thomas Wilson had me hooked from the start. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book.
It has a fantastic plot line and I have to admit that I've never read anything like it.
Usually I am not one for heavy duty science fiction novels.
The plot peaked my interest and once I started to read, I could not manage to put it down.
Wilson is a wonderful author and I hope to read more of his work in the future.
Mike Schnurr
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well first I have to say that this book reminded me a lot about Ender's Game. Only when I started the book I saw it was totally diffrent and even better. When i got this i could not put the book down but with my tight schedule it was hard to read but i finished it and i am glad i did. This book is 10x better than Ender's game and would recomend this book to anyone
Amy (Following the Reader)
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No Rules of Engagement isn't like any book I have read before. This is the first book I have read that revolved around aliens. I wasn't too sure that this book would be for me as I am more of a paranormal fan. For the most part I was right, this book is a little bit far out of my favourite genre's but it was still an enjoyable read.

Alexander Hawk is an 8 year old orphan who has been recruited for a special government program. He will be sen
Karen Siddall
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Great story – really - but plot holes and editing plays havoc.

Ship a load of youngsters across the universe to fight an alien menace moving in on our own galaxy. Because of the length of the trip to get to the battleground – 6 years – start with children and train them along the way while they age to their battle-worthy peak. This seems like the novel approach – unique. (I understand a similar plotline is used in Orson Scott Cards’ Ender’s Game but I haven’t read it so this was new to me.) I loo
Sannie Hald
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Eight-year-old Alexander does not like when people touch him, in fact he killed another kid just for doing so. One day when he is busy looking at his fire ants taking out a colony of regular ants, a guy from the army requires his attention. Alexander has been picked to battle against an unknown alien enemy in the future.

My .mobi version which was downloaded from contained several errors which made it quite annoying to read. There were several words missing, and the point of view
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was really different from what I expected. It wasn't awful but it wasn't what I would call good either. I really like that it was original with the idea of the kids traveling to the future to fight a war. That part was interesting to say the least. But the main problem I had with the book was that I didn't really like any of the characters. Usually theres a character you actually like but the kid, Alexander is built up to be a bully who will kill someone for practically no reason. The ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I had a very difficult time getting into this book. The main characters never came alive for me. I found the profanity and violence to be unbelievable as well. An early example of this would be when the general wipes all of the commandant's desk onto the floor for no reason. This seemed unnecessary and out of character for a disciplined Army colonel. I also thought that for Alexander to commit murder at eight was a bit too difficult to comprehend. His character never gets developed enough or dee ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book late last night. First I have to say that for me the book had two strikes against it from the beginning. The age of the boy and an alligator race. ( I've never read this category before) I must say that despite my doubts Thomas pulled it off, and very well at that. From the beginning I was captured by his writing style and the characters were great! Towards the end of the first hundred pages I stopped thinking about the impossibility of an 8 year old being capable of leading ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book for many reasons. The first being the errors, they were very hard to over come, be it the spelling or the switch from third person to first, it was a struggle. Second, I found the aliens to be more likely to be real than the humans. I know the children in this book are supposed to be very smart but the language just doesn't fit kids. And in this book these kids just seem to be born with skills that are impossible. That being say, if the grammar was sorted out I would ha ...more
Thomas Wilson
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Shelves: sci-fi
I think after a very thorough edit this could be a great book.
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I should have been an engineer, but as I turned out to be an author I will be able to bring the futuristic inventions I come up with to life in my stories. I love writing, reading, History, building models and riding my motorcycle.
I have finished and E-published Two Novels and both are available as paperbacks at Createspace.
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