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The Terrans

(First Salik War #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  860 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Jean Johnson's first novel in an explosive new science fiction trilogy set in the world of the national bestselling Theirs Not to Reason Why series—set two-hundred years earlier, at the dawn of the First Salik War…

Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the
Mass Market Paperback, 454 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Ace
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Balint Farkas I'd go with Theirs Not to Reason Why, even though it's chronologically later.
1. In my opinion that series is a lot more intriguing and action-packed, …more
I'd go with Theirs Not to Reason Why, even though it's chronologically later.
1. In my opinion that series is a lot more intriguing and action-packed, simply a better read.
2. Theirs Not to Reason Why has a peculiar heroine (Ia) who has influence throughout time. If you read First Salik War _after_ you read Theirs Not to Reason Why, it is great fun to see how Ia has affected events _before_ she came. You'll see :)(less)

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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/7/18 - ON SALE for $2.99:

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

THE TERRANS chronicles the Human (Terran) race as it simultaneously encounters both a vile alien enemy, the Salik, and a previously unknown branch of humanity, the V’Dan.

Think about that for a second.

Recently having discovered (something like) wormhole technology and setting out to explore formerly beyond reach areas of space, the ALOHA 9 and crew are forcibly dragged into the hull of an enemy vessel full of grotesque
Jul 06, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
I'm sorry to say that this book wasn't for me. I generally liked the idea, but, when I say it wasn't for me, I mean ''me' in a real sense. I'm certain others will enjoy it, it just came to me at a time when I had unfortunately just read a book where the heroine spends much of the story being bullied due to weight. I know it happens in life, and maybe because I know it, I find that I am not comfortable reading about it. The protagonist in this book is bullied incessantly by a macho idiot about al ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jean Johnson did it again! The Terrans was an excellent start to a brand new series, The First Salik War. It’s a prequel to Theirs Not To Reason Why previously published, and takes place some 200 years earlier. The first series gave us the major scenario of the Terran’s United Planets universe, or our future Earth, although this book does well as a stand-alone and doesn’t require previous readings.

The Terrans has all the ingredients that make a great story: crisp and intriguing writing; gre
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

The Terrans, by Jean Johnson, is the first installment in the First Salik War Trilogy. This series apparently takes place 200 years before the authors Theirs Not To Reason Why series which I haven't read. According to the publisher, it is not necessary to read the previous serie
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, sci-fi
There are good and bad things I want to say about the first instalment of this spin-off of the popular sci-fi series by Jean Johnson. In a nutshell: the ideas are fantastic, the execution? Not so much.

I really enjoyed reading about the first contact between humans and other alien races, the background, the way humanity united under one government, the way that government was built. Jackie is a positive heroine, noble and honest to a fault, self-conscious and very straight.

Li'Eth, the V'Dan capt
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, military-sff
Every now and again a random library pickup proves far better than I expected.

For a chance, the [Terran] protagonists are not your typical American/British characters (usually male with a token female). They're far more varied, with their own idiosyncrasies, annoyances and issues. Then there's the whole setting... but I don't want to give too much away.

In a way this reminded me of a more grown up version of Anne McCaffrey's Tower and Hive series, though definitely with more military/political as
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This is a must buy book. Ms. Johnson kicks off a fabulous new series with nonstop action. This page turner features a new strong female lead, Jacaranda MacKenzie. Jackie serves the United Planets with distinction. She is a talented woman with many skills. She is a translator, former military and council member. This doesn't even touch her psychic abilities and the patience of a saint. When she is called back to duty on a hush-hush mission to meet new aliens and find allies to help protect Terran ...more
Paranormal Kiss
Great story and characters!

The Terrans is a fantastic start to the First Salik War series by Jean Johnson. This new series is set in the same world as the “Theirs Not to Reason Why” series but takes place 200 years earlier. It is not necessary to read that series prior to this one. I didn’t and had no problems following along.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Terrans. In fact, I found the story and characters so absorbing that I stayed up most of the night finishing it, without even realizing the passage
Agnieszka "Aeth" Jędrzejczyk
Soooo... DNF-ing a book after 50 pages if pretty low, but in these 50 pages I have learned the following:

- The language tries so hard to be as informative as possible, but is much too informative; there are so many unnecessary pieces of information meant to enrich the world, but they simply fall flat (and are annoying as hell)
- Dialogues forced as f***; none of the characters seems to speak with a natural flow, and the attempts at humor were rather painful to read :/
- Confusing descriptions; mos
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this one is interesting. I like that we get the back story from Theirs Not to Reason Why Series. As this is so many years in the past you can see the differences in the world, but there are similarities too.

I really liked watching Jackie and the V'Dan met and how they were able to work together, how the differences between their cultures at times caused issues, but there was a common foundation. Part of me feels like the author set up the Terran world as an idealized version of what she
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
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2.5 stars.
Have to say, for a book that hits some of my favorite genres, this one really dragged and ultimately fell flat. A good editor should have shaved about 100 pages of repetitive and redundant details. It's a crying shame, because this could have been a fun, action-filled series.
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars

Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

The Terrans is the first book in the First Salik War series by Jean Johnson.

Jacaranda (Jackie) MacKenzie, the most powerful telepath and telekinetic of the United Planets is ready to start her early retirement from public service, but the leaders of the government and military have other plans for her. Precognitive members of the military have foreseen encounters with new alien races and a war to come against with one of them. In all of their visio
Herman Dirk
Waste of time. Little actually happens.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Although set in the same universe as Johnson's Theirs Not to Reason Why series of military science fiction The Terrans marks the start of a new series, with a different thematic focus, which can be read on its own. Having never read anything by Johnson before I can attest that the start of this series does work on its own, though doubtless fans of her science fiction universe will find nods and gems that I couldn't pick up on. The novel also works effectively enough without its sequels. Its foll ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
You can read the entire review on my blog:

Towards the end of last year, Jean Johnson brought her Theirs Not To Reason Why military space opera series to a close in a grand fashion with Damnation, the fifth and final novel in the series. In this series, she introduced an amazingly detailed setting where our hero was a psychic soldier who takes on the entire known galaxy and reshapes it to battle a menace that no one else could even fathom. It was a fantasti
Per Gunnar
The Terrans is the first instalment in a prequel series to Theirs Not To Reason Why. I quite liked the Theirs Not To Reason Why series so when I saw that Jean Johnson came out with a new series in this universe I was quite looking forward to the first book even though I am in general not to found of prequel stories. Unfortunately I am not at all as impressed by this first book in this new series as I was with the book in Theirs Not To Reason Why. The author has included a fairly lengthy explanat ...more
Dolly Sandor
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!!!

And thanks to NetGalley I've found another author to enjoy!!

What I liked: The Terrans is the first book I've read by Ms Johnson. I found it on NetGalley and since I've enjoyed the last two Sci-Fi books I've read, I thought, why not?

I completely bought into this whole story. As a matter of fact, my son was trying to get my attention while I was reading The Terrans and I told him, leave me alone, I'm a psychic fighting aliens!!

Ms Johnson's imagination in writing this story completel
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Don’t let the fact that this is a prequel to another series stop you from reading The Terrans. I read the first book in Theirs Not to Reason Why series several years ago and still have book two on my TBR pile. The Terrans has no trouble standing on its own.

I loved The Terrans and had a hard time putting it down. It has all the things that make a great story.

The Salik are wonderful villains who like to eat intelligent living beings. They have no redeeming features.

The V’Dan are humans who were
Read the full review and check out the Similar Reads on August 17th on The Book Adventures.

Two hundred or so years in the future, the peoples of Earth have colonized the Moon and a few other planets in the solar system. Faster-than-light travel (in this universe, called Other-Than-Light, or OTL) has been around for approximately a decade. After yet another major conflict with massive loss of life, the nations united to become one Earth government, with a governmental structure much more focused
Nobbynob Littlun
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review is for the trilogy as a whole.

Honestly, this was tedious stuff. I think the only reason I got through it was because it happened to be on my desk while waiting for computer games to load.

It's forwarded with an Author's Note claiming that this is a First Contact story, but that's misleading. I don't think it counts as First Contact if the first species you communicate with is just a (magically) long-lost branch of humanity. They're not even a different species! Their culture is differ
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great potential but it falls short.

I enjoyed half of the book but once the actual action scene was over very little occurred. From that point on nothing of much actual consequence happened. The rest of the book was a strange combination of repetitive conversations covering the same topics and relationship development. Development is normally my favorite part but considering the pair was literally magically destined to end up together much of it was awkward and unrealistically swift (even though
Jul 06, 2015 rated it did not like it

Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: July 2015

ISBN: 9780425276914

Genre: SciFi

Rating: DNF

Publisher Description: Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the United Planets Council. Now she just wants to spend her days in peace and quiet as a translator—but the universe has other plans…

Review: The story line was drowned, pummeled and assaulted w
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I managed to get through this book but it was tough going. For a sci-fi, there is a significant lack of action. In the entirety of the book, I would go so far as to say ONE action scene. The book is mostly dialogue -either verbal or mental/psych. At first this difference was a bit interesting but the novelty wore off quickly for me. This book literally gave me a headache. I understand that communication is the heroine's specialty and the author wanted us to get into her world, her head. But, it ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Her first series was ok, an average space opera. I was bored and saw this in the library, so checked it out.

It's very, very, talkie, and not to move the plot forward. It was all about her bragging about the universe she created and her knowledge of actual Hawaiin culture. Almost nothing was accomplished other than the basics of first contact. The content she had in the book took up maybe 20-30 pages of this 438 page tome.

Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, just the thing i noticed. The author has a habit to make "figurine" role to be interesting enough and has plenty of details that the the reader thought he or she going to be important.. Then not.
Otherwise its a refreshing and totally different than the reason not to series.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, space-opera
I almost always avoid books set in the same universe as a series I enjoy because they never live up to the original, but I made an exception for this one and I'm glad.

A fun space romp with some neat ideas whether you have read the Theirs Not to Reason Why series or not give it a go.
Jon Abbott
Should be 3.5 stars.

4.0 stars for the psi powers and the action heroine as leader of her planet. 2.5 stars for choppy + 2.5 for repetitive writing. 4.0 stars for first contact plot. Two years ago I would have given The Terrans 4 or 5 GR stars, as I did for A Soldier's Duty.
I'm really enjoying these books - this is a prequel of sorts to Johnson's other series, all set in the same universe. Jackie is a great character. I'm looking forward to the second of these ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Couldn't make it past 16% of the book. Lots of disjointed words, juvenile characters and a plot always lost somewhere on the horizon. ...more
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(1)romance author, science fiction author

Jean Johnson currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, has played in the SCA for 25 years, sings a lot, and argues with her cat about territorial rights to her office chair. She loves hearing from her readers, and has a distinct sense of humor. Rig

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First Salik War (3 books)
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