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A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It's home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these p ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published January 11th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Jason Bradley
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, m-m, sci-fi
MD Neu takes on the prospect of how humans would react to the sudden appearance of aliens and I think he gets it spot-on. I rode a roller coaster as they (both aliens and humans) worked through the disbelief, panic, worry, excitement, fear, hope...all the emotions! I can't wait to see where this goes in the second book in the series!

Well done, Mr. Neu!
E.M. Hamill
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was very good. The first part of the book was a keen snapshot of how regular, every day people deal with the fact that we are not alone in the universe, and an impending arrival of an alien civilization. I enjoyed that aspect immensely.

Once it got rolling, though, I struggled to connect with the story in terms of political maneuvering and exactly why the aliens were visiting the main character's software company. A couple of the characters were just a little too stereotypical in terms
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Andria Potter
4/5 stars for a truly fascinating SciFi read. I rather liked it, and flew through the pages in one sitting! Definitely want to read book two to see where this goes!

Further Review:

This is a hard book to review. While I flew through the pages, there’s several things that I didn’t much like about the book-the harsh language, and the death of an lgbt character made it a bit darker for me to read. The harsh language was almost off-putting for me, though I skimmed through a lot of that.

There wasn’t
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Randall Krzak
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-crafted story from an up-and-coming author about a civilization searching for a home after the destruction of their home world. But, what if this really happens? Will we be able to handle things as Todd Landon and his husband, Jerry, did?

Warning signs appear when the American President begins shifting troops back to the U.S. Why? Before long, he appears on television and explains: the Nentraee, a humanoid race, is approaching Earth. While some people begin panicking, thanks to his
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Contact is a first contact story that sets the stage for a new series. This starts with the aliens and then enters the life of a normal run of the mill human. From there it goes back and forth between the two. There is a lot of backstory and world building while setting the stage for additional action. In fact this one seems short on action and long on setup. There were some things missing in the story line but all in all a nice addition to first contact stories.
ChaosMoondrawn
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Mirtoff is Speaker General of the Nentraee people, who are divided into seven clans. Their home world is gone and now they live in 450 ships, searching for a new home. They have had disastrous experiences with other species so when they find evidence of intelligence on Earth they are wary, but with morale down and ships needing repair they decide to make contact. While Mirtoff may have peaceful intentions, General Gahumed as head of the Nentraee military, does not. Mi’ko
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Teresa
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Contact
Author: M. D. Neu
Publisher: NineStar Press
ISBN: 978-1-949909-88-3
Buy Link: https://ninestarpress.com/product/con...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
A New World 1

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to seven billion people—with all manner of faiths, beliefs, and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding—who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unles
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Jonathan Pongratz
Todd lives a happy committed life with his husband Jerry, but when his brother Brad stops by abruptly, his world is shaken to the core. Aliens are real, and they are headed for Earth. Who are these aliens? Do they come in peace? How will their world change?

As Todd becomes intertwined in the events that follow the alien arrival, he must decide what kind of man he truly wants to be, and what that means in his ever-complicated world.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. I don’t typically read
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Paul
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING story of a First Contact situation. The characters grab you early on, and the story is a very captivating one. Unlike a lot of stories I have read with gay characters, this is not simply a framework for softcore porn. In fact, it is as far from that as it can get. Through all the events in this book, I stayed captivated, and am eager to read more about this great adventure!
Barbara Russell
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for this amazing sci-fi novel by author M.D. Neu. After he surprised us with a fresh take on vampires, he surprises us again with an awesome take on aliens.
Todd, happily married with Jerry, leads a quiet life in San Jose. He has a nice job, a lovely cat, Bianca, and a lovely family. Until his estranged brother tells him about the imminent arrival of a spaceship. The Nentraee are arriving from the distant planet of Benzee, asking for hospitality.
Todd finds himself caught between two w
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Verity
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There so much I like about this book I found its so easy to get into and I really like the character and the world building. Was a great start to a new series I can wait for the next book.
Paul
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun scifi book that will likely make you feel lots of emotions. I love scifi and this book made me feel very lucky that I got an an advanced copy! Good writing, well written characters, and a good mix of unpredictability and feeling of how-is-this-going-to-turnout?! I look forward to the sequel. Recommended.
Lacy
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“You do comprende how much us gays love our space stuff?”


Literally, that was the only line I liked in Contact and girl, same. Contact is a science fiction story about an alien race needing to find a new home so they eventually choose Earth. I liked the premises of the plot but there was so much over-explaining to point it made the story drag. I also hated all the derogatory language. I don't care about curse words. Say 'f*ck' in every sentence for all I care. I do myself, quite often. But co
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Polly Krize
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As the Nentraee species near Earth, looking for help after their world has been destroyed, there is not necessarily a warm welcome awaiting them...how can 7 billion people come to accept the arrival of an alien species? To Todd, the arrival of his long-lost brother coincides with a situation that will show both the good and the bad of our human species...
J.P. Jackson
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come...more like 4.5 stars!
Fantastic look at how an ordinary man turns into a hero in the eyes of others when humans make first contact with an alien race.

And oh ya, that hero is a gay man.

❤ this book!
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Jayne
rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2019
David
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Jan 24, 2019
Coltostallion
While generally well written, this read more like a study on an alien society to me at times. A bit more politics and organization details than I generally like. All in all it was okay, but I would probably not read the sequel.
Joyfully Jay
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars


While Contact is categorized by the publisher as a romance, it reads more as a science fiction novel with a gay main character. However, this is only the first book in the series, so it’s possible there might be more of an emphasis on romance in later installations. However, I can only review this book on what’s actually inside.

Todd is an idealist. Even though his brother hurt him, he still wants resolution and he misses his brother. Todd works at creating advent
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M.D.
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M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchco ...more