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Deep within the Congo, a team of scientists prepares for the greatest event in the history of humanity, making First Contact with an intelligent extraterrestrial species, only the jungle is no place for doubts.

Could First Contact be our last?
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published August 23rd 2019
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Meenaz Lodhi
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Respect is all that separates us from the savages.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.”
To say I was totally overwhelmed with this story, is to put it mildly. It’s one of the best stories that I’ve read till now, and has left a profound mark in my mind and soul!
Peter Cawdron tells the story through great characters. If you're like me, finding outstanding science fiction that's not warfare, dystopian, or overtly vi
Karl Bernard
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good SciFi

I really like that the book takes you to unexpected places and the author writes about things in a way they might actually happen. I also liked that the story took place in Africa.

This is really well written hard SciFi that's not focused on interstellar travel, but things closer to home.

I enjoyed it and recommend it!
Mal Warwick
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Have you ever given serious thought to what First Contact with an alien race from the stars might be like? Not what you might have come across on film or in a novel like The War of the Worlds, but a picture based on reason and known science? Well, that's what you'll find in the latest novel from Australian science fiction author Peter Cawdron. It's a truly thoughtful treatment of First Contact. 3zekiel is nothing short of brilliant.

A story set in the African jungle

The nov
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3ZEKIEL was not my first Peter Cawdron novel. I read ANOMALY back in 2011 and thought it was horrible on almost all levels, and my review indicated that. But I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited that offers 3ZEKIEL and thought that the blurb was very interesting so I ordered it for free (sort of). Anyway, I'm happy to report that all of the things that bothered me so much about ANOMALY (another first contact story) were completely reversed here.

An alien space ship enters the solar system
Rick Rider
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Well, Overall I liked it. I found the ending a little bit thin, but that might just be me.

What I really get upset about is the use, overuse, and misuse of the word "decimated." If I never see that word in print again, unless in reference to the ancient Roman practice, it will suit me just fine. When the jungle is leveled it is not "decimated" it is destroyed, ruined, leveled, trashed, etc. But it most definitely is NOT decimated, unless 90 percent of the jungle is still standing, but you get my
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
3ZEKIEL is another Cawdron masterpiece, it follows the lives of an eclectic group in a small village in Africa following the arrival in orbit of an Alien Space Craft. The story is mainly seen from the point of view of Josh, the 16yr old son of the local Missionary at the small village. Josh is friends with a local African girl Jana when a party arrives to set up for the arrival of the Aliens. The Aliens have built a ‘Space Elevator’ in geosynchronous orbit over Earth, and the ladders drop point ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
Mind = blown

Wow... this blew my mind. Especially with how much attention to detail and actual science the author actually spent time to fact check and double check and stuff.

I will honestly say aliens is a subject I’ve mulled over occasionally. Are we alone? Where is everybody else? Is a constant question I ask myself. Most science fiction authors tend to make the aliens the invader and the conquerors, subjecting them to human ideology and illusions of grandeur.

So in that sense, I love tha
Tomas Stropus
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A shot in the dark that hits the spot

3zekiel synopsis on Goodreads caught my attention, and without much hesitation I've decided to pick it up, which proved to have been a terrific decision. The book was thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The story is told from the perspective of a 17-year old teenager, who's been living in DRC for the past four years, and focuses on the event of the First Contact. Usually teenager-based PoV's tend to be rather dry, superficial, depicting the character as hot
Andy Coleman
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

Peter Cawdron is the king of "first-encounter" scenarios and some of my favorite alien stories have been written by him. So it was a no-brainer to pick this one up. But, was it a unique take on how it might happen? Not so much...

In this story, the author takes some often used tropes and mixes them up with a few other mainstream ideas to tell a cohesive story. I don't want to spoil anything but you'll get the typical asshole humans, science vs religio
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surprising, and thought-provoking

I didn't want it too end. Fascinating take on first contact with an alien species, sorta. When an alien vessel arrives in geosynchronous orbit directly above the Congo, it evokes all manner of controversy on earth. Why are they here?what do they want? Why the Congo? The event is seen through the eyes of the son of a missionary in a small village almost directly beneath the aliens. The aliens arrive on earth via a space elevator then what follows is a series of tragic eve
Jerry Mount
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A different take on First Contact. It contains some of Mr. Cawdron's usual elements. A one POV story, deep diving into the protagonist's inner thoughts and emotions. Also, a lot of detailed science explanations and conjecture. Oh, and multi-nation interactions and conflicts. But, little is predictable here. Much of the initial setup and some background events are very limited in scope. Pretty much necessary to keep the book to a short length. I really liked that the lead character was not a scie ...more
Dennis Keefe
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This needs to be a movie!

It is so refreshing to see a science fiction novel that uses actual science so that the “science fiction” that is described seems totally realistic and plausible. As someone who has always been hopeful for First Contact, I’m sad to see that it probably won’t happen in my lifetime, but now I understand why it hasn’t happened yet and will be thousands of years before it does. The reference to the Bible story is very cool and is tied so well into this story of humanity a
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted SOO badly to like this book. Sci-fi, aliens, first contact...that is right up my alley! Seeing all those 5 star reviews, I was so excited to start it. Unfortunately, it was most disappointing. The plot I found extremely thin. It" borrows" from many previous works, and tries WAY too hard to come off as profound. I noticed one reader listed it as "Christian". It definitely is not. Merely including some characters that are missionaries and using Bible references make it no more Christian t ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

This science fiction novel was a good read. It has all the appropriate ingredients for an engrossing story: space, alien technology, humans misinterpreting things, plenty of research to back up the necessities.
It was enjoyable to read, although pretty simple. There weren't any vocabulary words that were new to me, which I personally find disappointing; however, there were plenty of historical and scientific concepts that sparked my interest and spurred some non-fiction reading. So
Marco C
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter is maturing

This is among the best novels I read by this author, and I think I read almost all of them.
Maybe it’s the Congo setting, or the limited scope of the story, but I saw a newfound maturity in the writing. All his stories are pretty good, but this one was almost great. There was a bit of a rush toward the end and it leaves a reader wondering what these characters are going to do once the story is over.
The story itself is original, yet it refers back to the very beginnings of
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book for all science fiction aficionados! Robert Heinlein would be proud to call this his!
A coming of age book centered on a 16-17 year old young man living in Africa with his missionary/healer father, when an alien space ship comes calling. The response of the Russians and Americans to this “threat” is realistic, exposing a range of possible reactions such nations might give. Interwoven into this narrative, is the theme of the book of Ezekiel and it vision of the celestial chario
Joey Binard
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Cawdron. These days I seldom get excited about a sci fi book. With this one, not a problem. I read it in one sitting, gulping down whole chunks at a time. The books has: (1) Real characters, three-dimensional, sympathetic. Not what passes for character in most contemporary science fiction. (2) Nifty explanations of the science involved. Comprehensible by non-science barbarians like me. (3) The plot roared along at a good rate. No long, dull backgrounds to wade through in order t ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily Equals Asimov! (Also it's up to date ;-)

The is usually termed "hard science fiction" to indicate the author is staying within known or knowable physics -- i.e., it's not a fantasy of a shootout or romance in space, instead this is the "real stuff" (a term from my NASA days). The novel has fully developed characters and intriguing questions of whether intelligent life exists (outside of Earth), and what exactly is sentience on Earth itself?

I could write lots more, but consider: this
Phillip M Lewallen
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. Cawdron paints a picture with words that mesmerize you. I couldn't put this book down. I just had to know what was happening next. The storyline is excellent as are the character descriptions and interactions. The book is so realistic that you can believe that it actually happens. Do aliens really come to earth to see what we are like. Read on to find out who the aliens really are. You'll love this book. I highly recommend it!
Dave C
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

It’s always a bit of a crapshoot when you pick a unknown author and a short description from a Kindle prime selection. I’ve been disappointed more often than not. I am glad to report this book was a very pleasant surprise.

Hits on all cylinders. The writing is crisp. The story has Great characters, a unique fully realized setting, realistic conflict and the ability to remain grounded in science. I really enjoyed all aspects of the story from its humble beginnings to its Cosmi
Walter Terberg
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would when I started reading it. I thought it was going to be another super hero kids save the world from aliens novel but that's not what it turned out to be. I don't want to spoil it for you but it's worth your time to read it. Mr.Cameron you have a new fan. Hope the rest of your books read as well as this one. Time to start another one.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Alien First Contact Novel

Cleverly plotted, scientifically grounded and exciting story with relatable characters and a swaggering, propulsive sense of action. Fun to read and think about. Set in the Congo, it also features a fascinating subplot involving gorilla behavior, a neat contrast with alien objectives. Cawdron is a first-rate SF writer. ANd it's a perfectly self-contained stand alone novel! Huzzah.
Dixie Keshavarzi
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I could not put this book down. The characters are so real, even though fictional. The descriptions of the terrain put you right in the middle of the jungle. I felt sadness, loss, humor, excitement and wonder throughout the entire book and it got me thinking....The best kind of book is the one when you are sad when you finish reading because you don’t want to say goodbye to the characters. I will miss them all.
Peter Schubert
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good story, fun to read

I really like the characters oh, and their interaction with each other, and the cross cultural and cross species communication. Putting us against the backdrop of first Contact made for interesting, layered story that had plenty of content on every page. Enough action to keep my attention, and a quick Pace to finish in almost a straight shot. Very inventive, and very insightful. Loved it.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great First Contact Novel

An intriguing and well written novel . From the outset the story obtains your interest with an intelligent plot drawn around well believable characters. The scientific research gives an air of realism in as much as science fiction concerning alien technology can. If first contact with aliens happens this seems a quite credible way in which it could take place.

Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Cawdron has a string of great stand along novels and this one is no exception. I have been reading his works for a few years now and have never been let down. If you love his work then you will love 3zekiel. He puts a different spin on the idea of first contact that spans time and the imagination itself. For the first time reader, 3zekiel is a great interdiction to his work. You will not be disappointed.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. Peter Cawdron has written several first contact books, and each offers a different take.

Lots to think about after reading this book, especially how people would reaction differently to our first encounter with aliens.

The characters were center stage in this book and so well developed.

The pacing was great with lulls in the action for some introspection, and then something unexpected continually happens.

Highly recommend this book.
Robert Zimmerman
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First contact realistically defined

The story takes on a subject involving man's distrust and man's hope for first contact. I think Mr. Crawford did an excellent job using realistic models and scientific fact (somewhat) and made a great fictional story. This is my first review-and the second book I have read by this author. I have my favorites...he is fast becoming another one. You won't be disappointed!!
Frances Lafferty
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story about what First Contact could look like.

Interesting story about first contact, told from the view of a teenage who’s father is a missionary.

The best part is possibly the way the science involved in the story is explained. The blurb after the main story is awesome in my mind.
James Matter
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First contact done right by an indie author writing at bestseller standard or above

Definitely more than the sum of its parts, several classic tropes and plenty or truly original thoughts (often subtle but undeniable) skilfully spun and crafted into a beautifully written, gripping read.

Sci-fi that’s well done enough I’d happily recommend it even to non genre fans!
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