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Close Encounters

(Alien Affairs #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,190 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Kiera Smith is not like ordinary Genetically Engineered Persons...

The Bureau of Alien Affairs needed a special GEP agent with empathic abilities to handle their most extraordinary assignments—and a rogue geneticist saw to it that Kiera fit their specifications. But she turned out stronger, faster, smarter, and more impervious to harm than anyone anticipated. A reluctant "s
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Harper Voyager (first published March 25th 2009)
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Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bad-science
This is a pretty dumb book. It frequently gave me the desire to enrol the author in a remedial tenth-grade science course. But at least it's inoffensively dumb?

So, Kiera Smith is a GEP (genetically engineered person, I think.) But unlike other GEPs, whose genes are drawn from the human population, hers are drawn from GEPs!one1! Which means she has all sorts of abilities normal GEPs don't have: super strengh, and super speed, as well as limited telepathy and enhanced healing. [This space reserved
Oct 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was pointed to this as a solid sf romance. I think the "sf" should be kindly removed, at least where "solid" is concerned. And we're talking a soft science, basic field anthropology.

Kiera is your typical genetically enhanced human with super strength and empathic psychic abilities, self-described as a "blonde bombshell" in this first-person-narrated tale -- yup, right on the first page. But of course she suffers from a terrible sense of loneliness, since even among genetically engineered folks
Lyndi W.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Interesting story, it was a engaging read. I wanted to throttle Keira quite often, but she acknowledged her shortcomings so quickly, I couldn't stay upset. The "Big Secret" that everyone is trying to figure out ends up being explained so poorly that I basically had to just brush it off and pretend it made sense so I could finish the story. And the ending is super rushed and oddly cobbled together. I feel like the author wrote the first 85% and then realized she needed to wrap shit up in only 15% ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Are you a fan of Anne McCaffrey with her ships that speak, and races that seem to mean more than meets the eye? How about a heroine that is genetically engineered to protect that which she is swore to protect and that was satisfied with traveling the cosmos with her ship until fate lad her to the burly arms of a tribal man? Well, look no further than the debut novel of Katherine Allred, Close Encounters.

Meet Kiera Smith, a GEP(Genetically Engineered Person) with her cocky ship, Max and the rock
Carolyn F.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sfr, library-book, sci-fi
Loved this book! The cover - eh - but the book was great. Kiera is a super human brewed up in a laboratory by an evil genius (of course). She's sent to new planets when there are claims by companies to take over the planet and to see if all claims are legitimate. She's sent to Orpheus Two and learns all kinds of fascinating stuff. I see this is Alien Affairs #1, so hopefully I will see more of Kiera in Alien Affairs #2.
Virgil Fuqua
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Okay folks Katherine is a good writer. She has written mainly Romance stories as far as I can determine till this one. I'm basing this on the list of books on her web site.
From reading her excerpts from her other works, and this one I'm reviewing I can determine that she writes well. She catch me the reader attention and hold it. Why then the three stars and not better?

One of the criteria a writter she stick with is write about what you know. This story C
The first book in the Alien Affairs series by Katherine Allred. Kiera Smith is a GEP, not a natural. Meaning she was created in a lab versus born of a woman and man. But she was created superior. Now she is indentured to Alien Affairs and sent to Orpheus Two to investigate claims that the indigenous people are dying out. A company named Dynatec is laying claim on the planet and one has to wonder why. Once there Kiera meets the Buri people. Thor, the name Kiera gives the Buri man that Kiera is at ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
This has been on and off my to-read list several times. I keep adding it when I get in the mood for something science fiction related but then end up taking it off again.

I finally made the attempt and sadly this just isn't for me. It is kind of cheesy in the way that lots of romance novels are but had there been a better story in there somewhere I might have at least finished it, but I just kept putting it down. I just kept rolling my eyes.

Everything felt contrived. Everything. The heroine was
Kylie Griffin
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sfr
I'm not usually a huge fan of first person romance novels (and this is the second one I've read recently that I've really liked).

Hat's off to Katherine Allred for her ALIEN AFFAIRS:CLOSE ENCOUNTERS novel. From the start I was gripped by her heroine, Kiera, and the world-building.

What caught me first was the blurb - I have an interest in genetic-engineering, nothing too scientific, more along the lines of how manipulating traits and giving a character certain talents or enhanced abilities would p
Sep 22, 2010 rated it liked it
You have to go into this book being clear on what it is: a genial contemporary-style romance blended with a 1950s-style space opera of the H. Beam Piper type. If you know much science, particularly biological science, set it aside; you'll be much happier without it for the duration.

The slightly Mary Sue-ish Keira (beautiful and kickass, but what heroine isn't these days?) is an enjoyable narrator, and although she doesn't face much real opposition and it's always very clear where things are goi
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

Characters were flat and one-dimensional, and the main character I found quite unlikable.

As far as SciFi Romance goes, I've definitely read better.

I won't be continuing this series.
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Close Encounters takes place a few hundred years in the future. Science and technology has evolved and space travel is the norm. Cloning is also accepted and these clones are called Genetically Engineered Persons, also knows as GEPs. Natural Humans are called Naturals. When GEPs were created, there were some prejudices against them. But that stopped when the Galactic Federation Council passed the Equality Edict to stop the bigotry. But bigotry can not be erased, it just goes into hiding, so says ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Kiera is a GEP (Genetically Enhanced Person) who works for Alien Affairs. I thought this was interesting. See, a corporation will commission a GEP and they will be created for a specific job(s). What I didn't care too much for was how Keira was the best of the GEP (she's been enhanced far more than the average one). It was too much she is "special." Alien Affairs has rules/regulations that exist to protect indigenous species for evil corporations. Kiera is their best agent (any surprise there?). ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
-fascinating world
- great premise
- interesting protagonist
- lots of potential for more interesting stories in a series

- had trouble with the way the characters sometimes interacted with one another, in the sense of some things happening too quickly to be plausible sometimes, motivations didn't always makes sense to me
- didn't care for the way the protagonist seemed very ready to have another female character provide for her food needs without a second thought, felt dismissive and disr
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
As a SciFi Romance this book was a pleasant enough read, but a bit too easy in my opinion.

First there's Keira:
she's just too much in my opinion. I like my lead characters to have some flaws, but Keira is just nearly perfect in every way. Ok, she has her emotional issues, but those are added to an otherwise complete and perfect package and didn't make me feel for her, instead it made her look whiny.

Then there are the Buri:
Why is it that in every SciFi Romance I come across the aliens are basic
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys SFR
A new to me author, Ms. Allred captured my attention from the first page. I love Science Fiction Romance, and Close Encounters was a great one.

Keira Smith is a GEP, a genetically enhanced person, who works for the Bureau of Alien Affairs. Her latest assignment has sent her to Orpheus II, to determine if the native population is actually dying out. The bad guys Dynatec have filed to have the planet turned over to them once the natives are gone. Unfortunately, that only gives Keira two months to f
The Buri world building and backstory was very interesting, I find myself wishing the series was following them rather than the GEP's (Genetically Engineered Persons) of the Alien Affairs bureau. As a uber-GEP I thought the heroine of this story had it a bit too easy. The rest of the characters were a bit flat (or maybe I was just hoping to get to know them better). I had this book tagged as sci-fi but I definitely have to switch this over to the futuristic romance category as there really wasn' ...more
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fans new to sci-fi; those looking for a light sci-fi romance read
I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much but it was really quite a good story - the storyline was different to the usual sci-fi romance that I have read so far which was a nice break from the norm. And it was quite a nice and 'light' read as opposed to some I have read recently which are quite dark stories.

There was some action, mystery, adventure and fantasy set on a new alien world and mixed up with a love story/romance running through the majority of the book.

A nice little read and one that
I think this book can be summed up in one word: Overkill

Holy Shit is this bad! I got to chapter 3 and could not continue. The main character is an annoying super person, supersonic alien affairs person-thing. She is faster, stronger, smarter, better than anyone else and if you don't know it she will let you know every two pages of how awesome she is. It goes into my complete shite shelve NOW!
May 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Awful! This is one of the worst books I've ever read in my life. It's boring, uninspired, and generally reads like a draft. Numerous technical errors buffet the inconsistent "plot," all the characters are one-dimensional -- half of them obvious Mary Sues (the MC is an author self-insert) -- and there is a clear lack of skill on the author's part. DON'T READ IT! It's a huge waste of time. I'd sell it, but I don't want to do that to anyone.
NebulousGloom (FK)
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
While the main character wasn't hugely appealing from page 1, she grew on me. Generally, the book was well written, the characters were likable and the plot was compelling. The main negative was that the main character seemed a bit dense to be superhuman. Still, I really enjoyed it and will read others of hers.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a good book. Not fantastic. It appealed to all the emotions which women are inclined to seek stimulation of. There was love, lust, trust, safety, self-sufficiency, belonging, and hope. All in all.. I good warm fuzzy book! While I enjoyed it, I probably won't be seeking out other novels by the author.
Varied Books
Apr 27, 2016 marked it as undecided  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'll p/u. Only told in hpov which is a bummer.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Did not enjoy this book at all.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Given up after 50 or so pages :( SciFi that is starting to descend into Mills & Boon. Not for me.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this book up on a whim. I think it was recommended by Goodreads based on other books I have read. I was hoping for a Sci-Fi book with some romance and this book is more romance with some Sci-Fi elements. There isn't lots of time given over to explaining technology, which I appreciate, but there also is a lot of awkward scenes. Characters move or do things that don't make a lot of sense in order to set up later actions. There are smexy bits but descriptions are not over the top. Overall ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A good read about first contact, with an engaging protagonist, an attractive love interest, a great companion-beast, and some good twists of plot and character.

Sadly, however, it didn't much rise above cliche: the noble indigenous race whose culture and planet are threatened by greedy exploiters - it's like a return to "Avatar" with a superhero viewpoint.
The storyline was good, the characters believable enough, but the main character was conceited and had no morals.
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Katherine Allred was born in Arkansas and spent her formative years there learning to love books at her grandfather's knee. When she was five, her mother remarried and moved them to Michigan, where they stayed for the next ten years. At age fifteen, the entire family moved back home to Arkansas, and she's been there ever since, except for brief stints in other countries and states while her hubby ...more

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