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Earth: Final Conflict: Arrival [Hardcover]

Fred Saberhagen
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31 Dec 1999 Earth: Final Conflict (Book 1)
Jonathan Doors. A man at the head of the world's largest corporation, Doors International. A man of wealth and power, with the resources to change the world. A man whose life is about to change forever. In the early days of the twenty-first century, The Earth stands still to hear the message: "We are the Companions...." The Taelons have arrived from beyond the stars on mission of mercy, to help humanity claim its destiny. Contacted by these Companions, Jonathan Doors helps introduce the aliens and their fantastic technology to the world. but there is a dark shadow behind the Taelons' bright promises, and when it is revealed to Jonathan Doors, he will become their greatest enemy.
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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (31 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873028
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,471,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enticing...space operatic enough to satisfy any fan". -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointing 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was delighted when I walked into Forbidden Planet London and saw Fred Saberhagen's "The Arrival" staring out at me from a preview shelf. Moments later I was sitting in the Burger King across the street starting into the book.
It started off with a lot of promise. The opening has Jonathon Doors and his wife Amanda awaiting the Arrival of the Taelons on earth. Quite I good start I though, I was curious to know what the reaction would be to an alien race arriving. Unfortunately then it went downhill. Why? Well I found the book to bear no recognition to the show that I know and love. Two of the main Taelon characters in the book are named Namor and Lekren. I for one liked the split Taelon names and was hoping to see that continue as a trend or even a culture statement of the Taelons.
The next problem? Well I found the Taelons to be totally unconvincing as Taelons. They spoke in long sentences and even explained themselves on a number of occasions. Also they bow or have the "gesture of agreement" even second sentence. Ok so I am exaggerating slightly, but it felt like they were, even the author says, "again the gesture of agreement" and "The Companion performed his gracious little bow". I also have great trouble with the image of a Taelon "pulling out a chair" and sitting down, nevermind wearing a seatbelt.
Little problems like that first caught my eye and began to turn me off the book. I found it quite hard to actually finish it. The main story is not of Jonathon Door's, but of his father Jubal Doors. This entire part of (and as the majority of the book) bored me. It was slow paced and spent far too much time mentioning Jubal's attempt at seducing a young actress.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Companion Mystery 6 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a big fan of the television series, Gene Roddenburry's Earth: Final Conflict, and personally I would have found myself reading this book one way or another. I was happily surprised, though, by both the ability of the author to accurately portray the Taelons, and by the actual basis of the story. At first review, I believed the novel would span a much longer period of time after the arrival of the alien Companions. As I found out, half of the book is actually spent in a flashback that yields incredible information about both the Taelons and another mysterious type of being that I had not known about previously through the TV program. This past-tense adventure, told through the eyes of Jonathan Doors' father, is an insightful tale in itself, bordering on fantasy slightly more than science fiction. Then, following Jubal Doors' confessional, occurrences in the present begin to uncannily equate to those from the past. Pure action encompasses the better part of the conclusion of the novel, and thus the reader knows what Jonathan Doors truly stands for. As was Gene Roddenburry's ongoing intension, the mystery of alien abilities never ceases throughout the tale. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested, whether or not the reader has knowledge of the show on TV. Of course, I believe that having watched the show since its premiere made this first tale of The Arrival even more comprehensible, and certainly much more intriguing.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disapointed, but still perhaps worth a reading 25 Jan 2000
By Kay A Hollender - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was OK. Not great. I would think they would want to start the EFC book line with the best story they could get. Still this book had it's good points. It didn't totally rewrite EFC history. The story does explain how Doors starts to suspect and work against the Talons. Thats the good point of the book.
The bad points. Mainly technical plot errors. Errors which show that the writer of this book does not exactly watch the show reguarly. 1. The writer does have the Talons touching humans, taking and mimicing their DNA. 2. A rocket missile is said to have hit a Talon shuttle, but the shuttle isn't even scratched. This is contradictory to an episode in which a shuttle is destroyed by a rocket launcher. 3. This mistake was a major disapointment to read. The write says a Talon is scratched, bleeding black blood. Hello! The Talons are suppose to be pure energy! They just had an episode about the Talons being worshiped just becuase of that. There are also numerous refrenses in the show to this fact. (Like when Zo'or was a jury member in the Ro'ha trial.)
I know it's just a book based on a show, but it's still sooo much more enjoyable when a book accurately fits in with the show's plots.
Bottom line: wait for the Paper back if you must read this. Don't get me wrong, the book is good in some points. Just little details like these just ruin the plot sometimes.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Cool 27 Dec 1999
By Robyn Colopy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
'The Arrival' is an ultra-cool book, it is not nearly as 'fannish' as one would expect. There are some plot problems, but not major ones, for example, the show suggests the first Taelon landings were during the day, not at night. Also, the cover is slightly misleading-it shows the EFC character 'Lili Marquette', but she is not even mentioned in this book. Most of 'The Arrival is written in a flash back to 1936, a time when Doors' father is 'abducted' by the Taelon 'Lekron.' Dispite the fact that most books based on tv shows are quick reads, this book is well written. I reccomend this book to EFC fans-you know who you are-and others, though if you are not an Earth Final Conflict fan, I suggest you watch the show for a better understanding of the characters.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Earth Final Conflict's History re-written" 15 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was very bad. I always have a problem when authors go back in the history of a story line without knowing what the show is all about. The author of this book doesn't watch EFC, or if he does it is a different show than I watch. He brings in things that are totally wrong, I did not like this book and will not buy the other ones when they come out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A must read - for insomniacs! A Major Yawn! 20 Mar 2000
By ScaperGal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a disappointment! After eagerlay awaiting the first EFC book and having to have it 'hot off the press', after only a few chapters I wondered why I bothered. The author began the story with gusto then became mired in the most boring trivia, going on ad nauseum for over a hundred pages where nothing more happened than Doors slept / tried to find food / got lost / found his way again and had some terrible visions. The inaccuracies with the storyline were a glaring embarrassment. One could have forgiven those errors if the story had been rivetting enough to hold a reader's attention. The only saving grace, I really liked the dust cover. Please Mr. Saberhagen do your homework before you attempt another novel. It makes for excellent bedtime reading ... for an insomniac.
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