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Turning Point (Sholan Alliance)

Turning Point (Sholan Alliance) [Kindle Edition]

Lisanne Norman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Cut off from Earth by alien conquerors, the human colony on Keiss was slowly building an underground resistance movement to stand against the Valtegan invaders. But for many of the colonists, it was already too late.

Her twin sister Elise captured by Valtegan soldiers, Carrie telepathically and empathically linked with Elise, experienced all the pain and terror that her sister was suffering. Only her twin's death freed Carrie from torment, though it also left her completely alone in her own mind for the first time in her life. But this mental void was unexpectedly filled with Kusac, a felinoid crewman of a crashed starship, touched her thoughts. Drawn to him by their shared Talent, Carrie hid the injured Kusac from the Valtegans and in so doing found a friend and an invaluable ally.

Yet though trust and udnerstanding between Carrie and Kusac was soon unshkable, it would prove far more difficult to convince each of their races that their only hope of overthrowing the Voltegans was to band together against the common foe. And even such an alliance offered no guarantee of success, for no one on any of the settled worlds had yet found a way to defeat this warrior race ready to lay waste to any civilization they could not conquer.


With Keiss conquered by Valtegan invaders, the colonists' only hope is Elise, a telepath who rescues Kusac, a felinoid victim of a starship crash, but first the two must convince their races to band together to defeat the Valtegans. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (1 Dec. 1993)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031Y9DA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #646,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars The WORST book I ever read! 15 Mar. 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe anyone would publish such a poorly written book, let alone continue with sequels. It was amazing I finished it at all, (it must have been a morbid fasination at the implausible plot).
The story is very poorly contrived. The characters were badly handled, their reasoning and actions were often unexplained. There was hardly anything alien about Sholans, besides appearence they seemed too human.
What dismayed me the most was the reckless use of telepathy without limitations. I didn't believe the incredible learning curve for language by osmosis, or the sudden ability to create illusions.
The dialogue was often tedious and very repetitive. Issues that were introduced early in the story were repeated in long passages of dialogue each time differing only in its phrasology.
Most of all there seemed no piont to the story, one of the Sholans could have said: "If we get a message to our ship they will come and destroy our ememy, if we don't they will still come and destroy them but they just won't be as prepared." So why write about it?
Had I the option to, I wouldn't give it any stars at all. If you like telepathy read 'The Rowan' by Anne McCaffrey. Its handling of characters and story is very eloquent compared to this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but the series is worth it. 21 May 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was rough and amaturish. There were gaps in the story line and leaps of logic I couldn't believe. Several times I was tempted to just quit reading, something I rarely do. However, I'm really glad I stuck with it. With each sucessive book in the series, Norman's skill noticably increased. The final two (thusfar) were outstanding. The information in this first book is important so read it just for background to the far superior ones that follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Come on people, it wasn't that bad! 28 Nov. 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading the other reviews for this book, I couldn't believe that my opinion differed so much. So okay, this isn't the best book ever written, but come on, it deserves more than one star! It was entertaining after all. It's not great literature, but if you're looking for a quick bit of entertainment that requires no thought, Turning Point fits the bill.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was barely readable. NO STARS 20 Aug. 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like other reviewers, I also found it hard to believe that anyone published this book. The basic concept is appealing but poorly realized. Many situations were absurd, like allowing a man-sized wildcat to sleep in a sick girl's room. Who would do that? Who would let a cat-sized wildcat sleep anywhere but in a cage? I found cigarrette smoking in a far future high tech colony to be ridiculous and annoying, but accepting the author's right create her world her way I still wondered why the character smoked on around page 3 then never wanted another cigarette, never even thought about one, till around page 130. The book was just barely not bad enough to not finish, and had it been longer I doubt this would have been the case. I am encouraged by the suggestion of others here that Norman gets better with later books, but I am a little concerned about the readers who wrote rave reviews: I was afraid I had wasted $35 buying the whole series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing - I couldn't put it down! 8 Jan. 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would have rated this book a 10, except that the rest of the series only gets better. In Turning Point Ms Norman has provided an intricate look at what could happen when two telepathic species meet and join forces. It explores all the classic sci-fi themes (xenophobia, diplomatic relations, war) and still did it so well that I had no idea what would happen next. I stayed up half the night to finish it!
I would recommend this book to anyone who like sci-fi in the tradition of Anne McCaffrey. Ms. Norman has a very similar knack for combining adventure, romance, and aliens in engrossing situations. Beware! You won't want to wait to go back to the bookstore for the next books in the series!
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