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Jordan Cady is first officer of a United Airlines flight on a routine flight when their aircraft is captured. They are taken aboard an alien space ship, apparently the only survivors from a comet destroying the earth. The captian dies of a heart attack soon after, and now it is Jordan that the survivors look to for leadership. On board the alien vessel, Kào was rescued / captured himself when he was only three and has been raised by his adoptive father Moray, who is in charge of the ship. Kào has recently been imprisoned by the Talagars and tortured. Since his return to the Alliance, Kào has found himself unable to connect with others.
Grant really has a good grasp on the concept of ‘alien abduction’ – the practacalities of the various emotions – panic, the dawning ‘we are not alone’ feeling, anger, fright, survivor guilt, helplessness – as well as of the situation in which Jordan and the others on board flight 58 might find themselves – the language barriers, technologies and lack of operations knowledge of even the seemingly simple things, the risk of disease etc that both new races face. This was a very enjoyable aspect of the book and gave great depth to the work as a whole. It certainly deepened the emerging relationship between Jordan and Kào. The conflict between their differing loyalties is well told, but also resolves itself as they acknowledge, at least internally, their feelings for each other. They come to trust each other despite their situation, and having made that bond of trust, it holds true. Call me idealistic, but I found that very touching. The feelings that exist between them are naturally expressed in a physical way and Grant handles this well too, making the sexual scenes both hot and also meaningful.
There is also complexity to the basic plot – spies on all sides, working out who can be trusted, the true fate of Earth and the inevitability of the resulting action (right through to the epilogue). I was very satisfied by the end of the book that Jordan and Kào were heroes that got the ending they deserved. And yet the end is only the beginning of a new Alliance…
"Contact" has an intriguing premise, along the lines of the movie "Millennium" - aliens abducting people from planes to save them. In the movie, the planes were boarded and the "to be" victims of plane crashes were removed and spirited off to
save them. Grant goes one-step farther, having a whole 747, passengers and all swallowed up by an alien spacecraft The Survivor. From fright, the pilot dies, so it is up to the co-pilot, Jordon, to keep 300 passengers sane and safe. At first, they fear it is a terrorists attack, but soon the enormity of snatching a whole 747 causes them to comprehend, nothing in this world could do that. Following Sherlock Holmes' rule of thumb, they are left with the unbelievable, but indisputable fact that aliens have abducted them.
Kao is the alien in charge of handling the Earthlings. He finally convinces Jordan Earth is no more, hit by the impact of several huge meteors, it was destroyed and the Survivor snatched the plane to keep them from perishing as well. It's not easy. The passengers have to learn a new language, face the crippling grief of losing all their love ones, but Jordon keeps them moving forward.
Despite her attraction to the powerful and sexy Kao, she begins to suspects she is not being told the truth and there is much more than just the lives of the 300 passengers at risk. Caught in a Galactic war, the survivors of the 747 are pawns in a deadly game.
It's a fast paced, logical book that keeps you hooked from the start and does not let you down. Grant shines as one of the driving forces in Sci-Fi/Futuristic Romance genre today.
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