First Contact: Strings Attached by Paul J. Nelson, J.D.
First Contact: Strings Attached is the first installment of the First Contact series from author Paul J. Nelson. The story takes place on Zeon, a planet in an obscure galaxy that orbits the Sun. Our main character Astronomer Zalk discovers he has a telepathic connection to a counterpart on a sister planet Arken. As he explores this connection he is offered wealth and new technologies in exchange for his participation in a grand scheme involving both planets. Zalk realizes he must question the intentions behind such offers and find out what is really going on. He embarks on an adventure across Zeon and joins forces with unexpected allies in order to save his world before it is too late.
First Contact: Strings Attached is author Paul J. Nelson’s first attempt at writing in the science fiction genre. Introducing readers to a new planet in a new galaxy and with a new language, he tells us this novel has been translated from the Zeon language welcoming us to dive head first with him into this new world. Following the playful preface and glossary of Zeon terms, the audience embarks on a journey across Zeon with Astronomer Zalk. Though the book starts out a bit tedious as the author establishes the necessary setting and backstory, readers will become used to the different terms and footnote explanations. Nelson’s prose is easy to read and through exciting plot twists, he delivers a cliffhanger as the start of his First Contact series. Readers will be left eager for the next installment.
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