Second Contact

Second Contact

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Becker investigates the killing of two crew members whose bodies have been suspiciously jettisoned into space without an autopsy. Had they really been aliens? As he hunts the evidence he realises that, far from being the hunter, he has become the more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 110 x 178mm | 159g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0099741504
  • 9780099741503

Review Text

Mediocre aliens-among-us/governmental paranoia yarn from the author of Ivory and the excellent Paradise (1989). Military lawyer Max Becker is ordered to defend space navy Commander Wilbur Jennings; the latter, accused of murdering two crewmen, is now held in a mental hospital. Not at all pleased with the assignment, Becker soon learns that Jennings is refusing to plead insanity despite his claim that the crewmen he admittedly killed were really aliens! Struggling to build a case, Becker attempts to interview witnesses from Jennings' ship - only to find them suddenly and mysteriously unavailable. So, needing some high-powered computer help, Becker turns to old friend and hacker-whiz Jaimie Nchobe - but she succeeds only in attracting a horde of military security agents intent on assassinating Becker! Becker and Jaimie flee, but keep on probing military computers for a hint of who's behind all the ruckus. Turns out that the two dead crewmen weren't aliens, but androids gathering information for the alien Chebotti, under a sort of hush-hush, government-sponsored military exchange program. Resnick has certainly tagged the way the modern military mind works. Pity he couldn't do better than decorate it with old-hat plotting and cardboard characters. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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127 ratings
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4 33% (42)
3 43% (54)
2 8% (10)
1 2% (3)
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