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A massive alien ship crashes into one of the most remote places on Earth – cutting all contact with the region.Within hours, Major Robert Beckman and his specially equipped Contact Team are hurriedly dispatched from Area 51 to investigate. Is it a forced landing, or the beginning of an invasion - a technological treasure trove, or an extraterrestrial pandora’s box that speA massive alien ship crashes into one of the most remote places on Earth – cutting all contact with the region.Within hours, Major Robert Beckman and his specially equipped Contact Team are hurriedly dispatched from Area 51 to investigate. Is it a forced landing, or the beginning of an invasion - a technological treasure trove, or an extraterrestrial pandora’s box that spells disaster for life on Earth?Infiltrating the vast tropical wilderness of northern Australia, Beckman’s team encounter strange machines, alien structures and a handful of human survivors struggling to evade capture. When Beckman’s team penetrates to the heart of the Mothership, they discover an answer they never expected and a universe far larger than they had ever imagined....

Title : The Mothership
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ISBN : 9780987434739
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Number of Pages : 560 Pages
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The Mothership Reviews

  • Danielle
    2018-11-16 05:02

    The Mothership had me guessing from beginning to end. With realistic characters, terrific action and an uncomfortably realistic alien contact situation, this is a must read for anyone who ever looked up at the sky and wondered what was really out there.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-05 23:08

    "The Mothership" is an explosive, fast -paced, action- packed science fiction thriller set in Australia's Northern Territory. Major Robert Beckam, a fair-haired, athletic leader and his second in command Master Sergeant Henry Hooper who's shorter, heavier with a gravelly voice are sent to investigate the crash site of an alien vessel which has cut off all communication in the region. What they have to determine is the alien's intent and whether or not they're hostile. If the answers found pose a threat to humanity Beckman must be prepared to find a weakness in the ship and to destroy it. Reluctantly Beckman and his force protection squad are encumbered with two civilians who are armed with their own agendas; Roland Markus a CIA operative and a young scientist Dr. Ian McIness. Unexpectedly Beckman and his team will also stumble upon Laura McKay, a zoologist whose husband Dan has been abducted by the aliens, and a primitive tribe that will guide them to the alien crash site.With great dexterity Renneberg weaves the first encounter from several perspectives including Major Beckman,the alien Nemza'ri, an inebriated hunting group, and an aboriginal Bandaka Wirrapingu into an engrossing story that exposes man's weaknesses when confronted with a species that's unknown. Blended into this riveting tale are encounters with highly advanced machines like the drones and strikers as well as monstrous amphibian creatures with massive shoulders, sharp claws and teeth.The characters are strong and colourful, natural in their interactions as events unfold in the smoothly flowing plotlines that continually intersect, then merge. Major Beckman and Roland Markus are complex characters determined and decisive in their decisions, but while one is self-sacrificing, the other's merciless in accomplishing his goal. Although the scientist Dr. Ian McIness isn't strong or well-trained he makes that up with his intelligence, tenacity and resolve. Bandaka Wirrapingu like all the members of his tribe are brave and fearless in the face of what they don't understand. I loved the wise-cracking bumbling efforts of the hunters- Bill, Wal, Slab and Cracker- as well as Nemza'ri the persistent low ranking technician, noble in her selfless efforts to save her shipmates and her race.The action's fast-paced, the story electric as the plot twists and turns, leading to an ending that will leave the reader amazed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to sci-fi lovers.

  • Buzz H.
    2018-12-17 02:44

    This was not a bad book, though I've enjoyed his others more. I would suggest reading this one after one or both of his Mapped Space novels.Very minor spoilers ahead.I found the interactions among members of the military special operations team to be a little unrealistic. Too much backtalk from and questioning of orders by subordinates. The scientist character really came across as a silly, naive stereotype given that he worked for an intelligence/military organization.The book was good enough that I finished it despite its length.

  • Thelma
    2018-12-04 02:57

    So. I didn't even reach the end of the second chapter.Prologue : This was fairly interesting but some of the writing just felt off? Like, we're with an alien that nicely explains us what stuffs represent in "human terms". While it doesn't seem like she has ever been on earth so why would she know 'human terms'? Also : is it omnicient or close third person narration? I do not know. But in both case it felt weird that the alien described her appearance...Chapter one : the part in the forest with the scientist was cool. The part at the military base with the summary of what's happening is okay.Chapter two : we're thrown the name, nickname, background and quick description of twelve people before quickly jumping to another group of people.I still don't know in what pov this is. I'll just stop here.

  • Adam
    2018-12-11 05:55

    Fun readThe writing and characters are a little too straightforward and the book could use a good dose of nastiness, but it's not bad

  • Peter
    2018-11-21 03:00

    Full disclosure, I received a copy of this book through Goodreads' First Reads program.The Mothership tells the tale of a spaceship craft in a remote part of Australian. A US military team is sent in to investigate and retrieve any alien technology they can find, and destroy it if it becomes a threat, and a few locals are also caught up in the alien crash.This book unfortunately left me cold, and part of it started right away, born out of my own shattered expectations. When I heard about the plot outline, I imagined a scenario where humans were being confronted for the first time with the truly alien, faced with a world-changing event, dealing with it as best they can and being way over their heads. Instead, we learn quite early on that, although this particular alien race may be unknown, the US military has had multiple UFO encounters, and the team are not only relative experts in this sort of thing, but carrying some salvaged alien weapons that even the odds a little. I suppose a good comparison is that it's a little like the approach the Stargate series takes, a few seasons in... which isn't a criticism, I loved that series, but it wasn't what I wanted from this book. The story is set in a world where much of the standard UFO lore can be taken at face value. Alien abductions really happen, the Greys are really assumed to be from Zeta Reticula, and even the assumed official motivations of them in observing Earth are ones I've seen in other sources (that believed them true). This is a fairly interesting approach, really, it's just not what I'd hoped for from the description, and so it was disappointing. Beyond the 'it just wasn't what I wanted' factor, I do feel the author tried to do a little too much, cover many angles when a more limited viewpoint might have been better. Right off the bat we see some scenes from the perspective of the aliens, which reduces a lot (though not all) of the mystery, and often during scenes of people interacting with alien technology, we, the reader, are given detailed information on exactly what the alien is doing from it's own perspective. This has the benefit of explaining some of what you might assume are stupid mistakes on the part of aliens, but on the other hand, knowing too much about how their technology works means there's much more rooms for questions the author didn't think of undermining the story, things they should be able to do but don't, for some reason. If we knew nothing about the aliens beyond what they humans could see (and speculate on), the mystery itself covers a lot of problems. These sudden peeks into the true nature of the alien devices is also one of the more glaring examples of the intermittently headhopping nature of the narrative. It's from a omniscient point of view, but through much of any given section, we're only told things somebody else in the room might see... except occasionally we suddenly get insight into the mind and motivation of a character (or machine). It can be jarring and I don't really think it serves enough of a purpose to compensate for that. Maybe if we'd stuck to a more limited perspective of a few alternating viewpoints, I would have connected more to the characters. They're all pleasant enough to read about, but there are a lot of them and not much distinguishes them them outside of certain well-worn tropes (like the science guy who's great in his element but has no idea how the universe really works). I never really got attached to any of them, but they moved the story along well. These flaws don't ruin the novel for me, most of the time I could push it out of my mind and enjoy it as a light adventure novel... and sure, maybe the book would have been even better if a couple hundred pages were carefully trimmed... but what really soured my enjoyment of the book was the ending. One of the great pleasures of books, compared to other media, is that the writer isn't constrained by budget, or having to fall back to a status quo, or worry about appealing to the lowest common denominator... and yet, in this, we get one of the worst TV-style endings you can do. It's the kind of ending that, even on television, would makes me roll my eyes, especially if we only got it after such a big build up. It made me feel like much of what I read was a pointless waste of time. I suppose much of the book, all along, felt like writing-for-television, mildly fun but not especially deep, but it wasn't until the conclusion that I really noticed.I try not to judge the whole book by a poor ending, and the book does have some good action scenes and well-thought-out examples of alien technology but it's hard to ignore the poor finish. It probably cost the book an entire star and made me unlikely to ever want to read it again.

  • Stephen
    2018-12-06 05:03

    Amazon reviews compare it to Niven, Clarke. Kirkus review:

  • Ed Tinkertoy
    2018-12-02 03:00

    I loved this book, although it had a couple things I did not like. The book is about a huge alien spaceship which crashes in a very remote area of Australia. Shortly thereafter planes that enter the airspace near the ship crash, satellites become inoperable, and other things happen that are unexplained. So a team is sent in stealth to investigate. Now one thing I did not like was the book did not give all of the back story. You had to pick it piece meal as you read. It was like starting in the second or third chapter of the story. There was obviously a lot that had happened at the famous Area 51 location because the lead character kept talking about Groom Lake and things they learned from there. They even had weapons from Groom Lake but no explanation how they got them.The book had great descriptions of alien technology, robots, and the ship. Although I don't recall a full description of it's size the estimate would be about the size of Ayers Rock in Australia, at the least. The story had it's own group of Three Stooges (actually 4 I think) for comic relief. They got caught up in the force field that the space ship erected but were more concerned about losing their beer and rifles, mainly the beer.The story ends with the team finding a place in the ship to review it's flight logs. They find what planet it was from, that it was not headed to Earth when it crashed, and that the ship was actually shot down by an "alliance" that did not like the aggressive nature of the species. At the end of the book the team is rescued by the Alliance, which also takes away the ship, wipes the minds of all of the team members, including the stooges, and tells the team leader why.I loved the final message in the story. Basically that there are plenty of other sentient species in the universe and they know about the species on Earth. But the other species have declined to make contact because of the nature of Humans. We have over the eons continued to make war and fight among ourselves and not get along with other human who are different. Consequently the other species see this as such a grand flaw that it would do no good to make contact. If humans cannot get along with themselves then they surely will not get along with other sentient species who will be even more different. In my view that is true and a powerful message.

  • Per Gunnar
    2018-12-13 01:52

    This is a fairly well written aliens-crash-on-earth science fiction story with a slight twist to it. The basic story is nothing particularly novel although, as the story develops, we later discover that the mothership is not “just” a crash-landed alien spaceship. The book have reused some of the all too standard components for this kind of book, in particular the all to naïve scientist versus the military who wants to blow the entire things up just to be on the safe side with a secret agent thrown into the mix just to make things interesting. Later on a few other odd characters are added to the group.In all the book is well written and the plot well enough thought out and executed for me to be interested in what was on the next page. At the same time it was not exactly wow-material. The story unfolded pretty much as expected even though there were a few twists here and there. Once these twists where exposed the ending was fairly predictable and not much of a surprise.Speaking of the ending, I cannot say that I was overly impressed by it. Naturally it involves same alien contact. Unfortunately it was pretty much the usual, you-are-not-ready, make-peace-not-war, bla bla speech, mixed up with a rather depressing it-will-take-a-long-time-for-you message and then of course some clean up and cover up. End of story. Well there is one more part to the ending but that one I cannot divulge without making a huge spoilerWorth reading but not fantastic.

  • Dean
    2018-11-28 04:53

    This review is long overdue and for that I apologize. I will start of by saying that I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I found it fairly easy to read and that the book was able to keep me reading page after page. I appreciated the mix of both sympathetic and unsympathetic characters, though I found that all of the characters' dialog grew tiresome after awhile.For constructive feedback, I found that many of the descriptions of the varied alien craft, tools, and technology often lacked enough detail for me to get a clear visual. I think if more careful consideration was taken with these details it would have added more clarity without a lot more volume.What I most appreciated in the book was some of the ideas and thoughts shared on the differing types of civilizations within the universe, and where earth may stand in the grand scheme of that space. It reminds me very much of theories proposed by physicist Michio Kaku.Overall I enjoyed this read and I look forward to future publications.

  • Éric Kasprak
    2018-12-09 01:53

    This is a very good sci-fi book. A sort of first contact story with many wrinkles. Some parts of the book reminded me of the movie Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger (tracking super advanced aliens in the jungle) and that's a good thing. The story is well writen with a clean and easy-to-read style and the pacing perfectly mix action, characters development and world building. The universe hinted by the author in this book is captivating and I can't wait to discover more of it with it's Mapped Space series.

  • Ed Morawski
    2018-11-17 23:56

    The beginning was a little rough for me - I would have just dropped Chapter 1 all together and made the Prologue Chapter 1 instead. But the story picked up steadily and soon became a page turner.This is a different take on the 'UFO crashes to earth' sci-fi tale and it works quite well. I especially enjoyed the Australia locale and aborigine involvement. And to top it all off there were some really interesting philosophical thoughts on our place in the universe - a real treat in a sci-fi thriller.The 550 page story ended all too quickly for me - another rarity these days.

  • Jamie
    2018-11-18 02:44

    Meh. Readable, just. At times absurd. I don't think the stereotypical Australian bogan characters were translated into scifi very well. Poor writing at times, like an teenage boy's. A lot of boring description. First 20% of book dragged, considered quitting up until then. Lapses in spelling, punctuation etc.

  • Tara
    2018-12-06 00:49

    I won this through First this is not my usual book, lol. However, I enjoyed it well enough, it really held my interest (and it was quite a long book). The story was well thought out and the time I spent reading it went pretty quick!I would read more books by this author in the future.

  • Mick Barley
    2018-11-26 02:01

    Struggled with characters who were not particularly likeable. Though the setting and idea seemed great, I was lost in the long passages of interior ship description that left not knowing what was up or down… I ran out of gas getting to the end.

  • Pelle Stene
    2018-12-10 07:02

    I would give this one 3.5 stars. It would have been 4 stars but it's to slow for that

  • Karen Blake
    2018-11-29 03:44

    OMGSo good. Fast paced, great character development, original, scary believable. Can't wait to read the next one. I wish I had the talent to write this well.

  • Dayle
    2018-11-23 05:54

    Excellent book! A very different SciFi.....see other 5 star reviews..

  • Pards
    2018-12-16 01:56

    What can I say.....--------WOW. Please, just read it!You will not regret it :)Well worth reading, thank you very much Mr Renneberg.