Some say the Areth are our salvation, others say they are our doom.Retired Colonel Nick Tanner doesn't care.Not until Caitlin Montgomery, the woman he was never able to forget, finds him in his solitude and changes everything.His son -- the child he was told died 25 years before -- is alive and needs him. Nick will do whatever it takes to bring Michael home. He'll lay downSome say the Areth are our salvation, others say they are our doom.Retired Colonel Nick Tanner doesn't care.Not until Caitlin Montgomery, the woman he was never able to forget, finds him in his solitude and changes everything.His son -- the child he was told died 25 years before -- is alive and needs him. Nick will do whatever it takes to bring Michael home. He'll lay down his life, if that's the cost to reveal the truth and stop the Areth.Now, he cares. And if he ever finds the Areth that stole his son from him, she'll pay....
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Oh My GoshI loved this book. The beginning of this series is an emotional ride. I read this book in two sittings, could've been done in one of i hadn't started late in the evening. So aliens who look like humans show up and make buddy buddy. After fifty years together pretty much a part of life in every aspect. Yet there is a small group of people who know there is more than what the aliens have shown. There is secret hidden labs, escape plans, long lost loves and family, action, happy times and sad times. Overall lots to keep you reading till the end.
The Areth have come to be humanity’s salvation, or so we are told. Providing medical advances and curing most diseases, the Areth have helped humankind but at what cost? Retired Colonel Nick Tanner doesn’t care, retreating to his cabin he just wants to be left alone. Then Caitlin Montgomery, the woman he has never forgotten, shows up on his door with the earth shattering news that the son he was told died 25 years ago was alive and being held captive by the Areth. Now Nick is not going to let anything stand in the way of rescuing his son, even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart.Years ago Caitlin choose to believe the Areth’s philosophy regarding relationships and ended her relationship with Nick. Now she is aware of the truth and is working with an underground group called The Phoenix Rebellion to rescue those being held against their will. Caitlin agrees to ruin her career to help atone for her poor decision to leave Nick years ago, despite the personal pain she feels in being in Nick’s company again, she is going to use everything in her power to help Nick get his son back.When I first started reading this story I kept doing a mental comparison to the TV series “V”. A group of beings that look like us have come down to be our salvation and it is only after they have taken control of the world peacefully that some individuals start to realize that we have lost all control of our lives. The Areth have not shared their advanced technology with us, just medical care and their ships are circling above our world, keeping us from leaving or contacting any of the other life forms we now know exist. I have to admit I struggled to get into the story at the beginning, the story starts with Caitlin going to Nick’s house to inform him that his son is alive. The Prologue explains about the Areth coming but I was still confused until mid-way through the story.That being said, once I was into the story I was really sucked in. The plight of the small group working to save others from the horrible experiments being performed by the Areth was touching. What sets us apart from others is our humanity, that inner spark that allows us to fight against insurmountable odds, believing that the rescue of even one soul is worth the sacrifice.The novel is written from the view-point of several different characters. After the initial meeting between Caitlin and Nick, the novel switches to the view-point of Michael, Nick’s son who is captive. The story continues switching from several of the characters to explain things to the reader, without all the repetitive dialogue that can occur when an author has a lot of back story to cover. As the climax built, I couldn’t put the book down. A resolution was reached but the story was left WIDE open for further books. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series The Phoenix Rebellion Book II: Outcasts when it is released in February 2010.
Delaney scores with Book One of the Phoenix Rebellion, "Revolution." Set in the near future, Delaney puts together an ensemble cast of characters and pits them against the Areth for the survival of the human race.The Areth come from outer space and appear human. They've come to Earth and shared medical technology with us, but little else. A group of humans, "The Phoenix Rebellion," believe the Areth do not have peaceful intentions toward the human race. Covertly, a member of the Rebellion, Dr. Caitlin Montgomery, infiltrates the Areth's medical complex in New Mexico. Caitlin learns that an Areth scientist, Kathleen, gave birth to a half-human, half-Areth child, Michael. Michael's father is a human, Col. Nick Tanner. Caitlin finds Nick in Maine and shares the information with him. He's stunned. He thought his wife and son had died in childbirth. Without a second thought, Tanner joins the Rebellion, despite the fact that his feelings for Caitlin are complicated due to their previous affair which ended badly.Nick finds General Castleton in Colorado and meets other members of the Rebellion – a married couple, Lilly, who is a doctor and her pilot husband, Jace. There's also an empath, Dr. Beverly Surimoto. After a carefully coordinated plan, the Rebellion attack the Areth's complex in New Mexico, hoping to free the Areth's subjects – including Michael. An Areth scientist, Victor, has befriended Michael and helps the Rebellion. All is not well with Victor though, as he begins having a mental breakdown. The escape from the Areth's complex in New Mexico is a thrill ride, but one of the Rebellion loses his life and the fate of the human race hangs precariously in the balance.Delaney's writing is sharp. After a quick introduction to the Areth, Delaney jumps into the story. The plot flows well, never lingering. Delaney uses a good economy of words to paint descriptions. It's easy for the reader to visualize her futuristic world. Delaney's characters are what makes this science fiction story shine. Col. Nick Tanner is a passionate man who has been hurt deeply in the past. Learning to trust Caitlin again is a struggle. Caitlin, for her part, realizes the folly of her youth, and tries to make up for it. The couple's chemistry is on a slow, smoldering burn that threatens to consume both when ignited. Victor's plight is heartbreaking, especially since he's an alien who shows Michael compassion. Michael's condition is intriguing. It's never fully explored in this book, leaving the reader wanting to discover more about him.The story is "sophisticated" for romance readers. Delaney's love scenes are intense, yet tasteful. Book One: Revolution is a story packed with adventure, excitement, and love, making it a thrilling start to "The Phoenix Rebellion" series.
Book 1 is set on Earth after years of subtle take over by an alien race. It delivers the back story while developing the characters of the two main protagonists Nick Tanner and CJ Montgomery, building them so that you can easily step into their point of view. Mrs. Delaney has accomplished a remarkable move here in balancing between the two and the story is quite enjoyable. I look forward to the next installment.
3.5 stars. Started a bit slow but picked up mid book and ends with one hell of a cliff hanger. I uploaded and read book 2 the same day I finished this one. Just uploaded book 3 and hoping the pace continues.