- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Profoundly One Publishing
- Publication Date: January 2, 2020
- ISBN-10: 1732740852
- ISBN-13: 978-1732740853
Sam never knew his parents. In fact, he’s never met another human—or seen a sunrise, smelled a flower, or eaten a regular meal. All of that is about to change.
It’s night in the desert, but he doesn’t feel the cold. The sky is clear, and the stars twinkle at him. He has never seen the sky from Earth before. Everything looks so strange. So . . . alien. He shakes his head in wonderment and laughs. He can’t stop smiling. This is Earth!
There is a building ahead. Other people will be inside. His heart skips a beat as he takes a step forward, the rocks crunching under his bare feet. He has dreamed of this moment for as long as he can remember.
But that which can be found can just as easily be lost again. It would have been better had Sam’s arrival gone unnoticed. But the artificial life form known only as the Authority is not one to miss such things. Nearly as old as time, and almost as powerful, the Authority was built by an ancient civilization as both an enforcer and a war machine, the destroyer of worlds. It has been watching Sam his entire life. Watching, and waiting, and judging. And now, it has decided that it’s time to act.
The Earthling’s Brother has it all– engaging characters (including an alien), unexpected plot twists, and compelling action (to save the Earth, of course), and with lots of humor, love, and hope, too. I was hooked from the first page and kept reading to find out what could possibly happen next! In the best way possible, it reminds me of classic SciFi stories like Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land but with a lot more awareness and a much better love story. A wonderful story overall and a stellar (pun intended) ending! I’ve read hundreds of science fiction novels, and this one has jumped to near the top of my list of favorites. Highly recommended!
I used to read sci fi all the time in my youth, before gradually drifting off to the realms of urban fantasy. But this book reminds me why I loved the genre so much.
The Earthlings Brother is full of wonder, tension, and flashes of horror all skilfully interwoven with moments of humour.
On the face of it, this is a story about a being that ends up on earth and is chased by both the US military and an all-powerful non-human entity, the Authority.
But at its core it is about being a stranger in a terrifying and sometimes unwelcoming world, and what it means to be human, even if technically you’re not of this planet .
This particularly applies in the case of a certain odd-looking alien (no spoilers) who you’ll end up adoring.
The relationship between Sam and his ‘brother’ Mustafa is fabulous, from their child-like wonder of Earth and Earth customs (the Walmart scene had me chuckling) to the genuine fear that one or the other of them would be captured or killed.
Beann has really honed his writing style in this book. He does a good job of establishing various supporting characters, so much so that I badly wanted to punch one of them in the face. And the story draws obvious parallels with the discrimination faced by immigrants in today’s world.
All the way through, you are rooting for the good guys and the ending, when it comes, is very satisfying.
If you like sci fi adventures, you’ll love this. 5 stars, highly recommended.