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REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Contact (A New World #1) by M.D. Neu


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A New World – Contact by MD Neu Publication date: February 4th 2019

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#LGBTQ+, #ScienceFiction

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband. On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

An alien race in desperate need of a new home.....and they find Earth.... they find something close to what they used to have, not exactly the same but close enough.

Although some bits are a little slow I think it's actually needed. Not only to learn about an alien race and get to grips with the pronunciation of names etc but also to get to know the characters and responses to the first confirmed alien contact.

Todd is my favourite human character. I find him very relatable. He behaves/reacts how I'd expect and has a lovely personality. He goes through a traumatic experience and finds himself having to pull himself back from an emotional blackhole. But his compassion is still there. He grows each time he re-enters the pages.

My favourite Nentraee character would have to be Mirtoff. She is everything a leader should be. She makes the tough decisions, she's loyal and loving. Like any great leader she has to tread the fine lines to ensure the best for her people.

There's a few places where the wrong names are used but it's not all the time so no major concerns there.

I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in to the next book!

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

4 out of 5 (very good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Todd lived with his husband and a cat, he works at creating adventures games and all of a sudden his brother come to tells him that Aliens are real and they are coming to earth. This isn't the first sci-fi book I've read but it is the first LBGTQ sci-fi book I've read. This book is categorized under romance but there is a very minimal amount of romance in it, the plot of the book was interesting than when it started to over explain I kinda lost my interest a bit than the last 1/4 of got better for me. There were quite a lot of swear words in there I'm not uncomfortable but some people might be.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

4 out of 5 (very good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I`ll start by saying I really enjoyed reading this book and found it difficult to put down, it really held my interest.

Mirtoff is the first character you are introduced to and she is immediately likable. It is clear she has been affected by death and hardship and most will find these aspects relatable. Before she comes across humans it is interesting to think what she would make of them ( as she is an alien)

The two other main characters which we are introduced to next are Todd and Jerry, a same sex couple, which I found really refreshing . The first chapter with them in has quite a lot of banal chat but I think this is intentional so as to give the reader a sense of normality. I did notice a reference to Brad holding Todd`s hand when it should have been his husband Jerry ( Brad is Todd`s brother) This was in location 33 as I was reading.

The story really begins to pick up pace in the third chapter with a slightly slow start, but again, that was due to scene setting and the alien/human perspective. The story switches between to two quite seamlessly. There is a really nice use of the characters personal thoughts as we go through the book in its entirety. In chapters 9/10 we really start to see the characters developing and the story marries together very well.

I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Todd, Jerry and their friend Dan, their to and fros were funny and warm. It was refreshing to read about aliens/humanoids which were friendly and peaceful . In fact, it was an act of terrorism by the humans which brought about any violence, which was a complete surprise and kept me gripped even more. In the aftermath Todd`s grief was palpable.

All in all I found the book very enjoyable, it was very descriptive and I loved that the female characters were very strong and in powerful positions, it was a nice take on equality. The ending left no doubt there is a follow up book which I will definitely read!

I give the book 4/5

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he's always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing. Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world. When M.D. Neu isn't writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of eighteen plus years.

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