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Nine brilliant scientists travel light-years on a one-way trip to an Earthlike planet. Their mission is to study from orbit the two species of intelligent lifeforms on the surface. The first: an isolated people embarking on civilization and building their world's first city. The second: a brutal race of massive predators, spread thick and still growing across the dominant landmass - destined to breed and eat their way to extinction within a few centuries.

After eight years of observation, disaster strikes the orbiting station, and only two crewmembers eject successfully. Drifting down through a dark, alien sky, the pair realizes their escape pod launched not toward the safety of the city but to the other side of the planet, touching down deep inside a land no human could possibly survive.

©2014 Michael Siemsen (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • Cheryli
  • 11-02-2016

Extraordinary

My first experience of Michael Siemsen story-telling and will definitely not be my last. Fascinating, exciting and richly detailed, I have nothing but praise for Exigency. Julia Whelan was a wonderful narrator and I could not imagine anyone more accomplished in bringing the diverse characters to life.

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  • sukie
  • 22-01-2017

an entertaining eventful alien story

once you get over the disorientation of the opening scenes its a rattling good story

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  • Patrick
  • 07-10-2016

Lose yourself and believe

A wonderful story, imaginative, rich, vibrant charecters who make you want to hug them or throttle them!
Kudos to Julia Whelan who brought the story alive and made the characters real and so affecting.
4 stars, there were certain 'longeurs' but I loved this.

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  • Fran
  • 21-09-2016

entertaining space opera

good storytelling including skilful internal dialogue of main character! Descriptions of aliens slightly less convincing. Lively narrator, would read another

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  • Jodie
  • 25-05-2016

I can see this being a film

Loved the idea of the story.... I wish that the forward and backwards was more sectioned so it's not as confusing.
descriptions of the creatures were confusing and I couldn't picture any of them.
I wish I'd loved this more. I found myself getting distracted and realised I'd missed a chunk of the story! Maybe I'll try it again one day.

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  • bguinness
  • 19-10-2016

Amazingly bad

Would you try another book written by Michael Siemsen or narrated by Julia Whelan?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan’s performances?

No.

Any additional comments?

Take a book for £3 get someone to narrate it and sell it on for £20. It's not worth it. The idea behind the story is great but poorly developed. The narration is really annoying.

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