"Stellar example of excellent space opera"
It is such a large universe that the sentient races should
co-exist peacefully but that is not the case. Although
humans and idomeni have enclaves on each other's home
worlds there is little trust between the races and much
fear. Jani Killian is, thanks to a medical practitioner
that saved her life, a hybrid, part humanoid and part
idomeni. She has one foot in each world but the humans
fear her for what she has become and what it could mean to
the human race.
Even though it is treason, zealots, who hate the Idomeni
and want them to leave human space, are using violent
means to start a war. Some factions of the Idomeni want
to use Jan to further their own agenda but the hybrid is a
strong-willed independent thinker who will use whatever
means at her disposal to make certain that there will be
peace between the two races.
Kristine Smith knows how to tell a fascinating story about
two races in conflict with each other because each is
xenophobic. The heroine is a master of diplomacy who
wants the best for two races and favors neither when it
involves xenophobic plots and politics. The culture of
the Idomeni is complex and alien but not dangerous to
humans unless they provoke them. CONTACT IMMINENT is a
stellar example of excellent space opera.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 17, 2003