Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Emissary and Prequel: Never Go Home by Chris Rogers

Title: Emissary by Chris Rogers
Publisher: Chart House Press
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Series: Yes!
Page Count: 440 pages
Info: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

"On a desperate mission to save his entire race from extinction, Emissary Ruell travels to Earth equipped with his two most powerful bargaining currencies -- health and longevity -- hoping to convince the most powerful leader in the free world that collaboration can save both of their civilizations. Having no way to communicate directly with humans, Ruell must inhabit President Addison Hale's body to carry out his mission. 

He quickly discovers, however, that humans are more complex and volatile than anticipated. Only after admitting defeat does he encounter Kirk Longshadow, an ordinary cop who might be Ruell's last chance."


   If you like crime/conspiracy novels you would like this. However, this one has a science fiction kick to it.  The novel has a great and innovative merging of political thriller and science fiction.  In this novel the United States has elected a woman, President Hale, from a third party, Forward America, for President who has apparently succeed at implanting a greener way of living with the help of her husband, Grant. This USA is the ideal future people today would be happy to see. The first half of the book centers on Ruell, a Szehen Emissary, adapting to President Hale's body and human mannerisms. Ruell is an Emissary from the Szehen people who are trying to find new hosts to live in after their planet was destroyed. The Szehen survivors are mostly energy beings who need living hosts to recharge and prosper. Ruell has been chosen to go to Earth to see if the Human-Szehen bonding will succeed. President Hale is deemed as the best for trial host due to the seat of power the United States has compared to the other countries in the world. As another reviewer mentioned it was pretty slow for the first half of the book and then the pace increased. The first half of the book was Ruell adapting and giving readers a sense of the character for later in the book and future ones. 

   I have not read any books by John Grisham or Dean Koontz, but I feel like fans would like this if they are not close-minded to extraterrestrials added in. For me, in the end Longshadow redeemed himself as a good protagonist. Longshadow is a police officer in Houston, Texas who is coping with the loss of his wife, son, and brother who was a fellow cop. He is the struggling character who has the most potential for developing as a character. There is a climactic scene towards the middle of the novel that finally brings Longshadow and Ruell together. From there they delve deeper into the actions that happened and it takes them to locations they had never been before. It takes a while for Longshadow to become active in the story due to the recent losses earlier in his life putting him into a depressed, alcoholic state. Together, there is a lot of character development with Ruell and Longshadow in the novel that pairs with the pace of the story. 
     I am curious about what other situations the duo of Ruell and Longshadow will put themselves in. I'm interested to see how they will live with their symbiotic relationship. This is going to be a series of novels, the amount I do not know, but I look forward to see what Chris Rogers has next for the characters. 

This was obtained via NetGalley for review. Thank you to Chart House Press!

Never Go Home: An Emissary Short-Story Prequel
Page Count: 25 pages
Info: Goodreads / Amazon 

"Twenty-two emissaries have been posted in this sector, as yet without success. Of the four who have returned, not one survived without impairment. And now there is so little time. Does Earth offer a better chance of refuge? Or will the chaos tear an Emissary apart?​"

A great glimpse of Ruell's training to be an Emissary before he was sent to Earth. This is a great companion to Emissary and everyone should read it if they enjoyed Emissary. I want to read more about Ruell's life and the Szehen life before they had to leave their planet. I can't wait for the next book in the series!



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