Dominant Species Volume Two — Edge Effects (Dominant Specie
Spanning a millennium, the Dominant Species Series is a panoramic story of human and alien species locked in mortal conflict. Against this backdrop of deadly biological rivalry, humankind will fight an inner battle whose outcome is as final–and as brutal–as natural selection itself.
Volume Two – Edge Effects
It is the year 3012. The human incursion begins.
40 warp days from Earth is the newly discovered planet, Verde’s Revenge – a jungle planet green, thriving, and fertile. Containing a wealth of natural resources, it is the chosen location for a new off-world colony. Earth’s enormous colonizing machinery is beginning preparations for the coming human invasion. But by law, the planet’s flora and fauna must be inventoried for biological hazards before human feet can tread there. An apparent glitch in the system has put the surveys behind schedule – and contractors are already on the planet’s surface.
Biologist Rachel Sanders thinks she has drawn a lucky card when she’s hired to perform the biological surveys on Verde’s rich ecosystems. She will soon discover new and diverse species – and long the way reveal a growing threat more perilous than she could ever have imagined.
In this volume of the story we are transported to a new world populated with a lush panoply of plant and animal life. The story takes place in an environment both physically and sociologically
removed from our daily experience. With a strong and highly detailed sense of place, the story transports us into a world matchless in its richness and mystery. Within this context, humankind struggles against perils both inside and outside its tribal milieu.
The relationship between humankind and the organic world is still an ever-present theme in the story’s narrative. Like the first volume, the story is a voyage of discovery. It is horrific and cerebral at the same time, offering up both thrills and ideas for all to enjoy.
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Edge Effects is Book Two in David Coy’s superb Science Fiction Dominant Species trilogy. A millennium from now as Earth’s population explodes out of control humans are forced into indentured servitude through debt contracts that they have to purchase in order to provide for their livelihood and retirement. A group of hard-luck colonists find themselves on an earth-like planet called Verde that is teeming with animal and plant life. The colonists’ mission is to exploit the planet’s natural resources while trying to survive not only the harsh natural habit but their own fellow man. This story is original, thought-provoking science fiction at its best. If Occam’s Razor applies to the universe then I think Mr. Coy’s concept of the evolution and development of life among the stars is not only plausible but a certainty. Edge Effects masterfully combines the “what if” of alien life with human emotion, suffering and drama. Edge Effect will make you question what is more dangerous: hostile alien life or your fellow man and I guarantee the story will leave you itching from head-to-toe to discover “What is this place . . . ?”
This second volume to the series had great potential but ended very badly as if the author just wanted to be through with it. I guess there could be a third volume, but I doubt that I would buy it.
This has the makings of a good story unfortunately I began to feel the author never outlined the vision he/she had for the series. Many side plots, characters, & yucky insects later I can’t say read this. I felt cheated as the premise of colonizing a new planet with large forests filled with nasty bugs could have been very entertaining instead I began to wonder would the book ever end coherently?
I really enjoyed Book 1. Book 2 did not seem like it was following the same storyline to me. It is set 1000 years after B1 so the chracters are all new and halfway through, the author was still introducing characters in their own situations without connecting them to the others. I was well into the last half before I was able to tell who the main chracter was.The storyline did eventually connect up with Book 1 but it only gives you a taste. The ending is not one. So unless you have Book 3 ready to read, you will be disappointed.
Edge Effects is a spiritual sequel to the first book, Dominant Species. The characters are different and it takes place over a millennium in the future as humanity is reaching out into space. The pacing problem found in the first book has been fixed and now the action sequences flow much smoother, however it came at the sacrifice of the characterization. The characters in Edge Effects seem to have an abundance of nonchalance, as they never seem to care about things until it’s too late. This makes it particularly hard to get on their side when they walk into their own gruesome demise. And the book is not short on gruesome demises, the same graphic writing is still present with new and interesting ways to harm and kill the characters. Overall the swap of pacing for characters was well worth it as this book is a much more thrilling read and the writing itself is significantly more enthralling than the book’s predecessor.
After reading Dominant Species Volume 1: Natural Selection I was eager to read David Coy’s second Sci-Fi novel in the series “Edge Effects”. Just as with the first novel I could not put it down and I spent my entire weekend reading this book. The beginning is a little slower than in book 1 but it quickly picks up pace mixing a feeling of light and love with the dark twisted world you quickly come to fear.One of my favorite parts of this book was the scene in the swamp with a character named Donna. To cross the swamp Donna had to make a raft and cross a deep channel occupied by a rather large unknown alien creature. You can feel how tense and scared she was in the tiny makeshift raft, hoping that she camouflaged herself well enough so that the creature in its depths would not be able to see her.The descriptions of the characters really give you a sense of their personality as the story progresses. You really feel their terror as they are preyed upon by the inhabitants of this mysterious planet. If you really love to be scared senseless by descriptive scenes that leave your skin crawling then this book is going to be a real treat for you!
This is a good read, but be aware that it is viscerally gory. You’ll enjoy this book more if your idea of a great scary movie is the Halloween genre.*I am not a writer, I do not know this author, and I have received nothing of value for this review.
Really goes into the characters, and details on the planet Verde where the story takes place. The author stays true to discriptions/details and suspense. Good book, and starting the third book today.
I loved this book right up until the last 5 percent. Rather than giving the reader an ending, the author wimped out and chose to leave the ending to the readers’ imagination. It’s like he grew tired of writing his story, and just quit. His last line should have read “Dear reader, please think of how you would like this story to end, and pretend that is what I wrote. I just don’t have the time to finish it myself”.
Thought the book was a great follow up to dominate species. By David Coy also. Great book if you enjoy fantasy!