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Colony Earth is Book 1 of the Alterran Legacy Series In ancient human history, an explosion of knowledge of agriculture, building, and steel weapons occurred suddenly, without explanation, and the human population prospered and grew into civilization. According to clay tablets found at ancient cities of Sumeria, the cities were founded by "those who came from the skies," wColony Earth is Book 1 of the Alterran Legacy Series In ancient human history, an explosion of knowledge of agriculture, building, and steel weapons occurred suddenly, without explanation, and the human population prospered and grew into civilization. According to clay tablets found at ancient cities of Sumeria, the cities were founded by "those who came from the skies," who dwelt there and gave knowledge to the citizens. The tablets reveal that "those who came from the skies" had lived on Earth far longer than the age of Sumeria. The principal leaders of "those who came from the skies" were half-brothers Enlil and Enki, who reported to their father, Anu, who ruled on their home world. The beginning books of this series serve as a prequel to the decision of this race to take an active interest in managing the development of humankind, and imagines why an advanced, technological society could have been governed by a small ruling family, while weaving in ancient mythology and recent geological discoveries....

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Colony Earth: The Alterran Legacy Series Reviews

  • Sandra Love
    2019-04-06 15:39

    Colony Earth: The Alterran Legacy SeriesBy: Regina M. JosephStar Rating 4.75Received a copy exchange for a honest review. Did a review for All Things Book-Review I got this book and didn't know what to expect, and WOW it was amazing. Regina has a great mind in writing this science fiction novel. What would you do if the planet was being threaten to be hit by a giant asteroid? Well in this book it was, the characters were so good very interesting. The plot of the story was very unpredictable which I LOVE. To me it seem like a believable story. You never know when something will happen here on earth , and our human race would be endangered. I can't wait for the sequel to this outstanding book!! I highly recommend this book Story Line I gave 5 starsCharacter Growth I gave 4.50 StarsOriginality I gave 5 StarsOverall 4.75 Stars

  • Sonya Dodd
    2019-03-24 20:49

    I do not usually read science fiction but was intrigued by this book. I am very pleased I took the trouble to make the purchase.The idea of people from another planet coming to Earth in prehistoric times and bringing their technological expertise to primitive people was a clever idea and very well carried out.The characters are very believable and it is easy to empathise with their plights. The characters from space are able to foresee threats, such as a comet, and the humans believe in simple, earthly magic. Together they are able to help each other in ways I wouldn't have imagined.The narrative is beautifully written. This is an engaging read and promises an exciting sequel.

  • Ian Blackport
    2019-04-09 23:56

    “Colony Earth” is an interesting fusion of science fiction and fantasy, involving early tribes on Earth and a far more developed species from the planet Alterra. I like the decision to make Earth a primitive, backwater place unknowingly hosting an advanced race, rather than the typical science fiction where we’re the ones exploring the galaxy. Alterran characters have intriguing names that evoke ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the Greco-Roman, Medieval and modern names that dominate in fantasy and science fiction today. The main character is named Lil and comes from the House of En, so his full name is written as En.Lil. In Sumerian mythology Enlil is the god of breath and wind, a reference that I enjoyed seeing.Given that one society is highly advanced, there’s an abundance of futuristic technology, but it all feels believable. Nothing is absurd or used unrealistically to further the story. I can believe most technology shown will even be created in our world within the coming century, particularly clothing that modifies its features using nanotechnology. For the most part information is also revealed in steady, slow increments, keeping the reader hooked. There are story elements and character histories that aren’t learned until well into the novel.I’m also a sucker for references to Atlantis. Though I don’t believe it ever truly existed, I love the mythology surrounding this lost island and wildly differing interpretations from stories over the years. “Colony Earth” has a unique spin, in which survivors from Atlantis are forced to integrate with comparatively primitive tribes. These individuals are among the most compelling characters, struggling to teach and uplift simple tribes while continuing to mourn the home they once knew.Unfortunately there are a number of glaring flaws that detract from how enjoyable this novel is to read. To begin with, the story would benefit from further editing. Paragraphs are frequently far too long, with some even lasting more than an entire page. Occasionally more than one character will have dialogue within a single paragraph, which should never occur. Most pressing however is the omniscient viewpoint. Thoughts jump between every character in a scene in a chaotic manner. Inner monologues will switch from one person to another even when those characters aren’t in a scene together. The omniscient view is less focused and developed than getting into one character’s head. Much can be revealed about a character’s thoughts by describing their mannerisms and tone of voice without an inexplicable viewpoint change.Too often information isn’t revealed in an interesting way. A character will make reference to something, and that line will be followed by a paragraph or more of narrative explaining the history or culture. One chapter is just a character’s life story without any dialogue. Surely there’s a more interesting way to reveal backstory without dull info dumps, especially since a few chapters later that same character is asked about her past. Why not eliminate the bland narrative and replace it with compelling dialogue?A number of dilemmas also occur that don’t make sense, but take place only to further the plot. At one point a comet threatens the Earth but the advanced Alterrans don’t have a spaceship to intercept it beyond orbit. It’s unrealistic that an advanced society capable of interstellar travel that has colonized another world doesn’t have a single ship able to leave the atmosphere. This is why the approaching comet can’t be diverted before it reaches the planet. I understand transit is achieved using portals, but to not have a single spacefaring ship available strains belief. Their entire society is structured around rejuvenation chambers that prevent permanent death. It’s an essential part of their culture, and I did enjoy their dependency on this technology and fear of permanent death. Yet when these machines are damaged they have no way to repair them. No spare parts, no tools able to effect repairs. It’s improbable that they’d have no methods for repairing a device that’s crucial to their lives. Imagine if in our world we were unable to fix a computer system or cell signal because a wire or tower was damaged.There are also a few minor inconsistencies that likewise remove readers from the story. At one point it’s mentioned that Alterra and Earth are in different galaxies, but a short time later the distance is described as interstellar rather than the proper intergalactic. This may seem like nitpicking, but strong writing requires a lot of research and care and is one more example of the need for additional editing. Every mistake pulls the reader from the book.Overall this story does raise interesting questions about what choices individuals would make in dire circumstances, such as whether or not to abandon their entire culture for the sake of survival. Loyalty and faith are common themes and I enjoyed the exploration of these issues. I’m confident that Regina Joseph will improve as she continues to write, especially given the strength of her concept.

  • S. Nash
    2019-04-18 19:00

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The idea that our civilization began through extraterrestrial influence is not new. Deities have made their homes in the sky, the stars, and the heavens since the Mesopotamians pressed the first words into clay tablets. Colony Earth takes on these early myths with a tale of planetary explorers who arrive on Earth to study the planet, mine it for resources, and scout it as a possible refuge from their home world of Alterra. After hundreds of years of research and mining, the colony loses contact with home. It’s clear they are now on their own. Supplies and food are dwindling but the ruling council clings to their directive of no contact with the native humans. Lil, A Captain of the guard and a member of the royal family of En takes his men on an illegal hunting expedition as an experiment in survival skills. En.Lil and his men meet the locals by accident. Lil follows the spirit of the law, knowing that he will answer for his actions. Their bungled first contact starts a chain of events that pit En.Lil and his allies against the rigid code and class of his homeworld.Colony Earth is a genre-crossing novel with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian fiction. Cultures, tribal conflict, technology, magic, and nature itself challenge three distinct peoples to come together to survive. It’s a novel built on mythological foundations from the cradle of civilization, a story with the power to become something truly memorable. Unfortunately, the novel suffers from problems that prevent it from reaching its full potential. Over-long paragraphs, run-on sentences, and a bad case of too much detail in most places and not enough in others got in the way. It’s a shame. Some of the chapters were effortless to read, story-driven and engaging. Most were not.It’s difficult to read a wall of text that stretches over several pages (eBook version) without a paragraph break. Many paragraphs contained conversations between several people, including their private thoughts and feelings. Every time a new speaker speaks, there must be a new paragraph. Without it, it’s difficult to understand who is speaking, whose point of view to follow, and whether the thoughts of a character are relevant to the conversation at hand.There is far too much expository dialogue in this book. Characters discussing events of the past in excruciating detail, when it’s clear they are both experts on the topic, isn't dialogue. It’s telling me an elaborate back story instead of showing it in another way. It’s as exciting as a fifth-period history lecture in high school. There are many ways to show the evils of a dystopian society without lectures masquerading as a friendly chat. It’s unnecessary and diverts attention away from the story.The use of language was problematic for me. I accept that many conversations were possible through the aid of universal translation technology. Yet all characters have the same vocabulary, the same sentence structure, speech patterns and in many cases, the same “voice.” Modern terms like “sweetie” are jarring when spoken by a bronze-age human. This was surprising, given the great care the author took in culture-building. There is a good story in here. With revisions and corrections, it will come shining through.

  • Geoff Nelder
    2019-03-27 16:46

    I am the wrong person to review this book. Why? Because for ethical reasons I’ve been vegan for 40 years and one of the premises of Colony Earth is that a society – the Alterrans – that had successfully seen the immorality of eating sentient fellow creatures can overturn such ideals when faced with a crisis without exploring ethical alternatives first. It’s as if the author is a closet butcher beating a convert-vegetarians-drum. As a teacher of ecosystems I only wish the author had researched those societies on Earth living in high mountainous regions being vegetarian or nearly so for millennia with as much detail as she’d studied ancient history. Nevertheless, I’ll put that behind me and I can find other aspects of the novel to recommend it to lovers of socio-anthropological science fiction.Lil is the commander of an Alterran mission desperate to discover how his people can survive on Earth circa 1000 AD after their own planet became uninhabitable. By chance Alterrans have the same DNA as humans, however, their instructions are to avoid contact a la Star Trek’s Prime Directive only called the Non Interference Directive, which is broken immediately when Lil experimentally takes his guards on a hunt to kill mastodons. This is a source of immense guilt for Lil. They use mind control over ravens and wolves using advanced technology and so again negating their ethics on treating all sentient creatures with equanimity as they did on Alterra. Two humans come into contact with them. One, Alana, a survivor of Atlantis is beautiful. Her people have survival problems with Danish (Viking) marauders and Droods, an interesting (human?) species that can cloak themselves. There’s a lot here. Maybe too much with respect to anthropological conflicts and technology inventions. I’m reminded of those Charles Stross novels (eg Accelerando) where something new is on each page – and that’s a compliment! All stories need conflict and there is plenty here, with teasing and resolution for some. While the story rattles along there is too much head-hopping as the point-of-view changes sometimes within a paragraph: tricky then to engage with a main character for long. Even so, the relationships and environmental issues are explored in an interesting if not always in an ecologically efficient way. The pace slows when Lil fights with his conscious and when he tells the reader what he discovers in the library, and from his mind ‘teacher’ in long passages that should have been edited to be much tighter. Even so, and notwithstanding the terrible spelling error of Chapter in the Kindle TOC, I can recommend this novel for its treasure trove of ideas and anthropological explorations.

  • Ginger Gelsheimer
    2019-04-22 15:52

    Brief synopsis: Lil is a captain and future destined leader of Alterran, who is stationed on Hawan, what was supposed to be a temporary Earth shelter. Lil came to Earth with a group of explorers and has been stranded, since their portal was incapacitated. Now, their food supply is approaching dangerously low levels and a massive comet is heading toward them. While out on a trial hunting trip, Lil and his crew stumble upon Alana and Maya, two women of the Earth. Lil opens an entire universe of problems, when he agrees to help them, going against the non-disturbance law.Originality: What I love about this book is that the Earth Lil is living on is 10 to 11,000 years ago, based on the mastodons and cave people hunting them. Some of these cave people are special, born from Atlantis, like Alana. I love the opposites interaction of the cave people, who dress in furs and hides with the conflict of the Alterrans, who can change their garment to be whatever they want it to be and even make it a protective shield.Characters: I very much enjoyed the characters Alana and Maya and their friendship that carried me through the story. Through heart-wrenching tough times, they never give up. I found that I actually enjoyed the scenes where I was involved with Alana's side of things the most in the story and I felt most for her when things went wrong. A thought the relationship between Lil and Alana was well developed and clever and especially enjoyed the nervous courting. I did like Lil and his uncertainty, as he balanced what he thought was right and what was right-according to his people. It was cool to follow him through Hawan so I could see the structure of the compound, the imaginary waterfall and cool holograms. That said, I think the nature environment surrounding Alana drew me in more to her side of the story than the rigid compound of Hawan. I have to confess I am not a hard science fiction reader, so I do get a little lost when descriptions get lengthy to explain and somehow convince the the reader of the possibility that things can actually happen. The one problem I did have with the book were too many secondary characters. With science fiction-fantasy like this, the names are already unusual and difficult to keep track of at first when you are getting to know them. There were so many introduced in the first chapter, I got lost for a bit, but definitely found my way into an amazing story. The author's descriptive and colorful visuals drew me into each and every scene.Recommendation: Colony Earth goes well with a power bar-if you read, you'll understand why, oh and mead! This book is well polished and I highly recommend it for sci-fantasy and medium to hard science fiction readers.

  • Sahara Foley
    2019-04-12 18:49

    Lil and his guardsmen were sent to primitive Earth to oversee the mining and scientific exploration of the planet for their home world, Alterra. While there, they observe the different tribes and societies living on Earth. The Alterran’s consider the earthlings savages and only a step above animals. Losing contact with Alterra, Lil is forced to realize that they are stranded on Earth. Going against his strict upbringing to one day be ruler, his father Anu, the current leader, and the Supreme Council, he makes plans to adapt to a life on Earth.The story reminds me of Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, but thanks goodness, not all that overly descriptive claptrap. The plot advances along very well, and you can feel Lil’s dilemma over his duty as the next Supreme Leader and trying to save his race. And then Alana’s uncertainty about aligning her people with Lil’s. The author does a very good job of bringing to life Alterra’s culture and how Lil’s clan of En came into power. Makes me see how we’re falling into that same type of trap in real life.She is also knowledgeable in the effects of solar weather on the planetary core and mantle, causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. I like her reference to Atlantis and how any surviving residents would have been taken in by the more primitive tribes. My only point of contention was that the earthlings seemed to adapt and not question the technology that Lil’s people used. Like Maya picking up the binoculars to look through. How would she know how to look out of them let along how to adjust them? Also, their vocabulary is too far advanced for people living in huts made with animal skins and bones and using bones and stone for knives.There were a lot of characters introduced throughout the story with some very strange names. I did get confused over the names Yamin, one of the guardsmen, and Yanni, one of Alana’s tribe. The rest of names fell into place with the people they represented.I enjoyed the writing style and the author left enough questions at the end to want to read the next book. I did find several proofreading errors, like missing words or misspelled words. Also, some of the paragraphs could have been formatted better. Some conversations were not separated by paragraphs.I really liked the book and would highly recommend. I give this book 4 stars

  • Tom Tinney
    2019-04-12 18:38

    Science fiction and fantasy are usually considered water and oil as far as genre's go. Purists cringe easily when the two are combined. Technology should trump magic or vice versa. Well, in this case, the purists should just hush their mouths.Colony Earth presents multiple intersecting plots, characters and worlds in a creative and interesting way. The author is able to twist together historical perspectives, technological marvels, political intrigue and a little “Clan of the cave bear meets Chariots of the Gods” in a varied palette of colors she uses to paint her canvas.While she takes some license with the time scale and technology of the ages involved, the reader never feels lost or presented with an unbelievable reality. If you can accept the primary premise, you are “all-in” for the rest of the novel. I enjoyed the characters, their interactions, as well as the solutions they worked out to resolve their various conflicts and solve their mutual problems. The book is well-paced and the dialogue is witty and real.It’s a great first effort.The author has created a universe that allows her to take this story deep into a series and I look forward to the next book.

  • William Miller
    2019-03-25 18:42

    Colony Earth, by Regina Joseph, is extremely well-written. This author has the vocabulary and the skill to wield it wisely. The novel is evenly-paced, and maintained my attention throughout. Joseph has crafted a finely-layered narrative in which the setting is ancient Earth, but into which she beautifully blends the Alterrans, an advanced civilization that has existed for centuries on this ancient Earth undetected. Joseph writes skillfully and deftly about the interplay between men and women, and about the camaraderie among militant men. In pointing up the various shortsighted principles of the advanced Alterran civilization, she makes adroit observations about our modern world and its laws and social mores. What makes this a 5-star novel is the way in which it allegorically exposes facets of the ancient Earth culture that are in fact wiser than the more technically advanced Alterran culture. Wonderful science-fiction, wonderfully told! I WILL be purchasing the second novel in this series, which is currently available on Bryan Millerauthor of the multiple 5-star awarded Kyrathaba Rising

  • J.Michael Gorday
    2019-03-24 18:57

    Colony Earth: The Alterran Legacy Series by Regina M Joseph is an interesting amalgamation of cultures, time frames, ancient religious figures and extraterrestrial beings that has a lot of potential. The story line is intriguing and many of the details are well thought out and consistent with the genre. The writing itself needed some polishing as there were often point of view shifts that were difficult to follow and some of the characterizations didn’t seem to match up well. For instance, the main character Alana, presumably from the advanced culture of Atlantis, seemed overly juvenile in personal situations while completely unfazed by the arrival of alien ships in her world of perception. If this was purposeful, it didn’t seem consistent. On the other hand, the character of ‘Lil was more balanced and interesting. Overall, however, the story was good and I look forward to reading the sequel.

  • Devinder Dhiman
    2019-04-04 19:05

    The story is set in a prehistoric background, when people were dependent on hunting and agriculture for their food, and lived a life comparable to stone age. From some other planet, a flotilla of space ships with hundreds of aliens, akin to earth people in appearance, but having highly advanced technology, lands on earth and remains invisible to earth people for many months carrying out their research work. Due to a problem on their own planet, they are unable to return, then they have to learn hunting for their survival. Hunting is done with highly advanced technology and during the process Lil, son of the leader of Aliens gets acquainted with Alana, daughter of head of a clan on earth. Their love story is fantastic and the way it has been told in the background of a science fiction, forces you to keep reading the book till the end.

  • Demelza Carlton
    2019-04-22 23:04

    I do believe we have stonepunk...Reminiscent of Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series, but without the excessive, often repetitive descriptions or the gratuitous sex. The story, of course, differs greatly - for Ms Joseph's alternative history includes spaceships, aircraft and portals. The decline of a stagnant civilisation and the rise of a new one. The lengths to which some people will go to survive or achieve power. Oh, and the awkwardness of men who've never had to court a woman! They can blow up a comet but they're as tongue-tied as a teenage boy at his first school dance when faced with an attractive girl. I really enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • K.T.
    2019-04-07 16:40

    This was an amazing read. It brought back all the happy memories of watching Star Trek with my father as a little girl, although the storyline for Colony Earth was purely original. I've already recommended it to others. I love the characters of Lil and Alana and felt quite anxious for them at the end of this book. I will definitely buy the next in the series. I feel invested and attached to other characters also. What I loved about it, was that like Star Trek, there was never any attempt made at realism - the story is not likely to ever be perceived as such, and this gave the author poetic licence to rearrange all of the preconceived ideas about earth, space travel and the kind of beings who might be out there. Definitely a good read.

  • Gemma Farrow
    2019-04-15 17:02

    Here we have a fusion of science fiction and fantasy blended expertly and the outcome is an amazing story. The reader is greeted with two worlds, that of early man and the superior race the Alterrans. The main plot is threaded with sub-plots which help in layering up the realism. The technology wasn't too high-brow, and I loved learning about the Alterrans, their laws and how they viewed the inferior beings which they monitored. The difference between the races was like blood and water, this added friction and also entered the question of morality. The writing was fresh and engaging, and the characters well-drawn.

  • Joseph Chiron
    2019-03-29 16:54

    A GREAT STORY!A stranded Alien Colony; a giant asteroid passing through earth’s atmosphere threatening the extinction of everyone on the planet… these are some of the elements author Regina Joseph is working with in this epic science fiction/ fantasy mix.The Alterran’s are very advanced. The hominids are quite prehistoric and steeped in myth and magic. These two groups meet and interact creating a successful melding of fantasy and science fiction. The world is compelling. The characters are well developed and we care deeply about what happens to them. Highly recommended. Looking forward to reading the next installment.

  • Simon
    2019-03-24 21:50

    In short, an awesome book. Certainly very well researched and cleverly thought through to bring a level of realism to the storyline which is often missing with SF. As a reader I want to find myself believing in the characters and settings and that is exactly what Regina M Joseph delivers. Looking forward to the next in the series.

    2019-04-24 15:39

    What can I say about Colony Earth except one of the best SF books I have read for some time. Grounded in sound historical fact the author creates an intriguing and compelling story that pulls the reader in and really gets you thinking about history and what we really know. The plot is quite complex but the pace is great with plenty of action.I have no hesitation in awarding this book 5 stars!

  • Danni
    2019-04-05 20:53

    One of the most engaging SF novels I have read in a long time. Well thought through, well written and quite thought provoking, I will be looking the next in the series by Regina M. Joseph.

  • Regina M. Joseph
    2019-04-12 21:00