Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Shelf Control: A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a Shelf Control post!

Shelf Control is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, giving book junkies like me a chance to highlight some of the lingering titles in our TBR stacks!

Title: A Darkling Sea
Author: James L. Cambias
Published: 2014
Length: 352 pages

What it's about (from Goodreads):

On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.

How I got it:

I swapped someone for it, I think.

When I got it:

Earlier this year.

Why I want to read it:

Let's break this down: (1) deep sea divers (2) in space find an (3) alien race and (4) someone gets murdered (5) setting off possible war. I don't know about you but this one sounds pretty cool. It's a first contact novel, which I'm totally interested in, and I've heard the author's aliens are particularly well written.

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