Xenogeneic: First Contact by Lance Erlick #mf #review @lanceerlick

Xenogeneic is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.

Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.

The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth’s neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home—Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.

Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.

While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. It is winner take all. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.

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Dr. Elena Pyetrov is a brilliant aerospace engineer with one goal in mind, travelling to space to finish the dream her father had failed fulfilling 18 years ago. She is going to make if further than he did and finally prove that there is life beyond Earth. After working against government red tape and a few naysayers, she successfully convinces them that her mission is worthy of support but when the day finally comes an unexpected event happens. The mission goes terribly wrong and Elena’s ship is pulled off course crashing onto another planet. Elena and her crew quickly find out that their crash was orchestrated by an alien species that has kidnapped them and a number of other humans for a specific purpose. Elena will have to do everything in her power to lead the humans and protect them while trying to figure out what exactly their captors have in store for them, humanity and with Earth.
The storyline is packed full of tons of twists and turns that keep the reader engaged in the characters and the plot. There is a great deal going on from the inner fighting between the factions of the Knoonk (the aliens) to the inner fighting between the human clans and the interpersonal relationships between Marc, Elena and her sister. There is never a dull moment even when the moments in the storyline are meant to be dull. I do wish there had been more detailed background focus on the Knoonk concerning what exactly happened within their civil war to cause the factions and why they made the choices they made concerning their religion, gender and so on.


Xenogenic is a great sci-fi story with a host of strong female characters leading the charge on both sides of the conflict. The descriptive writing paints a detailed picture that doesn’t overwhelm the sci-fi plot but adds to the visuals and flow of the story. Overall it’s a great book with the potential to carry on as series that delves deeper into the continuation of Elena and her sister’s life on Earth.

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