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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Alien Safari by Robert Appleton is a book that just called to me when I first laid eyes on it. The whole concept behind Alien Safari is the existence of a planet filled with abundant native wildlife, none of which was remotely familiar to anything on Earth. In years past, the planet was a vacation destination, where tourists would pay top dollar for the opportunity to ride in a flying taxi, while their tour guide flew them all around, pointing out the many different kinds of unusual wildlife. However, with only a handful of caretakers to tend the whole planet, poaching became a big enough problem that the Alien Safari was shut down permanently, and the planet encircled by “smart” satellites programmed to shoot down any approaching craft which did not provide a proper access code. With the demise of a few poachers and their spacecraft, the poaching ceased to be a problem. Still, there were fewer than a dozen resident scientists left on site to continue their research.
Alien Safari is really quite a fun story, with an ever-present element of danger. Our story begins when a crippled passenger ship requests permission to land, while also requesting that the ship following them – the one which had fired the broadside that crippled their ship – NOT be allowed to land, but rather to have the satellites shoot it down. Only two things went wrong with that plan. You will have to read the story to find out what those two things were… but you WILL enjoy it. This is a tale about much more than alien wildlife species, although Robert Appleton created some very intriguing wildlife to populate his planet. Speaking of intrigue, there was a lot of that, too. High-ranking law enforcement officials and diplomats join forces with criminal elements, turning traitor or worse, in an attempt to find, steal, and control an alien device with critically valuable capabilities. Robert Appleton has tapped into his extraordinary imagination, and penned a very entertaining story in Alien Safari. I would urge anybody who enjoys a fun story, Sci-Fi, intergalactic wildlife, or a good old shoot ‘em up style space opera, to get a copy of Alien Safari today. You will be glad you did.