Review: The Others by Kristin Bryant

The Others
Kristin Bryant
Sourced Media Books
Published September 1, 2013

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Ryen and his friends receive the greatest honor when they are sent from their home planet to earth as a team of researchers to find evidence of Jesus’ existence. Could he be The Light, whose coming was prophesied so long ago? As Ryen and his team scour the earth for clues, a young woman catches his eye. Try as he might, Ryan can’t stop thinking about her. As his mission comes to a close, he knows that if he becomes involved with her, he’ll only have to leave her behind. He should protect her by ignoring her, but can he ignore the powerful longing he feels for her?

When Ryen’s teammate invites the girl to join them on the last leg of their earthly journey, he promises himself the only reason he allows her to accompany them is to protect her and send her home. But the more time he spends with Savannah, the more thinly his resolve is stretched, and the girl claims she has no home to which she can return, only terrible memories. Difficulties at his own home force Ryen to focus. His tribe leader threatens to invade earth and rumors of kidnapping, murder and a deadly new weapon send Ryen and his team spinning. It’s more important than ever to find the evidence they’ve been sent to collect. Ryen will have to work fast if he is to protect Savannah and his family and stop the terrible plot that could destroy them all.

In a fresh, fun story, Bryant explores history and archaeology from a whole different perspective. The story unfolds, bringing with it a vibrant cast of characters and a plot that is as fascinating as its premise. Ryen can be a little bit brooding and repetitive (he revisits the idea that he should not become involved with Savannah but wants to several times without deepening or adding to his observations,) but Savannah’s quick wit and endearing nature make it tough for readers not to engage in the story. History or archaeology fans will probably find this story more interesting than sci-fi fans, as much of it takes place on earth, and the aliens themselves are genetically identical to humans. The political intrigue and high action sequences make this a fun read for all.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
None.

Sexual Content
Romance between Ryan and Savannah intensifies, but no details are given as to whether they engage in sex, though they do spend the night together.

Spiritual Content
Ryen’s people received prophesies that The Light, a savior to all creation would come – to another planet. Since the prophecy was received, the people have devoted themselves to developing the technology to explore space looking for the planet where the Savior was born. They journey to earth looking for evidence to prove that Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecy.

Violence
On Ryen’s home planet, a small group of tribe members stage a revolution using a terrible weapon. The group bribes and threatens leadership members. On earth, Ryen attacks a man who pursues a young woman. There are a few graphic details.

Drug Content
Ryen ends a relationship with a girl because he discovers her addiction to drugs. She has since passed on her addiction to other members of her tribe. This only leads to destruction.

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

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Kasey is a mother, reader and aspiring author. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her out on the water fly fishing, pretending she can keep houseplants alive, or talking with the family rescue cat.

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