Author Dayton's Book
Roc, Jun 2001, 6.99, 369 pp.
The Kinley sends their first faster than the speed of light craft with a live crew to conduct a survey of planet Earth. The ship Champion lands on the planet at what would be local time as 2601 BC. However, while the Champion successfully completes its trip, the feral Lucien attacks and devastates the Kinley, isolating the Champion from its home.
Five millenniums later, the Kinley continue...