When the strange fossil she'd discovered ended up giving her a trip to Mars, Helen Sutter thought she'd gone about as far as any paleontologist would ever go in her lifetime. But when you've also married A.J. Baker, overconfident super-sensor expert for the only private agency in space (the Ares Corporation), and your best friend Madeline Fathom Buckley is a former secret agent who's just signed on as the chief of security for the newly created and already embattled Interplanetary Research Institute of the United Nations, there's always somewhere farther to go.
The newest discoveries will take her, A.J., and their friends Jackie, Joe, and Madeline to the mysterious asteroid Ceres and beyond, in a desperate race to Jupiter's perilous miniature system of radiation-bombarded moons. The next gold rush is on - for alien technology, hidden in lost bases around the system. And there are people willing to do anything to get it - even plan the first interplanetary war, 400 million miles from home!
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"Almost five stars"
I basically listened to the first and second books in this series in a single huge gulp. And the third book is downloading to my computer as I write this review. So do I recommend this series? Yes. Heck, yes.
Now for the whining: The characterizations are great. I suspect this is Eric Flint's contribution. Most of his books do a good job with characters. And I love the fact that there is actually science in this book. A lot of science fiction is close to completely science-free. But there is something missing. A sense of wonder over the amazing discoveries they are making. It's like a child in a toy store. "Oh, look at this toy. Oh, there's something else. Here's something else..." They don't linger to savor discoveries. It's like the story is approaching a climax and then backs off just short of it time after time.
So I feel a bit unfulfilled after listening to the first two books, but only a little. I really enjoyed the ride. And I'm really looking forward to the third one.
"Really Disappointing Narration"
Really liked the story, but the narrator nearly killed it for me. He consistently pauses in the most unnatural places. difficult listen due to narration.
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