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Summary

Onboard an ancient starship, Killeen and the Bishop tribe escape the mech-ruled world of Snowglade. Seeking refuge on a faraway planet, they discover vast wonders: an organic life-form as large as a world, a planet-coring cosmic string, a community of humans ruled by a brutal tyrant, and ultimately an alien race more awesome than any they have encountered. As they battle for survival against these myriad dangers, Killeen and his crew will gain an unforeseen ally - one that may determine humanity’s true destiny.

©1989 Abbenford Associates (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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I'm very glad I persevered

Further adventures of humanity near the centre of the galaxy. At first I found this hard going as Benford attempts to portray an alien mindset with all the limitations English contains. In the preceding novel I'd just about gotten used to the dialect employed by the remnants of the human race although "Naysay" was starting to irritate, as did the shallow posturing of the characters. Then he throws a new race of cyborgs at us, with even stranger ways of speaking. This in itself is a valiant attempt to portray otherworldliness without actually being a complete success. Getting used to it is the most I expected, but after a while I found myself getting into the rhythms of speech and thought processes of the protagonists. That was when I started living in the story, which is where I want to be. By the end I wanted the next episode.

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  • 26-10-20

Very Original

my only issue is the author sometimes has confusing descriptions or little to no healthy transitions for new events when he jumps into a new scene there is a slight loss of context. But the story and character development is great and worth a listen if you like good sci-fi.

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  • 16-04-16

Excellent next book in the saga - Loved it! :-)

I really liked this book. The performance by the narrators was excellent and really emphasized the mood of the universe presented. Recommended!