Academy

7 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 133 ratings

The Engines of God Summary

Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

Earth's ravaged environment is quickly making it unlivable, and colonizers want to begin terraforming these abandoned worlds for human habitation. Only interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins are convinced that uncovering the secrets of the monuments may hold the key to survival for the entire human race.

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  • Book 1

    • The Engines of God

    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • McDevitt does it again!

    • By Amazon Customer on 27-09-16

    Regular price: £19.49

  • Book 2

    • Deepsix

    • Academy series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 10

    In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out.

    Regular price: £19.49

  • Book 3

    • Chindi

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    The universe has been explored - and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form?

    Regular price: £20.09

  • Book 4

    • Omega

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Jack McDevitt
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a previously unexplored planetary system--and its alien society. And suddenly, a handful of brave humans must try to save an entire world--without revealing their existence.

    Regular price: £19.49

  • Book 5

    • Odyssey

    • Academy series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Jack McDevitt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Book

    • By Stephen on 14-11-09

    Regular price: £19.49

  • Book 6

    • Cauldron

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

    Regular price: £20.09

  • Book 7

    • Starhawk

    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Interstellar pilot Priscilla 'Hutch' Hutchins has seen a lot of action. But now, multi award-winning science-fiction master Jack McDevitt gives us the thrilling, edge-of-your-seat tale of how it all began... Hutch has finally realised her dream: she's completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot's licence.Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Low-Key Prequel

    • By Custer on 20-11-17

    Regular price: £14.99