I love most of Jack McDevitt's books, but this one spent way too much time on the development of a new spaceship engine, and not enough adventure.
I fell in love with the characters after great development (7.5 of the 13 hours are character development and the engine development. However, less than half the book had the adventure portion that makes us love Hutchins.
The author raced through three different plot lines (two of which were tying loose ends from previous books). Could have gone into great depth if he would have focused on one of the 3 plot lines in his marvelous universe.
I love character development and the author is great at making us care about the characters, but we want them to do more, after reading about them for 7.5 hours.
Felt like Mr. McDevitt was in a hurry on this book.
Still worth a read for true fans.
That is the best description I can think of. The plot was very interesting and mysterious. The characters were plain and silly. The author wanted the characters to be just average everyday people you might meet on the street, and he succeeded. The problem with the characters for me, was that those type of characters are boring for me.
I enjoy books with more complex and intelligent characters, and this book was filled with characters you might see in a Friday the 13th movie - stereotyped and just silly.
I did enjoy the plot, but without connecting to the characters, it was difficult to stay interested.
If you like scooby doo, you should like this. I have fond memories of scooby doo as a child, but alas, I must have gotten old, because simple minded characters just don't do it for me anymore.
Good plot and action. Shallow characters. Probably a great book for you, if that's your thing. Maybe I was hoping for something a little more serious...?
I wanted to like this book a whole lot. It has great science and a vision of future technologies. Great world the author has created with this book.
The characters are a bit shallow, with a few exceptions.
The GREAT sci-fi setting and the POOR character dialog seems to be written by 2 different authors: The wonderful science fiction world is intelligent and well thought out, while the dialog makes many of the characters, who are supposedly intelligent, sound like pot-heads from the 1970's.
Most characters curse like drunken sailors even when the scene doesn't warrant it, so when the action and intensity increases, the situation-appropriate cursing carries a dull thud. Also note, that some may be offended by constant uses of "Jesus", "God", and "Christ" mixed in with the barrage of senseless foul dialog.
Bottom line for the dialog is that the supposed intelligence of some of the characters is conflicted by the unintelligent words that the use ("hey dude" and "hey man" are my favorites).
Overall, I do think that the book was interesting for the wonderful science fiction that it contained, but the characters and dialog were disappointing. The book is a bit too long for shallow characters - by the end, I didn't care if they lived or died or if the disappeared completely.
Interesting sci-fi, but may not be worth the hours if you love good characters and dialog, unless you have nothing better to read.
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