This is the last book at the time of this review (4-29-13) but the way it ends there could be a few more, these 3 books feel like a prequel for something really huge latter on and I hope the author writes them.
The debate is over and the Humans are going to war with the Broa, its just not a normal war since the Broa dont really know that the Humans exist for sure but it will become something they are aware of soon - the only Broan to meet a Human is the one who was found on the ship in book 1 and hes not talking to any other Broa.
The way this book ends is sorta strange I thought there would be more to the story, its not like it ends incorrectly but it does end in such a way that you want to know more, what happens next sorta of thing. I don't want to give anything away here but really Humans and Broan never meet in battle like I was expecting but the way it plays out is really good - but like I said I hope the author writes more books that go into the aftermath of the end of this book.
This is highly recommended if you like space opera style books, this one not really long enough and not galaxy spanning as most space operas are like Peter F Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds but its up there.
I said this in the first 2 reviews I would like to tell you to read this but be warned that book 3 ends with no real ending and there isn't at this time a book 4 so if you are one of those people that doesn't like that sorta thing just wait and see if book 4 comes out - that is at the time of this review (11-24-13)
I liked the first 2 books lots and that's why this one isn't a 2 star because it should be when rated with the other 2 - its not that its a bad book, it just seems incomplete and ends with no ending at all, like there is another book but as of this time there isn't (11-24-13) and I can't see a reason to end it like this at all.
Not much of a review because if you liked the first 2 books then you will like this one except for the non-ending that is
I would like to tell you to read this but be warned that book 3 ends with no real ending and there isn't at this time a book 4 so if you are one of those people that doesn't like that sorta thing just wait and see if book 4 comes out - at the time of this review (11-24-13)
If you read my review of book 1 you know I would like to tell you to read this but be warned that book 3 ends with no real ending and there isn't at this time a book 4 so if you are one of those people that doesn't like that sorta thing just wait and see if book 4 comes out.
I like this book like the first one and now that Morgan is home he is the only one with power because of his solar setup and he has plenty of food since he stored most of it for something like this so he and his family would be safe.
Some people don't like that and really want him to share so he has to explain it a little, you will probably not expect hat happens to happen or how it happens so I wont ruin anything for you but if you read book 1 you can probably figure it out.
This is a really good book almost better than the first book and I would love to tell you to read this and book 3 but like I said before if you are the type of person who doesn't like unfinished series this one is probably not for you - at least at the time of this review (11-24-13) it is unclear if there is going to be another book but I will have to assume so because I really don't understand the ending of book 3
First let me say that this is a series of 3 books but there must be a fourth one that's not yet written at the time of this review (11-24-13) I would like to tell you to read this but be warned that book 3 ends with no real ending and there isn't at this time a book 4 so if you are one of those people that doesn't like that sorta thing just wait and see if book 4 comes out
I must say that I was not expecting this to be so good but after listening to the sample I thought I would have to give it a try so I did and I was glad. This is a really plausible story and I would believe that something like this is in the works now.
Without ruining anything you know the power is out everywhere and most all electronics and cars don't work so people are screwed for the most part unless you planed for something like this and prepared by storing stuff.
The only thing that kept this from a 5 star rating was the way some things were handled, I understand its the authors story to tell but there were some things that seemed obvious to me to avoid and I am not a prepper like the character in the book.
Morgan is the buy and he has to get home to his wife and 3 girls which is 250 miles away and he has to walk, so you can assume that something crazy is going to happen on the way, even if the "event" or whatever it should be called didn't happen like in this book walking 250 miles home you are probably going to encounter some crazy stuff so now that there is no real communications and most all cars don't work no power people are acting really crazy.
From the title of book 2 you know he gets home so that's no real surprise but you will probably not expect what happens to happen, but like I said in the beginning of the review - read below again.
I would like to tell you to read this but be warned that book 3 ends with no real ending and there isn't at this tome a book 4 so if you are one of those people that doesn't like that sorta thing just wait and see if book 4 comes out
If you liked the first 5 books then I will assume you will like this one so this is not going to be much of a review other than to say how it ended.
The ship Streaker goes off of the planet Jijo and back in space and is still trying to reach Earth - its cool because meet with various orders of life: Hydrogen Breathers, the Retired, Machines, and the Transcendent.
The series ends pretty well but I was a little confused with the whole series, I was left wondering mostly about the alien races and how to distinguish between them - the narrator did a good job at making different voices but I still had trouble knowing weather they were Humans or Aliens, and if Aliens what race were they.
in the end I was still a little confused but I should have gotten the book "Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe" maybe that would have helped - I will go and read these books again in the future and will get that book then also.
At this point if you read the first book you should go out and get in print the book "Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe" so you can understand the different races because I had trouble with it and I assume that will help.
If you read the first book you might be expecting it to continue where that one left off but it doesn't, I was a little confused with the first book but I liked it this one is sorta the same, I was expecting something and I got something else but it was good.
There is a ship crewed by 150 uplifted dolphins, 7 Humans, and 1 uplifted Chimpanzee - they discover some 50,000 abandoned ships that probably belong to the "Progenitors" who uplifted the first race (but who uplifted them? I was always unclear about that one) and they find some old mummified body and take it along with data.
The book starts with them needing to go and get repairs and the aliens battling in orbit above the planet Kithrup because everyone wants the info they have for them selves.
Cool things happen on the planet below with the locals and some crashed ship but without giving anything away the ship Streaker gets off the planet and away with its info safe - the book jumps around lots at the end with different factions trying to either destroy, capture, or help Streaker.
I liked this book but it wasn't a perfect 5 star for me, that is because I had trouble following things at times, with all these 6 books I had the same problem but for the most part they are good and I will probably read them again in the future.
Now that the skies (or orbit) are filled with ships wanting what the dolphin ship Streaker have the planet is no longer a secret like it was for many centuries before, the inhabitants that are illegally settling there are going to have to answer to the Galactic's for there crime of settling on a planet that is sosposta be empty
but they have bigger problems than that now and Streaker is coming to the planet to hide not realizing that there is a war going on there and they come to the place where everyone who is looking for them has converged.
I liked this book because of the 2 different stories like the people (or aliens) on the planet illegally and the crew of the Streaker who were labeled fugitives by everyone because of what they have found, they come together nicely and it sets you up for the next book the final one.
This is another good story like the last one but I like it much better and it sorta introduces who will be in the next 2 books.
The beginning is a little strange and you will understand it in alter books, but it was strange at the time because you don't know who he is or where he came from but find out later that you should know who he is and I am still unclear is I should have known or if it was something to be figured out later.
There are some alien kids that are going to do things that kids do and they are on there planet of birth but all are different races, there ancestors were illegally settling on the planet Jijo which was declared fallow, i.e. to be left uncolonized so that the ecosystem will recover and native intelligences may have a chance to develop - The eight races are: g'Keks, Traeki (similar to Jophur), Glavers, Qheuen, Hoon, Tytlal (AKA noor beast), Urs, and Human. By the beginning of the novel, the Glavers have (partly) regressed to pre-sentient animals and the Tytlal have successfully disguised themselves as wildlife.
this has parts in it that are like excerpts from the journal of Alvin and his adventures with his friends, problem I have is I have trouble figuring out who is who and what race they are, its described and the voices are different enough I can tell its just I don't see them as aliens, or better yet I don't see them as different aliens I think of them all as the same race.
not sure if this is a good thing or not, probably not intended to be that way but for the most part it works for me, there are some things I don't like but for the most part I liked this book.
They go on an adventure and find something from the days of old and hope it can help them but without giving anything away it doesn't do much for them other than make them wanted by everyone.
This book and the story in it are a little more connected in the later 2 books than the other ones before it which are like prequels to these 3, if you had not read the first 3 you could just get the story by skimming the wiki on the book and these ones would follow nicely - I would however suggest you do read the first ones they aren't great but they are a good adventure to go on - the first book is a little strange and is more of a pre-prequel of sorts.
This one is nice, it has a good story with the same main story going on in the background or foreground whatever its good.
Crazy stuff is going on now that the ship of uplifted Dolphins "Streaker" has stumbled upon something they shouldn't have, a whole planet has come under siege from many races trying to get to the info that they have - they don't even know what it is, they want to turn it over to the "galactic library" but cant figure out who because they get the idea that whoever they give it to isn't going to put it into the public library, they are going to keep it for them self.
There are some cool things here with the planet Garth and the species on it, I wish it was a little longer.
I liked this story a little better than the others but it wasn't perfect, it goes without saying that you don't really need much of a review here if you liked the first 2 you probably will like this one and the others after it.
Well let me first say that this wasn't what I expected it to be like, it was good contained some surprises and overall was worthy of reading.
There are some things about this story that are a little unexplained or maybe poorly explained, you can understand whats happening but its not until the end that you really get what is going on and then there are more questions.
So there are these "things" in the sun that people have seen when going into the surface of the sun doing observations for science. The Aliens don't understand this because there is a "galactic library" that holds everything one needs to know so there is no reason to do research like that anymore but being the suborn Humans we are we are doing it anyways - well things are seen in there that look to be sentient life and its the research vessel that goes into the sun to research these things and report back because the "galactic library" doesn't have anything on what they could be so some suspect that they have been lied to and the copy of the library that we humans have is not complete or maybe deliberately missing stuff
If you know who Erich Von Daniken is and his book from 1986 called "Chariots of the Gods" and latter works you know about the "uplift theory" where by aliens have "uplifted" humans in the distant past that's why we cant find the so called "missing link" in the evolutionary tract and why we have jumped so far in such a short time, this is sorta the concept of the books back story.
In this book we Humans have uplifted dolphins and chimps to full sentient as in able to think like a human can or at least at the same intellectual level which results in chimps and dolphins talking to humans and helping them do tasks like any other human would except for dolphins can do underwater stuff better - its a cool concept and according to the galactic library almost every single race was "uplifted" by another race leading all the way back to the start with some group of races that isn't explained completely , but humans don't seem to have a "up-lifter" which is a little strange to many aliens
The Humans here think that maybe the beings in the sun could actually be the uplifters of humanity, and will the Aliens help them to understand it or maybe do something even worse?
There isn't much about this book I didn't like other than it was missing some better explanations and maybe a nice pre-story for a chapter or so to get you into the world thats created but it was good, I am going on to the next book so check my reviews for that one to see if it is as good as this one was
This is a little strange to me that the first book was written in 1986 the second in 1987 and then this one in 2002, that is a big gap in time but as it turns out it was for the better.
The first 2 books were sorta "dated" having some things in them that were, well, the best way to put it was "out of the 80's" and then this book in 2002 somewhat cleared up those things as well as add to some of the science as some thigns were missing in the first 2 books.
The "victory" that is in this book is something that you can probably figure out, but in case you cant I wont ruin it for you, we will say that what happens is not as expected but it exactly as expected - that is to say that the outcome was expected but the way it came about wasn't.
The thing about Michael McCollum is that his books that I have read when the "thing its all about" is over the book is over, there isn't anything really after the "thing" is over whatever that is, I wish there were some little after that but they do end properly.
I liked these 3 books and I hope a prequel is written because I think there can be like 3 more books before this one if not more than that.
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