I have read some other Larry Niven books that I really enjoyed. So I was expecting a lot from this book. I was very disappointed. It seems to be part of a serial. It chronologically happens sometime after the Puppeteers leave Earth. I have not read any of the Puppeteer books so that is probably why I did not really care for the book.
I really enjoyed this book. It gave a good overview of the beginning of the British Empire. I especially enjoyed the section on Sir Richard Burton & John Speke's search for the source of the Nike & Stanley's search for Dr Livingston. I also enjoyed the history of the Transvaal. The amazing story of Elphinstone's British army being massacured outside Kabul. Civilazations that don't know history are condemned to repeat it.
In my opinion there is nothing worse than old, out dated Sci-Fi. This book was written in the 50's or 60's. No science is involved in the story. I am sure it was very ground breaking when first published.
I love, love, love the D, D, Warren detective stories from Lisa Gardner. The stories are engaging & complex. The story is told from detective & suspect point of view. There is a story arc for DD's personal life so it does help to read the books in order. But it is not required. I read the second book first & I enjoyed it completely.
D.D. Warren was my favorite character. She is a real woman, crabby, hungry, good at her job.
My favorite character was the suspect.
the climax of the book was particularly moving.
I highly recommend this book.
There was no story without the sex scenes. Terrible book, ridiculous story. If I would have had the actual book I could have just skipped all the sex scenes.
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