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 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.
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.
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.
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