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Anvil of Stars: A Sequel to The Forge of God | [Greg Bear]

Anvil of Stars: A Sequel to The Forge of God

The Forge of God described the destruction of Earth itself by self-replicating robots, Von Neumann machines designed to use the planet's mass to create more robotic creatures and spread throughout the Galaxy. Only a few humans have survived, aided by a mysterious alien race known only as “The Benefactors”, who arrived at Earth too late.
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The Forge of God described the destruction of Earth itself by self-replicating robots, Von Neumann machines designed to use the planet's mass to create more robotic creatures and spread throughout the Galaxy. Only a few humans have survived, aided by a mysterious alien race known only as “The Benefactors”, who arrived at Earth too late.

Now the small group of human survivors is determined to track down the criminal race who launched the planet killers. Humanity is given a starship by The Benefactors, and driven only by revenge they set out to find the unknown beings who are responsible for the destruction of Earth, and many other worlds.

©1992 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rune Aabyhoej, Denmark 08-20-12
    Rune Aabyhoej, Denmark 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"
    Where does Anvil of Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has some interesting ideas about technology and how advanced alien races would defend themselves. It ranks amongst the top ten SciFi books I've read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action parts where stuff is happening and techno babble is on rapid-fire.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Gardner Shawnee, OK USA 04-26-12
    John Gardner Shawnee, OK USA 04-26-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Starts off ssssllllloooowwww."

    The Forge of God was a page-turner. It's hard to believe Anvil of Stars is by the same author. The first six hours of the book is agonizing. It is virtually all angst and neurosis of the main character, Martin. What do his lovers mean to him? How is his affair with the boy different from his affair with the girl? What does it mean to be a leader of young adults on a mission to avenge mankind? In terms of plot, very, very little happens in the first six hours. I could literally say it in a sentence, so I will: In the fifth year of their mission, the children think they have discovered the killers of mankind, and launch the attack. You might think I'm leaving out a ton of plot turns and twists, but I'm not. You could say I've left out a training exercise (boring) and apparitions seen by a few of the crew (even more boring). And of course the ship divides as planned, but that's it. I'm not going to bother with the last two installments. In fact, I've already read the Wiki summary. The narrator is good, and even though I found his "voice" for at least one of the characters irritating (an uptalker? you know, when everything they say rises in inflection like a question?), I would have to say his narration kept the otherwise moribund story on life-support. Sadly, when nothing of consequence had occurred by the end of the first six hours, my interest expired, and the plug had to be pulled.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. M. P. Bell Amsterdam 06-23-14
    Mr. M. P. Bell Amsterdam 06-23-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Inventive, intelligent, original, compelling. Wow!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The dilemma, and how creative and detailed the epic journey is described.


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    Very cleverly portrayed multiple distinct characters and their individual moods.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was 20 hours or so!


    Any additional comments?

    All Sci fi fans must have this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Santa Clara, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Justin Santa Clara, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Insanely boring..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story of the Ship of the Law is tired and does nothing to make me care about the characters.


    What could Greg Bear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The air on board ship is stale and grim. The end of the world (in Forge) seemed more cheerful...


    Did Stephen Bel Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is for the most part an original one.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. P. Abbott
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    "20 years on and still brilliant!!"

    After I read 'Eon', almost 25 years ago, I immediately became a hooked on the science fiction of Greg Bear and read them all!. 'Anvil of Stars' was always my favorite and I was so pleased to see so many of his older books suddenly available in Audible. I downloaded this one immediately! Do you need to read 'The Forge of God' first? Well... yes... probably best... if only for continuity, but this really is a stand alone story. With echoes of 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Enders Game' it mixes the super science and colossal scope from the likes of Alistair Reynolds and Peter Hamilton with the social and moral plight of a group of children (reminding me of Orson Scott Card) as they journey to avenge the desctuction of the Earth. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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