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Cauldron: Academy Series | [Jack McDevitt]

Cauldron: Academy Series

When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2255. The academy that trained the starfarers is long gone and veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins spends her retirement supporting fund-raising efforts for The Prometheus Foundation, a privately funded organization devoted to deep space exploration.

But when a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, Hutch finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

©2007 Jack McDevitt; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Steve Light Fort Mill, SC United States 09-26-12
    Steve Light Fort Mill, SC United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Not the return to the clouds I expect"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you've read the earlier books in the series you might as well read this one. However I did not like the answers to the questions this book explorers. So I'd recommend it if you really wanted to but it's not the best in the series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Really" Of all the answers to Omega Clouds, what are they, what makes them, etc. and this is all you could come up with?


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She is excellent. She was the reason I pressed on finishing the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was nice to have Hutch up front and center in this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rogue4 02-07-12
    Rogue4 02-07-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Had potential"

    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan San Francisco, CA, USA 08-08-09
    Stephan San Francisco, CA, USA 08-08-09
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    "Boooooring"

    I've listened to a few sci-fi books and this one is by far the most uninteresting book. They go to strange new worlds, but they do not come to life. The narrator also makes it very difficult to differentiate between characters. The characters themselves don't have much of a personality either. I have not read the other books in the series, so I cannot judge the author, but this book is a flop.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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