The year is 3013.
The imperial navy has invaded Prince Samual's world....
The superior weaponry of the CoDominium Empire has brought unity to the Samualans - at the cost of their liberty.
Their last bid for freedom is to create a space program. But the knowledge to build a starship is extinct.
Colonel Nathan MacKinnie, leads a daring raid to steal these secrets from the planet of Makassar, where the key to space technology is guarded by Temple priests.MacKinnie battles across the universe, to wrest away the knowledge left by the first settlers who traversed the void of space from a planet called Old Earth. To live in peace they must fight for ancient secrets. To gain their freedom they must build....
©1980 Jerry Pournelle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I am a love it or leave it kind of person. I don't have time to waste on a mediocre book. This book does not disappoint. It is just as well written as all the other books by Jerry Pournelle that i have read. As I listened to the book I kept thinking of problems the characters would have to overcome. Sometimes those problems are overlooked by writers to make the book flow. Not only did every issue I thought of as an obstacle get addressed, but done so in a believable way. I am particularly impressed with how engrossed I was by the story, as told by the natives, so quickly. All the other books in the CoDominium universe that I have read were from the Imperial view. When I looked at the audio book for the first time I didn't think I would enjoy it as much, since the book is told from the local's viewpoint. The opposite could not have been truer. I really enjoyed getting this perspective and seeing arrogance and superiority where I had not previously thought about it. Great new depth on the CoDominium verse for me.
Not the worst, yet not the best. Probably the middle of the pack.
The storyline was fine. It just could've used more techy stuff interjected into the story line. Also, I might've expanded on the ending. But, I can't say more without spoiling it for others.
Fine. He sure has a gravelly voice compared to some other readers I've listened to.
Not really and no. But, very few books make me have those kinds of reactions.
I've seen different references that this takes place either chronologically before, or parallel with Mote in God's Eye, so I decided to read this one first, and am now working on Mote. What will be interesting to see is if there is more back story in Mote, which was sorely lacking in KDS
"Great self-contained story"
Possibly not right away, but definitely in time. It is a perfect example of well written and performed science fiction.
Malcom Dougal- he has such a clear sense of noble purpose, yet is willing to do anything to see his goal realised. The dichotomy makes for a very interesting character in the brief glimpses we get.
His narration brings out the sense of desperate determination present in all of the characters.
Yes , as the aspects that deal with protracted periods of time are outlined with key points , it gives it a real sense of pace, making it difficult not to get swept up in.
Well conceived story arch, that ties up all the loose ends and feels like a fitting conclusion to the characters journey.
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