Five thousand years ago, the Kinley built a ship capable of traveling faster than light. It carried a group of scientists to a small, distant planet - a primitive place called Earth. Its mission was peaceful observation. But when the ship was destroyed, the Kinley crew found themselves stranded in ancient Egypt, participants in the pageant of life in the time of the Pharaohs. They buried remnants of their technology deep beneath the desert and sent a last desperate message home….
Five thousand years later, the Kinley homeworld hovers on the brink of extinction. An enemy that nearly obliterated their race has risen again - now with the ability to destroy them for good. A lone Kinley soldier named Pruit is sent on a desperate mission: to follow the ancient beacon back to Earth and recover the secrets to faster-than-light travel. It is their last hope. Technology that once allowed them to cross vast reaches of space might allow them to outrun their enemies and find a safe world to call their own. But Pruit’s mission will be harder than she can imagine. Her quest will draw her enemies after her and will awaken ancient foes on Earth. As she gets closer to what she seeks, she will find each adversary willing to risk everything to stop her, each hoping to steal the knowledge for themselves.The rivals will meet in modern-day Egypt and their struggle will alter the fate of worlds.
©2012 Arwen Elys Dayton (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'll start by saying I absolutely loved it, and I'm shocked that this only Dayton's second novel. Her diction and writing style are indicative of a much more established author.
I'm usually leery of novels that involve multiple time lines, but I've got to say Dayton pulled it off beautifully. Through a series of flashbacks Dayton quickly sets up the premise for the book. From then on the series mainly focuses on the present day while periodically visiting characters 5,000 years gone. Once the common link between the time lines is established both proceed to tell their respective stories in a way that leads you yearning for the next chapter.
My only complaint is that the ending seemed a little rushed. And while all of the main plot lines were resolved there was room in universe she created for more. I hope Dayton chooses to revisit the world she created.
I've listened to a few books now where Kate Rudd was the reader and while I've loved her performances in the past, most noteably Debris: The Veiled Worlds, I was initially a little put off during the first chapter. I can't say whether the story was so good that I ignored what I had initially found displeasing, or Kate grew into the characters. Either way, I found overall that it was an excellent performance and I was glad that I got past the initial distaste.
The story line was a good one but seemed to lack dimension that would have made it better. Not shore if there will be another in this series, but I would buy it, just to see what happen to everyone. If you are one of those who liked The Lost Fleet and The Saga of the Seven Suns you too will find this one lacking but you will still enjoy it, it will just not be one of your favorite.
I found this to be a difficult book to read and to review.The plot sounds like the book should be first class - the crew of the first faster-than-light starship gets stranded on a distant planet (Earth), a war almost destroys the mother planet and much of their science is lost, a new war threatens the destruction of the entire race and, after 5000 years, they attempt to find the original ship and it’s science. We have almost everything here - interplanetary war, a chase (including the attacking aliens) to find a lost technology, time-travel (sort of), love, hate, revenge, salvation, attempted genocide and more. So why was I so disappointed?
First, it was hard for me to credit the characters. Surely one would expect a race testing their first and only faster-than-light ship to do some kind of basic psychological testing on the crew before sending them 8 light years on their maiden voyage, so how do we end up with one psychopathic killer and two people claiming to the primitive locals that they are gods? What ever happened to the Prime Directive?
Second, why would a race utterly dependent upon the re-discovery of a lost technology for their continued existence only send one ship with only two crew members to find it? Surely they would make more than just one attempt to save their entire race.
Third, surely someone living in domed cities to escape the radiation poison would know that such places would be kept at a higher pressure inside to insure that any cracks would result in air leaking out, not leaking in.
In any case I almost put this book down about a quarter of the way through. I had lost patience with the actions of the stranded crew since they did not seem reasonable given psychological testing that goes on when such crews are selected, I could not conceive of only one rescue ship being sent, given how grave the situation was, and I found the narration to be ill suited to the story. In the end I decided to try to finish the book and, much to my surprise, I found the plot more interesting in the second half of the book. I finally became used to the narration and found it less objectionable toward the end of the book, perhaps because the story became more interesting and more believable.
There were some positives about this book. The world the author created was both complex and credible, some of the crew members seemed more real because they were less idealistic and selfless than often presented in these kinds of books, the switching back and forth between the ancient and modern worlds proved to be an interesting device and the interaction between the humans and the aliens was particularly interesting to me. While I had planned to give this book, and the narration, 3 stars, in the end I decided that the second half of the book salvaged the first half for me and I ended up giving it 4 stars.
For me, tough going, but I found some rewards for the effort to get through the book. However I did not go looking for other books by this author.
Yes, with caveats. There are some amazing flights of fancy here. A reader will only get into this story if they are very willing to suspend disbelief. Once that hurdle is passed, it is quite a ride. Its the whole spacemen helped the Egyptians build the Pyramids thing, a subject that I find compelling. However, getting back to that suspend disbelief thing, characters in this book are not only capable of living in suspended animation for 5,000 years, but an implanted tracer bug also works for that extended 5,000 year period. When you think about it; Wow, wow, wow. I should also mention, guys, that this book could be categorized as chick-lit
Making granite out of chemistry set chemicals, The captain and his wife becoming Egyptian gods.
I think the narrator did a superb job.
No, just basically rewrite my view of history from 5000 BC forward.
The Mechanic is probably the most irredeemably bad meanie who ever graced a page of fiction.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
This book was worth the listen, but is, in the end, forgettable. It was entertaining, and I wouldn't say that I was ever bored while listening to it, but there are much better books out there. It was, however, an interesting take on the pyramids and the Egyptian mythology.
The story could have benefited with some more time given to the conclusion. It was as if the author lost interest towards the end. It developed well and at a steady pace but the conclusion seemed to be wrapped up in relatively few words.
Refreshingly different storyline within this genre. Enjoyed the human vs "other sentient beings" psychological and emotional dynamics. Found the speculative historical aspects interesting and somewhat plausible. also pretty good narrative.
The synopsis of this book is that aliens travel to earth during the age of Ancient Egypt and become the foundation for the Egyptian gods. Aliens then return in modern times in an attempt to wake up the ancient aliens and recover lost technology that the modern aliens hope the ancients still have. The book is good, though somewhat forgettable long-term. The plot is a lot like Buzz Aldrin's Encounter with Tiber (1996), which has more science behind the fiction than this book. Don't look for a lot of "hard-core" sci-fi with this book but it's still an enjoyable read.
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