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Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1 | [Charles Sheffield]

Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1

It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.
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It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years.

Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who studied artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that she might find the Builders themselves. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers - if they were hiding on Quake, he would find them.

Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

©1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997 Charles Sheffield; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Cecila LA PLATA, MD, United States 07-31-12
    Cecila LA PLATA, MD, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Summertide in three words, what would they be?

    interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    one of the little aliens


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    it was hard toget into, the first 2 CD' were all history and technical info that was later needed in the book. Once past this the book got very good.

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    Don Austin, TX, USA 02-26-04
    Don Austin, TX, USA 02-26-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Story and Good Reader"

    As a sci-fi fan of many years I found this book to be very enjoyable, easy to follow in the audio format, and an excellent story. I plan to get all four in the series.

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    Chickaree 08-14-03
    Chickaree 08-14-03
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    "Summertide"

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Very well read. Hope the sequels will soon be available through audible. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but this is very well done.

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    Charles Fayetteville, GA, USA 03-03-10
    Charles Fayetteville, GA, USA 03-03-10
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    "Strong beginning to the Heritage Universe"

    Hard science fiction with very few frills. Direct and to the point with very good narration. Introduces the Heritage series, answers a couple of questions but poses more. I really enjoy this type of science fiction and will listen the the next 3 books.

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