The Nebula Award-winning author of the Alex Benedict novels and the Priscilla Hutchins novels returns to the world of Ancient Shores in a startling and majestic epic.
A working stargate dating back more than 10,000 years has been discovered in North Dakota, on a Sioux reservation near Devils Lake. Travel through the gate currently leads to three equally mysterious destinations: (1) an apparently empty garden world, quickly dubbed Eden; (2) a strange maze of underground passageways; and (3) a space station with a view of a galaxy that appears to be the Milky Way.
The race to explore and claim the stargate quickly escalates, and those involved divide into opposing camps who view the teleportation technology as either an unprecedented opportunity for scientific research or a disastrous threat to national - if not planetary - security. In the middle of the maelstrom stands Sioux chairman James Walker.
One thing is for certain: Questions about what the stargate means for humanity's role in the galaxy cannot be ignored. Especially since travel through the stargate isn't necessarily only one way....
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Honestly I only got a couple chapters into the book. The narrator was so horrible I couldn't get that far. What I did get to was "okay." I usually love Jack McDevitt's books, so I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't so annoyed with the narrator.
The narrator read like he was a child trying to read a book, LOTS of pauses in places there shouldn't have been. The majority of the time he read in a very flat tone. No excitement or drama. Just a flat tone reading. And worse, he tried... "tried," to make different voices. But his accents were crap... sigh.. such a waste.
This book was extremely frustrating. Great story concept, frustrating execution.
The person chosen to narrate this book was absolutely and completely the wrong choice. It's not that the narrator is not a competent narrator or anything like that, however his voice and the way he generated characters and voices and accents was completely ill-suited for this book.
I've been a jack with every fan for a long time and enjoyed all the stores are ready for him except for this one. It was almost unfinishable. The dialogue was terrible, the plot was lackluster and predictable, and I was thoroughly disappointed. I kept waiting for it to get better but it didn't. Why Jack? Why?
I like Jack McDevitt's work for the most part; however, Thunderbird was not good. Maybe I missed the point. There is no way governments or people would act the way they do here. And the story went nowhere.
The narrator was a poor choice for this book. Most male characters sound like they've been hit with a sack of stupid and the women sound like hillbilly valley girls.
I was often pulled out of the story thinking that the way a character acted was all wrong. Most of the time people seemed half witted, there wasn't a diversity between how the characters were written.
I normally read everything Jack McDevitt writes, so yes, I will read the next book especially if it's an Alex and Chase story.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
Everything. The plot was ridiculous, from the characters, to how a find like this would be handled, to the simplistic character generation. It was like the author had no realistic grasp of what would really happen. It's science fiction, so there are some things that you have to take as creative. This was not based on any research as to what behavior would take place, what government sanctions would be... nothing. It was frustrating because it had potential, there was just no follow thru,
Listening to Kobani - Federation Forged In Fire. While there are still some creative license taken with the tech, the character generation is sound and the interactions seem more real.
No, they were all 2 dimensional and nothing stood out.
The Tribal council leader, the president, the list is too long.
Weak writing with a poorly developed world.
I enjoy books by Jack McDevitt. I have read all or most of his books and buy any new one as soon as I find it. This book was a continuation of a prior book he wrote many years ago and I enjoyed it. The only drawback was the reader. Sorry but Mr. Free cannot do female voices and it drove me to stop listening and buy the Kindle version of the book. Also, I found his reading voice to be a problem but when it came to female dialog, it was too much. He made the female characters sound silly and unconvincing. My enjoyment of audio books depends on the writer but also the reader and in this case it was too much.
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