The basis premise concerns 200 years in the future where faster than light drives have allowed some exploration of our galaxy. The startling discoveri..Show More »es have all been related to a mysterious alien race referred to as the Monument Makers (MM) from their habit of leaving gigantic sculptures scattered around including our solar system. At the same time evidenced is found of alien civilizations past and present, although none even at our technological level.
The major thrust is to understand what happened to the MM. This leads to archeological investigations that form the bulk of the action which in turn leads to solar system hopping. The plot twists are fascinating and unexpected.
Unfortunately there are several aspects that really detract from the overall story. The characters are largely forgettable. Most of their actions come off as a high school theatrical production. At the same time, the injected elements creating drama are forced, seem arbitrary, and aren't necessary to drive the plot forward. Finally, the authors drags out certain sections with too much detail that becomes dull and boring. The ending is satisfying up to a point, but leaves open much of the opening questions.
While it does seem to drag on occasion the story is nonetheless compelling and captures the reader or in this case, listener. The story is good but it..Show More » is character growth that plays the most. Also, while the performer for the first book, Engines of God, was very good, I can't help but find this performer was even better.
Comparing the audio version to the printed word is comparing apple to oranges, but the advantage to the audio version is the ability to continue to st..Show More »ory while on the go. The written version is better curled up in bed with book in hand and a cup of tea on the night-stand.
This book reminded me of trying to start my lawnmower in the spring. It would putter and almost start but never quite got there. This book was the sa..Show More »me thing. This story could have been so much better if they had cut out the filler and focused more on the aliens. Save your credit. I love this authors other books but this one falls flat on its face.
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 explorer..Show More »s. So I'd recommend it if you really wanted to but it's not the best in the series.