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Hex

By: Allen Steele
Narrated by: Tracy Sallows,Allen Steele (introduction)
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Publisher's summary

The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons. But when the Federation's recon mission goes terribly wrong, the humans realize how little they know about their new partners.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Allen Steele.

©2011 Allen M. Steele (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    4 out of 5 stars

An awe inspiring saga.

In order to fully appreciate this book or the series you need to understand a few things about Allen Steele as well as the last 60 years of interstellar travel fiction. 'A Mote in God's Eye','Footfall','Rendezvous with Rama','2001','The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and its kin,'Foundation' series, are among the ranks of the best in the category. They all leave you with an immense sense of incompleteness. The 'Coyote' saga while not eradicating this feeling, at least gives you several thousand pages from 2070 AD to 2370 AD to brood about the science the author can't invent to satisfy you. Steele is not a perfect writer. However the scope and ambition of this series is palpable. All future writers in this category should aim to out do this saga, in both breadth and technical aspects. This is a must read series for any hard science fiction aficionado.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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Dyson Sphere and Annoying People

I enjoyed the idea of Hex. I was enthralled by the Dyson Sphere and wish I could read (or listen) to many more stories about this fascinating place, that even in my mind’s eye, was breathtaking. It was so colorfully detailed that I was able to see Hex as I read. I love that. I plan on reading the other books in the Coyote Series if only because I loved that type of imagery. This story was pretty good as well. I would have given it 4 stars because after "reading" it I felt not a second was wasted. In saying that….

Slight Spoilers.....

So imagine if you will, asking people over to your home for free food and shelter, and because you were not there at their arrival, they kick in your door, steal a car, run it into the neighbor’s house, trespass in another yard, and then beat up some disabled kids down the street. Then they act like it is entirely your fault because you wasn’t available at the exact time they were wanting. That is basically what the Humans on the Montero were like. You were trying to help them and they repay you by being hoodlums.

I wanted to punch the characters in the face. I actually would find myself yelling at them while driving. Apparently the government officials of Coyote are morons. If I were going to send a sample of the human race to met highly advance race of aliens I would NEVER choose Andromeda nor her son as ambassadors. I cringed at every decision that Andromeda and Shawn made. As we say in the South, none of them were “raised right.” I would have totally jettisoned them as soon as Shawn decided to steal the boat. RULES people. RULES!

Possibly the purpose of the story is to show that humans, many times, are impatient and filled with a sense entitlement, and that this will be our near downfall in the future. The author did an excellent job portraying that future. I am sure that the lesson learned by the “mistakes” made were to show that humans need approached others in the COMPLETE opposite manner in which most of these characters did. Once again the author did an excellent job of that as well.

The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story and Hex, was the drawback of the story. Nobody would have sent them to this important of a meeting, ever. Thus, making the story a bit hard to swallow.

Anyway… can’t wait for the next one, may be all the annoying people will be gone.

4 stars for story
2 stars for the characters (I only wanted to punch them not kill them).


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Enjoyed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, if they like the Coyote series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Almost did

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed all the Coyote Series. This one added more dimension and understanding about the other entities in the universe.

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Interesting adventure highly recommended

Loved listening to this Sci-fi adventure from the concept of the Dyson Sphere to the characters and the alien interactions.
Would recommend it to anyone who wants a galactic adventure and even more so to those who want to put their u der standings of scientific concepts to the test!!!!
Highly recommended

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Good, but not as good as the other Coyote books

I enjoyed the idea of the book - a Dyson sphere and exploration by humans. The story was good, just bit as good as the other books Steele has written in the Coyote universe (Galaxy Blues, Spindrift, etc).

Worth listening to if you want to complete all the books in the Coyote universe, but doesn't stand alone as a great read.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
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Ya Gotta Wonder....

The book is a continuation of the Coyote novels and is the 8th in the series. The main quality for Hex is the technology being explored in the narrative. That the Coyote leadership allows/chooses a bored and nearing retirement starship captain and a corporate vice president to represent a whole planet in it's first contact with another race is a lunacy developed by the author and to his credit. The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story and Hex, was the lesson from the book. It is certainly an excellent addition to the Coyote universe.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Unlikely!

Good science fiction typically has good science at its foundation. While the science of the Dyson sphere I felt was meticulous, many other aspects of the story were not.

The story relied heavily on the stupidity of its characters to provide the fodder for a plot. It didn't take long for me to stop caring about the characters altogether!

Certain aspects of applied tech seemed anachronistic.

I personally would not recommend this story if you are a stickler for details, but it is enjoyable enough to keep you company while you do yard work.

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Wanted to Like it but...

What disappointed you about Hex?

I really wanted to like Hex after the authors forward but several issues. I've bought both the audible and the kindle book and haven't been able to finish either one. Good price, good performance but issues with story and character development. Issue without spoilers, I hope.

All the characters ( with one possible exception) continually show poor judgement with regard to command decisions, technical insights, how to respond to possible/potential threats, all couple with the emotional maturity of 12 year old children.

Repeated clanging of the archaic use of 20th century technologies even for a new frontier world that gets painful to overlook after few chapters. Idiots making decision or making such obviously dumb ones to set up a story line.

No biologist? No linguist? Text messages that take minutes to translate? Surprise and wonder at basically electronic paper? Surprise at the idea that a communication device might also be used to listen to conversation without you knowledge!

Hex has lot promise and I may give the Coyote early novels a try but at best 2.5 stars for me.

What could Allen Steele have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

see above

Which character – as performed by Tracy Sallows and Allen Steele (introduction) – was your favorite?

The academic/VP at least until the middle of the book where i gave up did the smallest number of stupid things. But really saving his guess of it being a Dyson sphere because a real scientist wait to test his data before he tell anyone his theory ?? That old one ...

What character would you cut from Hex?

sigh

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    1 out of 5 stars
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Great Premise Lack of Character Development

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The Steele faithful might like it. And people that think humans are stupid.

Has Hex turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definitely not, there are plenty of good books out there on alternate types of worlds (Rama, Ringworld, etc).

How could the performance have been better?

A total re-write with better characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very angry and frustrated as every character in charge made totally idiotic decisions. The captain, by the books own admission was suppose to be able to make quick decisions and be intuitive. Every decision she made got them deeper in trouble. Not to mention that she couldn't even process the capabilities of a race that could build something like Hex. Every other in-charge character in the book made idiotic decisions from putting a shuttle at full throttle (Casey) to deciding to explore rather than staying put when you end up at the wrong location (Sean)...only to mention a few idiotic decisions.

One question - does a race that can build a Dyson sphere invite other species to come live there just so they can capture and destroy, torture, and/or eat them?

Any additional comments?

Maybe if I had read the book with my internal voice the characters wouldn't have seemed like such idiots, but the narrator's voice seemed to add to the incompetence of the characters. If I were an alien species I wouldn't let those poor decision making humans into my world.

This is the first book that I have read from Steele. I hear the other books are good, but I am not going to chance it. This is the last book from this author that I will read.

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Well, it was a good idea...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More dynamic reading, improved story, more interesting characters, more consistent technology... and more.

What was most disappointing about Allen Steele’s story?

The abject stupidity of the human characters... worrying about taking GUNS in to face a species that's Millennia beyond you technologically!? NOBODY is that dumb... and that's just one example. If I'd been the super advanced species watching the humans bluder stupidly around my sphere, I'd have told them "ahh... on second thought..."

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tracy Sallows and Allen Steele (introduction) ?

I'd have just told her to use a bit more vocal range in her performance, I felt like I was listening to the female equivelant of the teacher on Ferris Buelers day off... "Bueler... Bueller..."

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hex?

Needs a massive overhaul... there's not any one scene that's problematic.

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