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After more than a century of isolation, the paths between stars are again open and the people of Alta in contact with their sister colony on Sandar. The opening of the foldlines has not been the unmixed blessing the Altans had supposed, however.

For the reestablishment of interstellar travel has brought with it news of the Ryall, an alien race whose goal is the extermination of humanity. If they are to avoid defeat at the hands of the aliens, Alta must seek out the military might of Earth. However, to reach Earth requires them to dive into the heart of a supernova...

©1987, 1998 Michael McCollum (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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good follow up to the first book

I have written a review for the first book so that is where you should go first, if you have read the first book then you will probably like this one and the 3rd one. In the first book the fold space reopened and the rest of civilization was reconnected, sorta.

This was written only 1 year after the first book but book 3 was written 15 years after that in 2002 which is sorta strange, I have a review of that one also.

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  • Dale
  • Springdale, AR, United States
  • 05-09-13

A soporific yawn.

. Well... this book should have a "do not operate machinery while listening" disclaimer. It's almost like the author intended the book to be as dull and boring as possible. I gave it two stars because there is about 2hrs on the second part that actually followed the summary... the rest? I actually fell asleep listening.

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another exciting title from Michael McCollum

I just love Michael McCollum, his writing is always rich with detail without boring you. you gotta read these books.

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Good read - not to long.

Good pace, good detail. The science is familiar if you've read the Gibraltar series. Actually that's not the only similarity.

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Another enjoyable entry.

Like the previous book, it felt like it was written by a chauvinist trying to put on airs of being progressive. But for the late 80's that's not out of character for the populous. I look forward to the next as it appears to have been published in 2002. Perhaps it looses the baggage of that latter era.

Aside from that complaint, it was a fun read.