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Publisher's Summary

The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.
©1995 Catherine Asaro; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"In an unusually masterful first novel, physicist Asaro combines hard speculative science and first-rate storytelling to look at the galaxy's distant future....This is one of the best sf first novels in years." (Booklist)
"Though Asaro, a physicist, provides more than enough esoteric detail on faster-than-light inversion drives, cybernetic enhancements, and computer networks, she manages to anchor her story with thoughtful, engaging characters and an intriguing vision of the future." (Publishers Weekly)
"This novel deserves a wide readership." (Library Journal)

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  • Paul
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-17-07

Bridges of Madison Space Port

I bought this thinking it was a cool book about space battles and soldiers. This was a 10 hour and 59 minute femine hormonal diatribe couched in poorly thought out and over described technology. Half the book was an introspection into the main female character's emotional baggage that was so pounded into you by the end of the story that you began to wonder if the writer wasn't in fact trying to parallel something in real-life. Like we're reading an inside message or joke that we don't really get because we're not whoever this book is aimed at.

The Narator was great except for her naration of men. She tried to speak their lines too deeply. She should stop trying to overmodify her voice. The men in the story (some of them heroic or handsome) sound like goofy and cartoonish children in a liquor store trying to buy beer by disguising their voice.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another culture war book

Why is it that authors feel they have to fight political battles using media as their weapons? I was very disappointed to see yet another attempt to normalize homosexuality. The book was already at a slow start, but throw in a lesbian love interest in the first chapter and there is not a point to continue. If homosexuality is not the point of the book, then why is it even in there? If you have traditional moral values, then this book is not for you.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lacking a good plot

This book lacks a good plot. 2 hrs into the book and couldnt tell what the story was about.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful