The Hercules Text

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
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The classic first-contact science fiction novel that launched the career of Jack McDevitt, the nationally best-selling author of Coming Home - now revised from the original edition, and featuring a new foreword.

From a remote corner of the galaxy, a message is being sent. The continuous beats of a pulsar have become odd, irregular...artificial. It can only be a code.

Frantically, a research team struggles to decipher the alien communication. And what the scientists discover is destined to shake the foundations of empires around this world - from Wall Street to the Vatican....

©2015 Cryptic, Inc. (P)2018 Tantor

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Jack is my favourite sci-fi author. However he lost me completely with this book. For me, it's not character driven, it's situation propelled and way beyond anything I can find interesting. I say, sorry Jack, even though I know you are no longer living. I've tried twice, but have only read halfway through. I love hard scifi, but this is hard-hard sci-fi, and continues to be beyond me. I must quit now, but I will probably try it again, 07/04/20.

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pedestrian, illogical first contact story

nothing really unexpected happens in the entire book. of course governments would make weapons of alien technology. it makes no sense that NASA would have exclusive copies of the transmission after announcing to the world about the first 'hello' signal, there would be a million radios recording the transmission.

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Lots to recommend here!

An update on the debut novel by Jack McDevitt. Granted, he misses some updates, and some references are a bit off putting. Also, there were some rather explicit editing issues, esp. later in the book. That all said, the concept, and Kevin Collins' performance put this on the recommended list. Enjoy it as much as I did!