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Publisher's Summary

For generations, the descendants of the powerful telepath known as the Rowan have used their various talents to help mankind - some are telepaths, others can teleport through space, others are empathic healers. The clan has grown powerful. They have led Earth to ally itself with the alien Mrdini, and together the two races have held back the predatory Hivers, a deadly insectoid species that kills all life it finds.

Like all powerful families, the Rowan clan has also made enemies. There are those who say the treaties with the Mrdini gave away too much - especially, that the Mrdini get more than their fair share of new living space as habitable planets are discovered - that the Hivers should have been exterminated by now, and that far too much power is concentrated in one family.

The clan has two goals to keep the peace: to help the Mrdini control population growth, so that newly discovered planets are distributed more evenly, and to put a final halt to Hiver advances. They are confident of success - if they can survive sabotage and assassination attempts aimed at destroying all they have worked for.

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©2007 Anne McCaffrey (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Readers looking for intelligent, heroic adventure will find it here, and Rowan fans will be especially pleased at this felicitous closing of a popular SF series." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Bundle things up to close out the series. But not as good as the earlier books in the series.

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Anne Macafrey is the mother of science fiction

Her ability to take us out amongst the stars is unparalleled. The way she creates different life forms and races is outstanding. I think that any one interested in science fiction should definitly read this series

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Meh

McCaffrey is the reason that I started becoming a reader when I was thirteen. This book and series is not representitive of her better work. And it is really too bad. I think that as she got older her ability to craft tightly woven plots and build intriguing and densely populated worlds slowed down.

Too bad really, I really like the concept.

McCaffrey has a habit of using exposition to tell story when action and dialogue would make for better craft, this series commits that sin worse than the Pern books ever did.

The story could be a little tighter. though there are no major plot holes per se, but the tension could be heightened and a little less use of exposition and deus ex machina to solve the Hiver threat would have been preferred. In the series mankind is never backed into corner. Never has to overcome it's own limits, prejudices, and political infighting to triumph over the "other." The Mrdini alliance is never strained. There is no "Normandy Beach" moment; a "with your shield or on it" stage to the story. There is no look into the minds of the "rebels" who do have legitimate grievances against the alliance. We only see the plot through the Psi inside perspective.

Other series and stories that use the trope of "mankind vs. an overwhelming existential threat" have worked the story better. The anime Heroic Age is a better example of the idea of Psi talented people vs a space faring insectoid species.

I get the feeling the story could have use a producer much as the Beattles needed Epstein to become the world class band they did.

All in all... meh. I listened through all five books, more because I am a fan than anything. If this was my first exposure to McCaffrey when I thirteen I would not have become the fan I became after falling into her Pern series as a kid.

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love the book but didn't like all the accents

I enjoyed this book but the other books in this series have a better narrator

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Super Read !!!

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

I love all Anne McCaffary books. The Talent series is rated up there with the pern books for greatness. But as far as I'm concerned there is no bad book by this author..

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Switched narrator. Oops!

As always Anne McCaffry writes a good story. This book is the fifth in the series and as a paperback is enjoyable. Unfortunately they switched readers for this last book. If you have listened to all of the other books, which have the same reader, and then start this one??? It???s like jumping into a new series, it seams completely divorced from what has come before. Susan Ericksen is a fine reader for OTHER books but her style drastically differs from the rest of the books in this run and breaks this last book away from the end of the series. In short: Switched narrator. Oops!

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I can’t believe it.

For many years, I have been a fan of Susan Ericksen and Brilliance Audio. Maybe this was the first thing they ever did. The reading is full of mistakes, the production values awful.
Frankly, I was shocked. Did no one proof this? The story is pretty lame also. Not Anne McCaffrey’s best by far.

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excellent

this is one of my all time favorite series. getting to listen to a superb narration makes it even more enjoyable. thank you so much to the author and also the narrative staff.

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horrible finale to a wonderful childhood series

The first 2 books were great. Then book 3 and 4 were functional reading. But when they change narrator and turned someone gay straight with 1 sex scene and no transition, I gave up.

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Writing is a huge disappointment.

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

This book really wasn't up to the quality of past Anne McCaffrey books. I swear it was like somebody else wrote this book, using the basic storyline of her past books.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne McCaffrey again?

I love Anne McCaffrey books and have read pretty much everything she's written.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

I don't care for how she portrays the characters, too sickly sweet.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tower and the Hive?

The one where they sent to Laria's tower that guy who was a total jerk. That part was like some soap opera. And the Kincaid/Laria romance storyline was absolutely ridiculous!

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It was like the writer suddenly didn't know her characters and somehow changed them to be weak and fickle. I can't express strongly enough how disappointed I was with this book, which is saying a lot since I'm a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey.

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