The Heritage Universe

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Summertide Publisher's Summary

It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years.

Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who studied artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that she might find the Builders themselves. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers - if they were hiding on Quake, he would find them.

Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

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  • Book 1

    • Summertide

    • The Heritage Universe, Book 1
    • By: Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 317
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing and leaving you wanting for more...

    • By Herve Bronnimann on 08-09-05

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Divergence

    • The Heritage Universe, Book 2
    • By: Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    For millennia, humankind and the other intelligent races have studied the bizarre and unfathomable constructs of the legendary beings known as the Builders. But for all that study, they are still no closer to figuring out who - or what - the Builders have been, or where they have gone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heritage Universe series volume 2

    • By James Shelton on 11-27-03

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 3

    • Transcendence

    • Book 3 of The Heritage Universe
    • By: Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    The search for the Builders, the legendary alien race whose unfathomable constructs continue to perplex scholars and explorers alike, has led Builder expert Darya Lang, adventurer Hans Rebka, and treasure hunters Louis Nenda and Atvar H'sial to an unknown Builder artifact far outside the spiral arm. There they find the Zardalu, once the greatest menace ever known to the worlds of the spiral arm, enslaving entire races and exterminating others, guided by the unswerving belief in their own supremacy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Heritage Universe series..THE BEST IN SCI-FI

    • By David on 10-18-03

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

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