A brilliant imagining of what WWI was like for those who fought it - full of actual people as characters - First of a trilogy (the other titles are Eye in the Door and Ghost Road)
Excellent read which really made me take an interest in the history of World War I and the real life characters in this fictional account. It is the first novel in the Pat Braker triliogy which continues with The Eye in the Door and Ghost Road.
I used it for my British Texts and Contexts course in college and it was an interesting book that provided a lot of insight on different situations that took place during WWI.
In 1917, decorated British officer and poet Siegfried Sassoon wrote a declaration condemning the war. Instead of a court-martial, he was sent to a hospital for other "shell-shocked" officers where he was treated by Dr. William Rivers, noted an thropologist and psychiatrist. Author Barker turns these true occurrences into a compelling and brilliant antiwar novel. Sassoon's complete sanity disturbs Dr. Rivers to such a point that he questions his own role in "curing" his patients only to send them back to the slaughter of the war in France. World War I decimated an entire generation of European men, and the horrifying loss of life and the callousness of the government led to the obliteration of the Victorian ideal. This is an important and impressive novel about war, soldiers, and humanity. It belongs in most fiction collections.
- C. Christopher Pavek, National Economic Research As socs. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine-stored personality. He passed the time flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine-people. But suddenly his decadent existence was interrupted by disaster--a powerful alien race, intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life, had reappeared after eons of silence, and the lives of all Heechee and humans were at stake.
Even Robin, virtually immortal and with unlimited acces to millennia of accumulated data, could not discover what these aliens were--or how to stop them. Yet it looked as if he was the only one able to deal with the enemy face to face--a meeting that would determine the future of the entire universe.
This is book #4 of the Heechee books
#2 Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
#3 Heechee Rendezvous