I enjoy these archaeological science fiction novels starring Priscilla Hutchins. The stories do not unfold in a typical larger-than-life fashion but usually are about personalities sorting out missions that take unexpected turns. Jack McDevitt is very good at creating real characters and real decisions. This book, however, was not his best in that regard, but it was still a good read about an exploration team's fight for survival on a living world about to be destroyed in a massive collision.
This is one of my favorite books by McDevitt. The adventure and drama are compelling and he does such a great job of world building. This was my first McDevitt book and I've devoured all of his other books as a consequence. He's one of my favorite authors. His books should be read in order because of the relationships that are built throughout the "Priscilla Hutchins" books. He has another series I enjoy with the main character of "Alex Benedict" and "Chase Kolpath". Great series as well. His stand-alones are worth reading as well.
I found this book barely readable. While the storyline was unique and imaginative, much of the text was laborious and unnecessarily detailed. One paragraph described what was on a breakfast tray which added nothing to the storyline. I only select one example of many that added volume to the book, but no substance.