I don't think i've ever written a bad review for McDevitt but this one will probably rate as one of my lowest for him. I have enjoyed every other book i've read from this author. I would rate it lower than Polaris & Seeker, but it does have a mystery storyline. The Storyline takes about 100 pages just to setup and from then it slowly developes. The story by far delves into the political dynamics of a distant planet Salud Afar, which stands outside the Galactic disk and whose night sky is dominated by only one star. it is a good story and i guess i'm being to cross when dealing with this author, or maybe he's setting us up with a Priscilla Hutchins type book next. Cause the mention of a world with a long gone civilization lies within 1200 light years from this planet "Salud Afar". This book is listed on several peoples' wish list, i just hope they can endure the slow story long enough to enjoy the book. Hopefully the author takes a hint and explores the above mention for his next book.
I enjoyed this book, thought it was a typical Alex Benedict novel. Not as gripping as Seeker, but still a good mystery, clues laid out logically, quiet heroes. I hope McDevitt continues to write in this universe 'cause I like living there, if only for a few hours.