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The Engines of God (Engines of God, Bk 1)
The Engines of God - Engines of God, Bk 1
Author: Jack McDevitt
In the far reaches of the solar system, the human race made its most staggering discovery -- a colossal statue of an alien creature. The mystery of its origin was never solved. But now, after two hundred years of speculation, the dying planet Earth must prepare for the truth.
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ISBN-13: 9780441002849
ISBN-10: 0441002846
Publication Date: 12/1/1995
Pages: 432
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3.9 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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This book was stunning in its characterization an scope. A GREAT read for those who really like Hard SF.
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Helpful Score: 5
A very solid science fiction novel, though it really felt like two novellas smashed together. This is the book that starts off McDevitt's "Academy" series, and establishes the idea of extraterrestrial archaeology (which tends to compete with the terraformers who want to change worlds wholesale). Or at any rate, that's the bulk of the first half of the book. The second half of the book is about the discovery of what come to be known as Omega Clouds, which seem to be the big bad guy for the remainder of the series.

The characters were well-rounded and satisfying to read about; the future science is kind of fun. There were some not-obvious leaps of reasoning in the second half of the book, though, which bugged me a bit, but that didn't detract too much from the storytelling.

4 of 5 stars.
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Helpful Score: 3
Another good one by McDevitt.
Human call them the Monument Makers, An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant plantes in the galazy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.
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Helpful Score: 3
A classic. Solid hard SF.
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McDevitt will keep you turning the pages. Interesting story.
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I really enjoyed this book. The author has a great imagination of the future and how we might live.
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Great story that leaves you wanting to read the other books in this series.
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One of the truly most enjoyable sci-fi books I've ever read. Not only is man out among the stars finding one other intelligent species, and evidence of several more, humans have a mystery to solve. Who was the species responsible for the monuments left in various locations throughout the spiral arm, including a statue located on one of Saturn's moons? The plot is intriguing, and the characters are interesting, believable, and likable.

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