In the Ocean of Night (Galactic Center, Bk 1)
In the Ocean of Night - Galactic Center, Bk 1 Author:Gregory Benford The derelict alien craft was a priceless storehouse of knowledge -- and a deadly threat to tens of millions on earth. Could astronaut Nigel Walmsley take the responsibility for destroying it...or for failing to destroy it? He chose and paid for his choice. — A decade and a half later, intelligent signals came from another invader of the Solar Sys... more »tem, and Nigel faced another decision -- to share Authority's paranoid panic...or to dare to abandon his limits and venture into the ocean of night.« less
The first half of the book was very interesting and seemed to have a good storyline going for it. However, the latter half of the story drifted quite a bit and to the point it was almost like reading a completely different book. I liked the first half - the second half left me scratching my head. I'm going to give the sequel a try because I think the story has a lot of potential if the beginning of the story is continued.
I had high hopes for Gregory Benford's In the Ocean of Night. I had enjoyed Artifact quite a bit and was hoping for more of the same. The overall problem with the book is that it starts well and then declines, slowly but surely, until the end. By the time Bigfoot shows up, things are really pretty bad. (I kid you not about Bigfoot.)
Books about the unknown are supposed to get more interesting, fascinating, and wondrous the further you get into them, not less.
This is the first book of a long saga, a saga I won't be following.