The Engines of God

The Engines of God

Book - 1995
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Two hundred years ago, humans made a stunning discovery in the far reaches of the solar system: a huge statue of an alien creature, with an inscription that defied all efforts at translation. Now, as faster-than-light drive opens the stars to exploration, humans are finding other relics of the race they call the Monument-Makers - each different, and each heartbreakingly beautiful. But except for a set of footprints on Jupiter's moon Iapetus, there is no trace of the enigmatic race that has left them behind. Then a team of scientists working on a dead world discover an ominous new image of the Monument-Makers. Somehow it all fits with other lost civilizations, and possibly with Earth's own future. And distant past. But Earth itself is on the brink of ecological disaster - there is no time to search for answers. Even to a question that may hold the key to survival for the entire human race.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 1995
Edition: Ace mass-market ed
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780441002849
Characteristics: 419 p. : ill. ; 18 cm


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Jul 12, 2019

This book has a lot of great reviews and Stephen King even said McDevitt might be the next Asimov. So, I expected to like this book and wanted to like it but found it lacking. It’s pretty good sci-fi in terms of the big ideas. The character development, dialogue and interchanges leave a lot to be desired and eventually become a distraction. The idea of the Priscilla Hutchins character is pretty intriguing but as written she winds up seeming like an unexciting person who does exciting things - I just couldn’t get any real good connection with her. Other characters like Carson are a complete disaster so my take is that this author has a ways to go in terms of his craft. On that note he occasionally puts paragraphs together that lost the thread - for me - in terms of who was talking (!) and sometimes went so directly to another scene that I had to stop and catch up with where he was. Anything that takes me out of the book I have to chalk up to bad writing. I’m not a speed reader so I give a writer every chance to bring me along. This book was the first in the series so maybe McDevitt gets better. I’ll give the second book a chance but if it’s going the same way I’ll bail.

Sep 16, 2017

An interesting tale, the sci part is a bit iffy but the story is unique. The author is obviously not a pilot/ship captain. Pilots never let a straphanger/suit/passenger tell them what to do and they don't ever operate by committee. Endanger my ship-no way!


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