In the far future, after human civilization has spread through the galaxy, communications begin to arrive in an apparently alien language. They appear to threaten invasion, but in order to counter the threat, the messages must first be understood.
This is quite a heavy going book in parts - plenty of techno-babble. The characters are well drawn - Rydra Wong , The Butcher and The Baron are really memorable. The situations and scenarios are interesting.
I did feel that some of the sections were a little muddled and the dialogue difficult to follow, but this in some way added to the feel. This book really dealt with communication and the lack of it.
I would certainly keep faith with this book as the story explains itself in the final Chapters.