Jack McDevitt is that splendid rarity, a writer who is a storyteller first and a science fiction writer second. In his ability to absolutely rivet the reader, it seems to me that he is the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke (Stephen King)
McDevitt is at his best award-winning style in this intelligent and wide-ranging novel (Kirkus Reviews
With plenty of startling plot twists, a heavy dose of intrigue, and an unusual amount of character development for science fiction, McDevitt holds us fast right through to a thrilling finish (Booklist
It's classic SF with a complex but tight plot and an excellent set of characters ... I seem to like this book more each time I read it (SF Reviews
An Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist for Best Novel from the multi-award winning SF master Jack McDevitt. First in the acclaimed Academy series.