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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133606
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,513,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Flint is the author/creator of the "New York Times" best-selling Ring of Fire series, the most popular alternate history series today. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, and with David Weber collaborated on "1633," and "1634: The Baltic War," two novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on "Crown of Slaves," a best of the year pick by "Publishers Weekly," and its sequel, "Torch of Freedom." Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series. Ryk E. Spoor, while earning his masters degree in Pittsburgh, became a playtesting consultant and writer for the Wizards of the Coast, the leading publisher of role-playing games and related novels. He now lives in East Greenbush, NY, working as a technical proposal writer for a high-tech R&D firm, and spending his non-writing time with his wife and sons. Baen published his first novel, "Digital Knight," in 2003.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
A serious step up from the slow burning boundary, a good deal faster with more intense action.
All the old favourites are back, doing their hardcore science.
Overall an improvement over boundary, with a hell of a finish
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By sci fi manc on 20 Jun. 2015
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Excellent book great price & delivery, whats not to like ? sci fi Manc
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A good read 6 Jun. 2010
By M. Shepherd - Published on
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Eric Flint has another very good novel on his hands. Not outstanding, but very good. Easily worth 4 stars. "Threshold" is the second
book in the "Boundery" series. It would be a good stand alone novel, but it will be easier for you to get into the story if you read
"Boundery" first.
The basic story is not new, it`s been done several times before. Alien artifacts from a long ago visit have been discovered around
the solar system and the race is on to find more as well as to understand the aliens and their technology.
The book is an odd mixture of science fiction, hard science (with a few liberties taken), political cloak & dagger, adventure, and
humor. That sounds like a strange combination, but Flint & Spoor put it all together into a fun, enjoyable read that that keeps
you turning the pages.
The book is well written and the characters are fairly well developed. Maybe not as well developed as they could be, but as much
as you could hope for without the book being a lot longer and slowing the pace of the story.
They do take a few liberties with the science in the book, but far less than most sci-fi stories do. There is nothing in the book
that would make the average reader shut down their brain to accept story and plot points.
All in all it`s a very good book that you will enjoy reading.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worthy sequel to Boundary 20 Feb. 2011
By James Tepper - Published on
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"Threshold" is the sequel to "Boundary", taking place a few years after Boundary ends. It has the same cast of main characters that crash-landed on Mars in the opener, plus some new ones for our heroes to play against. The plot is pretty well described in the book jacket blurb or the Publisher's Weekly description on the Amazon page. A,J,, Helen, Maddie, Joe and Jackie still hold up well, and have their hands full in this very short (308 page) middle-of-a trilogy entry.

Although I very much enjoyed the geeky tech specifics of space travel and the solution of problems that can and do arise during the journey (as I did in Boundary), those looking more for thrills, chills and novelty might be a little disappointed by the emphasis on the (well-done) SF tech and lack of substantial plot advancement with respect to the ultimate goal of the space mission.

I should also point out that unlike Boundary, which can easily be read as a satisfying stand-alone novel, Threshold is NOT self-contained and terminates abruptly in a cliff-hanger. Given its brevity and the nature of the "ending", I am all but certain that Threshold is actually the first half of a much longer novel that could have (and probably should have) been published as a single work. But Flint and Spoor have me hooked, so I'll spring for part 2 when it is published.

Last but not least, the cover is MUCH better than the cover to Boundary.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book with an available ebook 23 Jun. 2010
By T. L. Talley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have really enjoyed this series, by Eric Flint and Ryk Spoor. I like books that embrace history, archeology/paleontology and other sciences of history and move them into the future.

This book takes the ancient history found in the first book Boundary and moves us forward with an exciting story mixing science and adventure.

What I love most is that I can also buy a DRM free ebook version of this direct from the publisher BAEN Books for only $6.00 no need for a kindle only version as it can easily be loaded into the kindle.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Echoes of Forties SF 3 July 2010
By D. G. Hulan - Published on
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This is the sequel to their earlier BOUNDARY, continuing the story of a private corporation, the Ares Project, that had found artifacts from an alien civilization on Mars and Phobos, including some that would prove very profitable. I hadn't particularly noticed it in the first book, but I just happened to be rereading George O. Smith's VENUS EQUILATERAL - a collection of novelettes from the 1940s about the scientists and engineers who worked on a communications space station at the L4 or L5 points of the orbit of Venus - as my current bedtime reading, and I was struck by the extent to which this book, and I think probably its predecessor, resembles that old classic. Obviously the science in VE has a lot of holes in it - for one thing, it has both Venus and Mars being habitable, and Smith didn't begin to imagine the explosion of computing power over the next 50 years - but it was reasonably plausible at the time it was written, and I imagine that the science in the "Boundary" series will have the same problem 50 years from now (which is roughly when it's set). And the Flint/Spoor collaboration can write a good bit better than Smith could, and this one is a novel where VE was a collection of connected novelettes, but the similarities are a lot stronger than the differences, I think. The plot proceeds in a very similar way - a technical problem arises; a group of highly competent scientists and engineers talk about it; one or more of them comes up with a bright idea that will solve it; they all buckle down and implement the idea; lather, rinse, and repeat. And if you like hard SF, and the characters are reasonably well-drawn, it can be a lot of fun to read. The Ares Project finds evidence of another alien base on Ceres, and comes up with a way to get there, where they find a much more intact base than the one on Phobos. They are followed by a much larger ship from the EU, which brings them additional supplies, but also is on an industrial espionage mission and manages to find evidence of another alien base on the Saturnian moon Encladus. There's some hostile action against the Ares group, but they end up chasing the EU ship and catching it near Jupiter - where a succession of disasters result in both ships being more or less disabled. As the book ends a mixed group - the six from Ares and about the same number from the EU - have landed on Europa and are faced with repairing the Ares ship (the EU survivors were just in a shuttle that doesn't have the range to get back to Ceres). They have the tools and the know-how to do it, if something else doesn't happen, along with enough supplies to last for a couple of years if it takes that long. I hope the third book in the series comes out soon, since I want to see how they make it back and what happens to them next.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A grand romp thru the solar system 20 Jan. 2011
By denelian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This being a sequal, one really should read "Boundry" first - but it's not absolutely required, it just makes it easier to know many of the characters - and to follow their continued development.

that aside, in the book, both the originally tech developed in Boundry [by a private company] and the ancient tech found on Mars, lead to a new "Space Race" - pitting Our Heros against the US on one hand, and the European Union on the other, for the first crack at new places that could harbor more of the ancient, alien tech - a race involving various "undercover" spies, strange adapations of existing tech, and "pixie dust". sadly, almost no archeology in this book [which is why only 4 stars, instead of 5] - can only hope the next in the series picks up that slack
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