3.0 out of 5 stars
Overlong, 23 May 2010
This book, like its 2 predecessors in the series, would have benefitted greatly by being cut to two thirds its size, starting with the irrelevant guff abour Nicole's privileged upbringing in Paris, but concentrating on the ludicrous irrelevancies about her childhood life in Africa, with her all-seeing grandmother and the mythical and completely pointless Omer (a few comments from Homer Simpson would have ben just as heldpul).
From my wide previous reading of Arthur C Clarke, I can only assume that this pseudo-philosophical twaddle emanates from the pen of Lee Gentry.
The alien cultures Clarkes deliniates are cleverly realised, but it's still a relief to get to the and find that the super-races moulding every creature's destiny with little regard for the morality of their actions, have a great get-out clause. when God pops up at the last minute to say 'It's all right, lads, they were doing it on my behalf all along!,