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The Eternity Artifact Hardcover – 28 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (28 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765314649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765314642
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,287,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Flash" "Modesitt supports his vision with deep political, economic and cultural knowledge and speculation, producing a world that actually makes its own kind of sense. . . . His people are genuine inhabitants of this world, not transplanted 20th-century souls."--"Science Fiction Weekly "on" Flash" "This novel doesn't fall into the trap of making futuristic Earth denizens less than human or creating complicated technology just for show....Corporate conspiracies, rigged elections and the ubiquity of advertising are just a few of the issues Modesitt takes on, and he deftly handles the complicated plot threads."--Romantic Times "on "Flash" "A well conceived, suspenseful thriller which also examines an all too plausible corruption of democracy." --"Chronicle" on" Flash" "Flash is a classic thriller...Modesitt makes deVrai's daily routines interesting through his meticulous narrative and when deVrai steps out of his routine there is plenty of action."-"-The Denver Post "

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, and Archform: Beauty. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is his most ambitious book yet with lots of intelligent characters. With more than one main character if you like hard sci fi or the ecolitan envoy series buy this book you will love it. The blurb on the back cover sounds incredably dull and ungripping. The book is certainly not Modesitt paints the picture of rivaling theocracies and the speed of future communication technology and treachery and space combat vividly and with finesse.
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Each chapter is a view from a different character of the story and from their point of view. This makes the story rather disjointed and there are times when two chapters are of the same event but from two different peoples point of view. That with divergences into the history of characters and other items, makes it hard to follow the chain of events of the story. I found myself skipping chunks of the book to try and follow the story line.
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Format: Hardcover
I think there are several major issues with this book. For starters, the first person style is fine when the is a single character and the action follows their experiences. Here, an attempt has been made to marry the first person style with the multi character viewpoint of third person. I think this approach is clunky and often confusing. I also found it frustrating to read about the same events repeatedly from only very slightly different viewpoints.
Modesitt also repeats dialogue constantly and describes the same items constantly. I lost count of the number of times I was treated to the truly gripping description of the 'blue skin-tights and grey vest and shorts of the DSS'.
*yawn*
Finally... the character of Liam Fitzhugh has incredibly awkward dialogue. This is deliberate... it's supposed to be an idiosyncrasy... but it's just stupid.

Oh and the space battles are spectacularly uninteresting.
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Format: Kindle Edition
An excellent, and deep, hard-sci-fi novel enhanced by four very different first person naratives. having exhausted all of the available Hammilton and Reynolds book I have searched for a while for something as satisfying. In this author I have found it and look forward to reading the rest of his works.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first try of this author. I enjoyed reading the book although it left me wanting a bit more at the end. However I don't think this is likely to generate a new series.
It deals with a galaxy populated by humans with no sign of other intelligent life anywhere, until a new planet is found in the void between galaxies made by others billions of years earlier, and the impact of this on the various cultures and beliefs, with many similarities to todays issues.
Written in an unusual style, all in the first person and the story is told in a series of short chapters from varying viewpoints, even the enemies. This leads to some overlap with some events covered several times from different angles, but on the whole a different and successful approach.
Recommended
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