Heaven's Shadow Paperback – 15 Jul 2011
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`A compulsive read... Goyer and Cassutt know their craft well, taking cues from classics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Solaris.' --4* review in SciFiNow
The first in a new near-future science-fiction thriller series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I read an advanced reading copy and this version of the book clocks in at a little over 560 pages, so the final version might change a little. However, I think you could cut 200 or more pages from this book and it would not have affected the story at all. In my opinion it would have made it much better, cleaner and sharper. Most of the time the story reads like a screenplay anyway. The chapters are short and punchy. The dialogue is fragmented and is exactly how people speak in real life. The description is light which helps the plot move along at a good pace.Read more ›
Beware, though -- it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger leading into a sequel.
Add to this some spartanesque prose, a decent pace and a whole host of imaginative scenario's to help the reader imagine the ship in all its Technicolor glory. Whilst this book does have some flaws such as the characters being fairly flat, this does feel fairly movie like in its explanations (which could be because David wrote some crackers such as The Unborn, The Dark Knight etc.) as well as portrayal and as such if you want something that feels part Event Horizon as well as part Solaris, this could well be the book for you.
The themes are here; big dumb object, science far in advance of ours, the nature of religion, our place in the universe etc... But there was a lack of anything really imaginitive - I've read and seen it all before. The writing though workmanlike, often felt flat and leaden, the charaters were dull.
No. Avoid this book and dust of Rama and read it again, read Eon, Ringworld, Orbitsville.
Someone with less sci-fi literacy would probably find this book good, or even exceptional. Good for those. Everyone else, please skip this book and read one of those I mention above.
Some of the language becomes a bit confused and unnecessary as often found with Sci-Fi books but it wasn't too bad. There are an unbelievable amount of 'typos' in this book - the author may not have had it copy edited - who knows. However, an easy and enjoyable read - I would like to see a Heaven's Shadow 2 come out.
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This is really well written at the start! A fantastic page-turner full of adventure and surprises for the first two thirds. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. James Haythornthwaite
Well written couldn't put it down enjoyed every minute reminds me of the old good sci-fi magic
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Really liked the family central to the story - the writers did a great job of making an emotional connection with them throughout. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by Mr. Mike Hackett
Not your usual sci- fi read. A NEO ( Near Earth Object) is in the sky. What is it and who will be the first space ship to find out? Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by G. Luff
So! What do you think the various world-leaders would do if a Near Earth Object (NEO) appeared in the sky? Heaven's Shadow is about that. Read morePublished on 3 May 2013 by humanitysdarkerside
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. It gets a bit far fetched in the second half but just go with it. It's that rare thing, a page turner. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2012 by Bernicebear