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If you're an Australian, like me, you'll cringe every time the author pens a dialog for one of his Australian characters. his command of the our vernacular seems to have come from a particularly poor 40s war movie. Once I got past that, it was a very entertaining read and a promising start to a series.
The audible narration leaves a lot to be desired. It sounds like the reader tried to do it in one take, without bothering to pre read it. And once again the Ausy accent of the reader is piss poor and quite cringe worth. I won't comment on other accents.
Rarely do I find a book so engaging and mind expanding as this one. I love my sci-fi and am always on the look out for new authors and styles, and whilst the initial blurb of an archaeological dig had me a bit sceptical, I'm glad I gave it a go. This was a truly epic book, very well written and engaging. Well worth a 'look'
This is an really great story, the idea really grabbed me from the first look at the description. But it's not just the idea the writing is super, the story flows perfectly. The science is believable, and the descriptions of Mars really work well. Highly recommended, I have already bought all the rest of the series.
I've enjoyed Eric flints writing for a long time and have encountered spoor thru the collaborations with travis taylor. This book is medium to hard(in places) reading, feels like I'm being lectured to part of the time! If your are interested in palaeontology, ancient aliens, current field high physics and advanced materials sciences, (what a venn diagram!) then this is the book for you!. From A.j's nano sensors to Helens badlands fossil hunts this book is all encompassing. It's a little too reality based for my liking with what feels like real time research and space travel, but there is allways just enough to keep a die hard sci/ fi fan enthralled, Overall, a difficult read with plenty of rewards and characters that you can emphatise with.
It's not often these days that I come across a good solid hard sci-fi read. This qualifies. Relate-able characters, science (but they don't make you do math ;), action and a world that is a few steps into a possible future. Politics and economics haven't changed much, but it still manages to be a little bit hopeful.