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I first read this on the 29th December 2004 and most recently on the 3rd January 2006.
Dudley Bose, astronomer at small and insignificant college on a distant planet,
spots something astounding on his telescope: a star disappears. It is gone
very suddenly, leaves no trace and there is no reason for the disappearance.
Thus starts the massively long and involved epic novel of alien attack, of aliens
attacking from both the outside - the gruesome, grotesque moties - and from
inside the empire - the dastardly Starflyer with its long conspiracies against
Actually that's not quite how it starts. It really starts with NASA Captain-Pilot
Wilson Kime landing the Eagle II on Mars, and finding he's and his crew are not alone on the planet.
I bought and read this book twice. Not because I loved it but because
I'd completely forgotten that I'd read it. Bought it both times for a long
I didn't love it. There's a lot in there to love, but there's also a lot
in there, far too much in there, far too many words (Of course, I went and
bought the sequel "Judas Unchained" too).
Loaded on the 28th February 2007.