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I first read this in October 1999.
This is the final book in the Uplift series.
Humans and "uplifted" dolphins had found ancient alien artifacts in the
depths of space. These artifacts of some ancient race threaten to
overturn the galactic hierarchy, As a result they are now fleeing
(and have been for at least one or two previous books in this series)
space armadas intent on seizing these artifacts and destroying the
Earthlings. Meanwhile, Earth itself is under attack by malevolent
With the humans and dolphins on the Earth spacecraft, the Streaker, are
the young representatives of the assorted races from the illegal colony
If you like the uplift series, then of course you'll like this book.
It's got good writing, likeable characters, great ideas and very big
space structures. I enjoy reading them, although the series is intended
for a younger audience than me (which means most people).
However, don't be content with just reading the Uplift series, make a
point of reading "The Postman" which is one of the best post-apocalypse
novels (right up there with "A Canticle For Leibowitz" and "Lucifer's Hammer"). I'd also
recommend Brin's "the Practice Effect", if it is still in print, as
being rather entertaining.
What's it got? Galactic databases with personality, very, very big
space structures, faster-than-light travel through different realms of space, massive
space armadas and bundles of wildly different aliens.
Loaded on the 19th May 2001.