Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.
Earth's ravaged environment is quickly making it unlivable, and colonizers want to begin terraforming these abandoned worlds for human habitation. Only interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins are convinced that uncovering the secrets of the monuments may hold the key to survival for the entire human race.
"Splendid. Not since Arthur C. Clarke's Rendevous with Rama has the discovery of artifacts of alien intelligence been treated so skillfully." (
Baltimore Sun)"McDevitt is at his best award-winning style in this intelligent and wide-ranging novel." (
Kirkus Reviews)"With plenty of startling plot twists, a heavy dose of intrigue, and an unusual amount of character development for science fiction, McDevitt holds us fast right through to a thrilling finish." (
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McDevitt does it again!
It's an excellent story with believable characters. McDevitt is good on Big Ideas and his characters are believable, if not always likeable!
Tom is a good reader, not trying to be clever, but has clearly prepared and knows how to pronounce the difficult words and names!
Yes - Unfortunately not possible though!
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