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Are we the children of starchildren?
The Starchild Compact is an adventure of heroic proportions, commencing on a planet 500 light-years distant, arriving here just a few years from now, and ending up in the far distant expanses of the Universe.
Is Saturn’s moon Iapetus an artifact? To find out, Jon Stock takes his international exploration team on a 1.4 billion km journey to Saturn, but will Jihadist stowaway Saeed Ismail succeed in sabotaging the mission?
On Iapetus, Jon Stock and his team meet the Founders. Where are they from? How did they get here? How will they impact Earth and the Solar System? Will the Founders' presence signal the end of humanity, or will it pave the way for a joint push to the distant reaches of the galaxy?
The Starchild Compact is hard sci-fi, reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke or James P. Hogan, with a geopolitical twist worthy of Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler.
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Great story, clever look at the future -- and past
Thoroughly engaging story about a manned expedition to explore the Saturn moon Iapetus. You have to admit the gas giant's moon captures the imagination, with its passing resemblance to the Death Star and its unusual hexagonal shapes on the surface -- not to mention a seam-like equator. This is setting for Williscroft's enjoyable read, complete with intriguing hard science fiction aspects.
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Not bad if you are a teenage boy I suppose
Would you try another book from Robert G. Williscroft and/or Trenton Bennett?
Highly unlikely. Disappointing in every way.
Has The Starchild Compact turned you off from other books in this genre?
Hardcore sci-fi? No. Misogynistic, leering, odd toned stories? Yes.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Trenton Bennett?
Stephan Rudnicki, if he would have taken on the job.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. The first episode in this series was oddly compelling and held my interest. This sequel was overtly, and obsessively, focussed on what the women were wearing, what their breasts looked like, etc. etc. Seriously?
Any additional comments?
I was provided a copy of this offering in exchange for a free and independent review. I almost regret I did. I am not sure where the author wanted to take this story arc, but the almost comical references to the clothing the women chose to wear, ( and, for that matter, all the characters chose to wear ) was silly, repetitive and distracting. This author can do better, and should.
The narrator was dry, and not particularly compelling.
All in all, I can't recommend this in any aspect. Oops!
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