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A working stargate dating back more than ten thousand years has been discovered in North Dakota, on a Sioux reservation near Devils Lake. Travel through the gate currently leads to three equally mysterious destinations: (1) an apparently empty garden world, quickly dubbed Eden; (2) a strange maze of underground passageways; or (3) a space station with a view of a galaxy that appears to be the Milky Way. The race to explore and claim the stargate quickly escalates, and those involved divide into opposing camps who view the teleportation technology either as an unprecedented opportunity for scientific research or a disastrous threat to national -- if not planetary -- security. In the middle of the maelstrom stands Sioux chairman James Walker. One thing is for certain: questions about what the stargate means for humanity's role in the galaxy cannot be ignored. Especially since travel through the stargate isn't necessarily only one way...
Publisher: New York, New York : Ace Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425279199
Branch Call Number: MCDEVITT J
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 05, 2017

The biggest issue I have with this book is that in spite of some interesting possibilities (aliens on Eden! Aliens on Riverwalk! The Maze! A space station outside our galaxy! Louie!) there really isn't much of a plot and then the book just ends. Some things like Louie or the Maze are never explained so we know nothing about them when the book ends. When it looks like some progress may be achieved, like on Eden, the book ends before any real climax or resolution.

Mar 31, 2016

Excellent sequel to McDevitt's 1996 Ancient Shores. This time more time is used to explore stargate, and the worlds that it opens up to, particularly Eden, which the Native Americans seem to want to colonize, despite evidence of sentient life already living there.

Jan 26, 2016

Good story line about gates to other places and times, and the end was unpredictable. Looking forward to the next McDevitt book - and you have to wonder what the little whirlwinds will do next.

Dec 29, 2015

I got to experience TWO sequels this week! One I won't bother mentioning because for all practical purposes, it’s been talked to DEATH, and the verdict was that it was almost perfect!
The second sequel was unexpected - Jack McDevitt’s new book, THUNDERBIRD.

To provide a bit of context, I should say that ANCIENT SHORES was the first McDevitt book I ever read. I got in at a library clearance sale because the cover was intriguing. I read it and then proceeded to read every other McDevitt book I could find, keeping up with all the new ones and rereading the stories all the way back to his first novel.

Even so, ANCIENT SHORES stayed with me. One of the reasons is that I am from the Minnesota; I was born here, raised here, and I went to Minnesota State University – Moorhead for my undergraduate degree. I have had friends from all parts of North Dakota, and have even been through the US-Canada Border Crossing up at Pembina, ND. I know the area, I know what the winters are like, and I know the sensibility of the people who live there. That’s what made ANCIENT SHORES memorable to me. I felt like I was experiencing alien worlds on my own doorstep. I was satisfied with the ending. But only just...

When I saw that THUNDERBIRD was due out, I was excited. Where would Jack take us after the end of the first book? More importantly, would there finally be aliens we could talk to? Those of you who read McDevitt know that he doesn’t place much hope in us discovering a universe teeming with intelligent alien life we can sit down to table with. To the contrary, his aliens are mysterious; often incomprehensible, and always alien...

With this book, he managed to both satisfy and continue his Doubting Thomas role. There are aliens we can talk to here, ones that are in fact, comprehensible! If I was a less trusting soul, I’d say that he put them there just to please people like me, because the other aliens are incomprehensible…mostly, though they do comprehensible things. Most of the time.

As I said, I grew up here. When I was doing my student teaching in the early 1980s, the Mille Lacs Band of the Chippewa nation on the western shore of Lake Mille Lacs lived in horrendous poverty. Homes, churches, all of it was barely livable. That all changed when Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. Suddenly, the Mille Lacs Band had a way to raise money; the result being that the reservation itself is little different from any other wealthy white suburb. (Of course I still hear whites grousing about it – but gambling is a voluntary act. Not one Band member has ever kidnapped a white person and forced them to do the slots at the casino!)

At any rate, I found I was dreading the inevitable confrontation between the Reservation government (in this neck of the woods, the Nations are Nations unto themselves. They do not live on property leased or borrowed from or in any way encumbered by the US Government…I’m not sure if some reviewers quite understand the nuances of a place like North Dakota, especially if they’ve never lived there…) and the US Government. But McDevitt’s solution was superb and well thought out, and aliens themselves tweaked the noses of all Humanity! Having been to and on Lake Superior numerous times, I understand that it is a perfect place to hide secrets. But I also know that secrets hidden can be revealed again when the time is right.

In my opinion, this was a perfect sequel.


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