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By miki on 09-17-13
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, if they like the Coyote series.
Which scene was your favorite?
The final scene
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed all the Coyote Series. This one added more dimension and understanding about the other entities in the universe.
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By Zack on 06-17-11
An awe inspiring saga.
In order to fully appreciate this book or the series you need to understand a few things about Allen Steele as well as the last 60 years of interstellar travel fiction. 'A Mote in God's Eye','Footfall','Rendezvous with Rama','2001','The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and its kin,'Foundation' series, are among the ranks of the best in the category. They all leave you with an immense sense of incompleteness. The 'Coyote' saga while not eradicating this feeling, at least gives you several thousand pages from 2070 AD to 2370 AD to brood about the science the author can't invent to satisfy you. Steele is not a perfect writer. However the scope and ambition of this series is palpable. All future writers in this category should aim to out do this saga, in both breadth and technical aspects. This is a must read series for any hard science fiction aficionado.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Donk on 07-18-13
Dyson Sphere and Annoying People
I enjoyed the idea of Hex. I was enthralled by the Dyson Sphere and wish I could read (or listen) to many more stories about this fascinating place, that even in my mind’s eye, was breathtaking. It was so colorfully detailed that I was able to see Hex as I read. I love that. I plan on reading the other books in the Coyote Series if only because I loved that type of imagery. This story was pretty good as well. I would have given it 4 stars because after "reading" it I felt not a second was wasted. In saying that….
So imagine if you will, asking people over to your home for free food and shelter, and because you were not there at their arrival, they kick in your door, steal a car, run it into the neighbor’s house, trespass in another yard, and then beat up some disabled kids down the street. Then they act like it is entirely your fault because you wasn’t available at the exact time they were wanting. That is basically what the Humans on the Montero were like. You were trying to help them and they repay you by being hoodlums.
I wanted to punch the characters in the face. I actually would find myself yelling at them while driving. Apparently the government officials of Coyote are morons. If I were going to send a sample of the human race to met highly advance race of aliens I would NEVER choose Andromeda nor her son as ambassadors. I cringed at every decision that Andromeda and Shawn made. As we say in the South, none of them were “raised right.” I would have totally jettisoned them as soon as Shawn decided to steal the boat. RULES people. RULES!
Possibly the purpose of the story is to show that humans, many times, are impatient and filled with a sense entitlement, and that this will be our near downfall in the future. The author did an excellent job portraying that future. I am sure that the lesson learned by the “mistakes” made were to show that humans need approached others in the COMPLETE opposite manner in which most of these characters did. Once again the author did an excellent job of that as well.
The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story and Hex, was the drawback of the story. Nobody would have sent them to this important of a meeting, ever. Thus, making the story a bit hard to swallow.
Anyway… can’t wait for the next one, may be all the annoying people will be gone.
4 stars for story
2 stars for the characters (I only wanted to punch them not kill them).
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Gordon on 09-04-16
Interesting adventure highly recommended
Loved listening to this Sci-fi adventure from the concept of the Dyson Sphere to the characters and the alien interactions.
Would recommend it to anyone who wants a galactic adventure and even more so to those who want to put their u der standings of scientific concepts to the test!!!!
By Corey Richardson on 05-27-15
Good, but not as good as the other Coyote books
I enjoyed the idea of the book - a Dyson sphere and exploration by humans. The story was good, just bit as good as the other books Steele has written in the Coyote universe (Galaxy Blues, Spindrift, etc).
Worth listening to if you want to complete all the books in the Coyote universe, but doesn't stand alone as a great read.
By Lady Pamela on 05-01-15
Ya Gotta Wonder....
The book is a continuation of the Coyote novels and is the 8th in the series. The main quality for Hex is the technology being explored in the narrative. That the Coyote leadership allows/chooses a bored and nearing retirement starship captain and a corporate vice president to represent a whole planet in it's first contact with another race is a lunacy developed by the author and to his credit. The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story and Hex, was the lesson from the book. It is certainly an excellent addition to the Coyote universe.