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Publisher's Summary

Written by a highly regarded expert on space travel and exploration, Allen Steele's Arkwright features the precision of hard science fiction with a compelling cast of characters.
In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the 20th century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little does anyone know, Nathan is putting into motion his true timeless legacy. Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an earthlike planet several light-years distant. Fueled by Nathan's legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together - and pulled apart - by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.
This is classic, epic science fiction and engaging character-driven storytelling that will appeal to devotees of the genre as well as fans of current major motion pictures such as Gravity and Interstellar.
©2016 Allen Steele (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-12-16

Simplistic storyline with way too much melodrama

The first part of the book is the only genuinely interesting bit: a fictional re-telling of science fiction writing and famous sci-fi authors during the golden age of the genre.
But then the long middle part of the book is a tedious melodrama throwing in every daytime soap opera cliche about troubled families.
It gets briefly interesting again when the author behind to imagine humans on a distant planet, but soon it's back to family dramas before a really hokey sentimental ending.

I didn't enjoy the narrator's reading of it either. Something about the pitch and tone of his voice grated me throughout, though I must admit that he mimicked the voices of the older characters really well.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Hans on 04-06-16

Very boring

Very slow and inane story. Not at all what I was expecting from Steele after reading the coyote series.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Davidson on 01-02-18

This book took me away.

This book took me away.
A fantastic tale, that kept me listening for hours in a row.
Helped by a spot-on performance.

You will not regret getting a copy of Awkright.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy Dawson on 09-09-17


Every bit up to Steele's usual high standards. Reminiscent of an updated early Heinlein. Great!

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