Thousands of years in the future, Earth is a desolate ruin. The first human ship to return in millennia discovers an abandoned wasteland inhabited by only a few degenerate or mutated human outcasts. But among them is a boy of immense native intelligence and determination who grows up to become the force behind a plan to make Earth flower again. He is, if not immortal, at least very long lived, and he plans to build an independent power base out in the galaxy and force the galactic empire to devote centuries and immense resources to the restoration of the ecology of Earth.
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Early work, but really good Modesitt, Jr book
Solid environment, there were parts of the book that jumped around a bit needlessly, but considering this was written back in (1987 & I had never read the paperback before) I can't wait for the next books to come out on audible!
He's solid in this as he is in other books, enjoy reading (err listening?)
Both the scene toward the end with the empress and the scene at the end with his "crew" made me cry. One of the first cries I've had reading a book in 2015 - you got me good!
- Eric G. Peters
Great Science Fiction