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June 1, 2288 - Europe's first starship, the EASS Galileo, launches on its maiden voyage to investigate an unidentified object, code-named Spindrift, which is traveling outside our solar system. An object that may be alien in origin. The Galileo disappears soon after... February 1, 2344 - The Galileo's shuttle returns to Earth carrying three surviving expedition members, who still appear to be the same age they were when they departed. They report that they have, indeed, made contact with an extraterrestrial race - and become enmeshed in a conflict that brought them face to face with the most apocalyptic force in the galaxy. It is up to Director General John Shillinglaw to piece together the puzzle created by these events - for the survivors tell their stories from their own conflicting perspectives. And the truth is more difficult to glean than it appears.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Allen Steele.
©2008 Allen Steele (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-02-11

Should have been a novella

I stayed with this book because in the midst of all the unfunny jokes and the stupid characters, there was an actual good story. The telling of the story was just too tedious at times. If a character leaves a room and goes to meet someone in another room, you may get (he grabbed the door knob and turned it counter-clockwise, pulling the door inward he stepped into the narrow hall, walking at a brisk pace he noticed a smug on the wall ....) Boring detail that does not add to the story. Then the lead character is a scientist who is a mass murderer, who the author thinks we should like. He smokes pot so the narrator gives this genius scientist a surfer dude voice. This guy killed 30,000 people and tried to kill more and we are suppose to feel sorry for him because others won't include him in there circles. In the end the scientist does nine years for killing 30,000 people. Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this?

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1 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 06-24-11

Awful reader

I have been listening to audible books for more than 20 years - since you had to get them on cassette tapes (and they were called books-on-tape). In that 20 years, I've listened to over 400 books and have enjoyed nearly all of them.
I really like Allen Steele's books. I enjoyed the Coyote series very much. To be sure, there are readers I have really liked and readers I did not like so much. But Andy Caploe is the worst I listened to in those 20 years. Though I like Spindrift so far (I'm about half through it), I'm not sure I can finish it because of the terrible reading. Many times, I'm not sure Mr. Caploe is listening to what he's reading or is even aware that the individual words are part of a sentence. The emphasis is frequently overly dramatic and even more frequently misplaced. The voices are also terrible. His English and Russian accents are laughable. Why he would chose to cast Ramirez - a highly educated, if somewhat flawed character - as a Southern California surfer boy is entirely beyond me.
I have never stopped listening to a book because of the reader. Yet. I may be just interested enough in learning how the story turns out to push through, but I'm not sure I'll make it. I will be sure to never again get a book where Mr. Caploe is the reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 03-23-10

A story of first contact

I found this a most enjoyable story of first contact. It is well read and easy to follow. Some die hard readers of Science Fiction may be familiar with this type of plot and find little new, but I simply enjoyed it. I supposed it helped a little that I read/listened to the Coyote novels, but that is not necessary to enjoy this book. This is much more "alien" than the Coyote books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By spencerhudson on 04-04-16

First contact , very good version of what could happen

This story provides very interesting version of first contact. The background of us coming to think there might be so rhythms there, the scary find and trying to understand what we are seeing. The scared nature we all have the facility to exhibit as well as ... Well you'll need to read to find more

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