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Publisher's Summary

On September 28th, a geologist working in Death Valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in very well-mapped area. On October 1, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago.
Something is happening to planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to contemplate.
©1987 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By George Knight on 07-14-13

Great Story, Wonderful Listening, But the Editor?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this book. Greg Bear does the best job of bringing hard science into speculative fiction of anyone I know. The story never subsumes the science, nor the science the story. VERY satisfying to the head and the heart.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very satisfying.

What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The last third of the book is loaded with stuff that would not have changed the story at all if it hadn't been there. Sorry, Greg. If it hadn't been for Stephen's excellent reading, I wouldn't have stuck with it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wonder if this book could have gotten published these days. Every story now seems so addicted to "it all works out in the end" that true tragedy isn't really dealt with. I really liked the fact that Greg Bear acknowledged that sometimes the worst case happens. He has a silver lining, all right, but it doesn't eclipse the catastrophe of the event.

Any additional comments?

Honestly, the last third of the novel was full of things that covered in 20 pages what could have been covered in one. Perhaps when one is Greg Bear, editors are (or were) reluctant to intervene. In any event, one of the advantages of having a good narrator is that his energy can carry you through the slow spots. And I really appreciate that, because the last pages of the story were really worth getting to. I would certainly buy another Greg Bear book, as I've done in the past, and will certainly look for anything narrated by Stephen Bel Davies. Hurrah and thanks to you both. A great yarn.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda B on 03-30-12


Thank you audible. I have been waiting years for the audible version of this novel, and am not disappointed. In my opnion this is Bear's best work. A perfect balance of science and drama, with very compelling characters. It builds slowly but brilliantly to its inevitable, terrifying, and heart breaking climax. Though it is bleak in some ways, and frightening, there is the ever present flicker of hope throughout. It is thoughtful, intelligent and haunting... A science fiction classic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. L. Swinburn on 07-20-16

Fabulous sci Fi

A wonderful story told by great actors. If you have not discovered Greg Bear yet do so now.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-02-13

Slow but good

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's a slightly passable storyline, but way too slow moving. the end was kind of predictabe, but too many loose ends.

If you’ve listened to books by Greg Bear before, how does this one compare?


What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

realistic, American

Could you see The Forge of God being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?


Any additional comments?


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