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Publisher's Summary

A dark mystery has been buried beneath the sands of the Sahara for eons. In a basement in New Mexico, four poker buddies find reason to believe that a startling secret is out there, and these four amateur adventurers are about to uncover it. Curiosity propels mild-mannered professor Will and his three friends to the Sahara to excavate a site where radar has detected trilithic stones hidden beneath the sand. There they stumble upon an ancient artifact that will change their lives and the world forever: a gateway between planets, linking Earth to distant worlds where they will discover wonders and terrors beyond imagining. Now each traveler must play a crucial role in unraveling an ancient mystery, the solution to which may reveal the true origins of the human race, if they can survive the journey back to Earth.
©2005 Jack Williamson; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Williamson's artificial creatures are brilliant as always. Lush descriptions and a refreshingly brisk pace buoy the novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Williamson's combination of SF technological inventiveness and heroic quest is surprisingly successful, offering a neat origin story for humanity, to boot." (Booklist)
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By Amazon Customer on 09-06-07

Move along, nothing to hear...

We selected this book because it was read by Harlan Ellison. This book is proof H.E. will ____ for food.

This book is garbage. It is written by a person that clearly knows nothing about SciFi, character development, story telling, or plagiarism.

The story appears to be an attempt to write a bad script for the TV series Stargate. It even has a "major" character that is a large black man with a symbol on his forehead.

This is boring, repeats the same sentences over and over and over again, carefully dodges telling story, has huge leaps of illogic, and is generally racist.

That this book ever got published astounds me... that an audio book was generated for it is offensive.

Please, if you have to read/hear it for yourself because you don't trust our judgment, don't pay for it!

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By Julie W. Capell on 06-03-09

Too long, too boring

Some fun visuals but overall not enough new concepts to keep my interest. Characters were boring, too. Ellison's narration was just so-so; he should stick to writing.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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