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To Sister Beatrice, a priestess of the global Order of St. Michael, the cloud of tiny white particles is a message from God. To Johann Eberhardt, a German systems engineer, it is an anomaly of physics. But to the Rama Society, it may be the long-awaited proof of nonhuman intelligence. On Mars, Johann and Beatrice will meet, drawn together by a fabulous account of a vast city lost beneath the red planet's harsh landscape. Joined by nine Martian colonists, the mystic and the skeptic will board a strange craft that ...
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Overview

To Sister Beatrice, a priestess of the global Order of St. Michael, the cloud of tiny white particles is a message from God. To Johann Eberhardt, a German systems engineer, it is an anomaly of physics. But to the Rama Society, it may be the long-awaited proof of nonhuman intelligence. On Mars, Johann and Beatrice will meet, drawn together by a fabulous account of a vast city lost beneath the red planet's harsh landscape. Joined by nine Martian colonists, the mystic and the skeptic will board a strange craft that will hurtle them toward the truth behind the mysterious bright messengers--and a startling journey into the heart of the unknown.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lee's first solo mission (his collaboration with Arthur C. Clarke yielded the three latest Rama novels: Rama II, The Garden of Rama and Rama Revealed) continues in the Rama universe, beginning on Earth in 2141 during a depression called the Great Chaos. Using visits by the bright messengers (who may be angels or aliens), Lee brings together the lives of agnostic engineer Johann Eberhardt and Sister Beatrice, a devout nun of the order of St. Michael of Siena. The ensuing venture to Mars, to the messengers' ship and to the beyond is classic SF-a tale that exhibits Lee's firm control of character and dialogue and, in the best tradition of the genre, one in which love and sex play major roles. Although the resolution of Sister Beatrice's struggle with chastity lacks any unique insight, she is otherwise a remarkable religious figure, both admirable and accessible. And in solidly fleshing out Johann's professional, filial and uxorial roles, Lee may well have created a new hero. (June)
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An American nun and a German engineer share an otherwordly vision that leads them to a fateful encounter on the planet Mars, where a small group strives to create a new world out of the shattered remnants of a decaying Earth. This solo effort by the coauthor (with Arthur C. Clarke) of several novels in the "Rama" cycle focuses on the theme of spiritual reawakening and moral responsibility. Despite an unfortunate tendency to stereotype both cultures and individuals, Lee's maiden voyage maintains a compelling interest in the story's grand design. Fans of the "Rama" novel will appreciate the vision that unfolds in this new series.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780553090062
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Pages: 368

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    Hope the promised sequel is better...

    As was stated by another reviewee, it started out good and ended in a rather un-scifi way. Hopefully the promised sequel is better or makes up for what this book lost in the end. If it doesn't then you can knock off all 3 stars that I give this book.

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