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BILLY WALKER STROLLED out of Hardwickes Pipe and Tobacco with a box of expensive Cuban cigars and crossed the bricked street of Monument Circle. He glanced at his watch. His friend was late. The Great Indianapolis sky was crystal blue, and the early April air was mild and fresh. But it was too windy for him to feel warm. He wasn't used to wind. There was no wind in space.
Billy walked to one of the buffalo-head fountains at the base of the 19th century Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial, which gave Monument Circle its name. He casually surveyed the tall, gleaming stone column and ornate statues of the monument. Workers hustled about the old edifice, putting up decorations for the impending Hudson Bay Day. It was the worldwide holiday celebrated every April 14th, and this year's observance promised to be special. It was the tenth anniversary of the great victory that had saved humanity. But he knew his friend would do no celebrating.
It was a Saturday, nearly noon, and most of the bankers, businessmen, politicians and assorted elitists who populated Monument Circle during the week were nowhere to be seen. Probably, Billy mused, they had escaped the city for their estates along the Ohio River. But the Circle was still crowded with tourists and colorful street vendors. Children raced up and down the old Indiana limestone steps of the ancient monument, and the smell of foods cooking from vendors' carts filled the air. For most of those around him, Billy imagined, it was an idyllic, even glorious day.
Posted June 9, 2013
Great characters and story, and the themes of father and son relationships, both human and Cyclopean, worked on so many levels. I especially loved the Cyclopean world and the Cyclopean characters. They were rich in layers of complexity. A grand adventure and an original science fiction work, outstanding, Mr. Womack!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2006
An exciting science fiction thriller within a story that draws you into the world of the many well-written characters! I especially enjoyed the aliens, those both evil and heroic, and discovering their world, motivations, and culture. The many father-son relationships within the story and how that drove many of the various characters was fascinating and original!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.