The Engines of God (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series #1)

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The first Priscilla Hutchins novel!

Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.

And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the entire human race.

In the late 2100s, ...

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Overview

The first Priscilla Hutchins novel!

Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.

And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the entire human race.

In the late 2100s, scientists are still trying to unravel the mystery behind a group of 14 statues found among the stars. On an epic journey that covers four planets, a group of archeologists uncovers ruins that offer clues to the builders' identity and follows them to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

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Carl Hays
By the end of the twenty-second century, Earth's ravaged environment has become a time bomb ticking down to global self-destruction. Despite the fortuitous arrival of faster-than-light space travel, the search for a new home has so far located only one candidate--Quraqua, a desolate planet scheduled for terraformation within a few months. For interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins, the looming renovation threatens critical research on the enigmatic alien ruins on Quraqua and its moon, which include a bizarre false city dubbed Oz. Rousing little interest on Earth and facing an unyielding terraformation committee, Wald and his team undertake a last round of life-threatening expeditions to decipher Oz's secrets before they are swallowed forever by an emerging new world. With plenty of startling plot twists, a heavy dose of intrigue, and an unusual amount of character development for science fiction, McDevitt holds us fast right through to a thrilling finish. The yarn's less pure sf, though, than a rousing archaeological adventure transplanted to another star system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441002849
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 253,261
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. He is a multiple Nebula Award finalist who lives in Georgia with his wife Maureen.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    EXCELLENT SERIES!!

    I'm a big fan of believable SF novels. I came across this book a few years back and was instantly addicted. The entire series is wonderfully written, always introducing something new and interesting and I highly recommend it to SF fans!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Excellent hardcore scifi writer

    My first McDevitt, had heard hints somewhere that he's a fun writer of hardcore space opera. Has interesting broad sweeping plot ideas, and a satisfying notion of space exploration in the not too distant future when humans have recently figured out faster-then-light travel. Hutch Hutchins is a superb main character, a feisty, sharp, funny, highly skilled ship's captain. Engines of God is the first in the series starring her, betcha I'll read the whole set.
    This is Jamie Dillon, spouse of Jo Kuh.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2005

    Picked up by Accident...

    I picked this book up by accident in a second hand store and was immediately engaged...While I think some of the premises regarding the attractant of the 'Dark Cloud' was specious at best...The book was well written and kept me reading...which is all that I can ask for from a hard SF choice...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Start of a fantastic series

    The book opens up to the world of Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins who is a pilot that ferry scientists from Earth to other planets. There are times when things do not go as they plan and she does her best to help out the situation when needed. Especially when they visit the planet of Quraqua where scientists are trying to recover as much information from the descendents of the planet. With little time, they do what they can but sometimes the best made plans does not come together and Hutch is there trying to do the best she can in what she has.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    Great writer wrong Novel

    This guy is a good writer but not in this book. I love SF specially hard SF and even more when archeology, antrhopolgy, history, mistery is involved that is why i bought this book, But this story fell short from what i expected. Simple things make a big difference. To start, why pick cities and right angles as the atractors in the story, is this what dertemines an advance civilization? Well if that was the case then i guess beings living in Spherical cities would avoid destruction. IF he would have picked the amount of energy the civilization uses or its electromagnetic output as the atractor for the dragon i would have given it a 5 stars. But.... Maybe this is not his best.. The story as a whole was not that bad, i mean the characters and all... I will try one more book from this author I already picked the ones i will read, it is about an alternative history something i like too..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    It just doesn't get better

    Great read. Will interrupt your life. If you require concrete endings with everything tidied up and explained, well, you will have to come to the conclusion yourself. That was something I really liked about this one. I've bought it three times, lent it out each time and had to buy it again. Decided I would marry the man who already had it on his shelf, and found him last summer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Excellent

    This book was excellent! I couldn't put it down and wished it wouldn't end. It had everything: science, mystery, good character development, and carefully detailed thoughts and actions. Very well balanced. I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Great read, lots of twists and turns!

    SciFi with plot twists like a mystery. The outcome can't be predicted when you start. Seems like the start of a series, I'll try some more of the books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    The beginning of an engrossing series. McDevitt spins a great y

    The beginning of an engrossing series. McDevitt spins a great yarn, and the hype is right - his writing is as engrossing as the Clark "Rama" series, but more approachable in some ways. You'll find his books hard to put down, and you'll be glad that there are more in the series...

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