Ancient Shores

Ancient Shores

by Jack McDevitt
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Ancient Shores 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book starts with a strong SF premise. The early chapters are riveting as the protagonists discover just how extraordinary is the boat unearthed on a North Dakota farm. Unfortunately, the book lets us down; at least it didn't live up to my expectations. It's fine to describe the diverse reactions of Americans to this sensational discovery, but that's almost all that goes on here. We long to encounter the aliens who left this artifact, or at least gets some glimpse of their purpose. We yearn to explore the new world opened by the Roundhouse. Alas, none of that ever happens. This becomes merely a study of human sociology. Maybe that's the only story the author wants to tell. On the other hand, if he has devoted a whole volume to setting up a sequel, it's too late for me. He's lost me as a reader.
iowashort More than 1 year ago
As are all of Jack McDevitt's books, this is well written. He is not one of my favorite authors, but for someone who enjoys SciFi as opposed to Fantasy this would be a good book. It is a little off the wall and I prefer my SciFi to be more believeable.
Cirrus More than 1 year ago
Looking for hard sci-fi? This isn't it. It takes too long for anything interesting to develop, then once something interesting does develop, rather than exploring it McDevitt spends the rest of the novel introducing us to an endless string of completely unimportant characters for one page each, tells us how they feel about things, then abandons them. Right when the book starts to get interesting, it goes off track and never comes close to recovering. I'm a big McDevitt fan (love the Omega cloud series), but this novel was an utter waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McDevitt is the new Clarke. Each novel a new pace of sci-fi adventure. My favorite are the Benedict series - especially his avatar encountders. Enjoy. mark
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Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wakes up and sees his love. Oh darling he jokes. When is breakfast! He prtends to be holding a fork an knife.
prospectorBW More than 1 year ago
Well thought out and executed,hard to put down! Covered many implications which I wouldn't have thought of but were logical and nessary to the fullness of the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw some of the plot twists developing but more often than not I slapped my forehead and said "I never saw THAT coming!" Intriguing, unique premise that I do not remember seeing in 50 years of reading Sci-Fi.
Scotman55 More than 1 year ago
First Impressions: I’ve read Jack’s “The Odyssey” and was mildly entertained. With that, I decided to explore his earlier novels including the stand-alone book Ancient Shores. A decent tale, but goes off on too many tangents to follow. Ending seemed rushed. Story & Plot: I enjoyed the build-up of the character Max, a man who was good with antique airplanes, had a military family history but shunned that route, deciding instead to restore old aircraft. The book makes a big deal of a horror accident where he could have saved but did not save a girl in a plane that exploded on a runway as a hapless man attempted to save her. From this we get that Max is not one to take chances or risks that would endanger himself. Later in the book this takes the form of his not defending the “Roundhouse” (an alien artifact that turns out to be a transporter to other worlds) from the USA which wants to destroy it in order to save the economy (a roundabout way of building that plot!). April, the Black scientist, who thought it sad that her retiring collegue got recognized for his work and then faded out, wanted fame and fortune and saw the sailboat found on a farm in North Dakota her ticket to ride. It’s a story of “be careful what you wish for.” And the author’s tendency to give the reader the complete rundown of each main character’s love life was a bit much and did not add to the overall plot. The book tends to go off on several tangents, telling stories of minor characters who are affected by the discovery of alien technology – some find religion, some radio minister makes money off it (not sure what the point of that was) and some want to blow the Roundhouse up (an odd account of a man who has a radio-controlled bomb in his truck and drives by someone who just happens to have the same frequency for his garage door opener – really?). There are some interesting points that are immediately dropped – who is this invisible alien who comes onto Earth? What happened to him? And the subplot of the Native American plot of land and how they’re repeating history by defending their land against the government was a fine opinion of exploitation and political ranting & raving, but highly unlikely. Bottom Line: As other reviewers have found, the book seemed to have a hard time finding its way until the end, where we finally get some closure – but a disappointing ending where we’re still left to wonder what about the other worlds out there – would the discovery of super-human technology actually crash the economy? I recommend reading his Nebula and Hugo award-winning tales instead. Ancient Shores, like Odyssey, are cute one-time novels that make a point of the human condition but leave the reader unsatisfied at the end.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book leaves you on the edge of your seat wnating to learn about the numerous secrets that are intwined carefully throughout this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is indeed a fascinating subject, and McDevitt slowly (but not too slowly!) and carefully reveals more and more about the artifact that is found. McDevitt keeps the reader in suspense, right up to the end of the book where, frustratingly, the reader is left hanging. However, this book is ripe for at least one sequel and I hope Mr. McDevitt complies. The only problem I have with this book is that once again, McDevitt's main characters are irresponsible or inexperienced archaeologists who take no precautions and jump into things before thinking, naturally provoking mishaps and tragedies -- this makes the book difficult to read as I was constantly disgusted buy the impulsive, and at times juvenile, behavior of the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4 mice, 5 voles, and 7 squirrels.
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