Hammerfall (Gene Wars Series)

Hammerfall (Gene Wars Series)

by C. J. Cherryh
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Hammerfall (Gene Wars Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kirkus is mostly right, this book is advertisement for the series. But I will not be disappointed unless the series fails. Cherryh has been very quick to realize that the new nanotechnology and genetics is certain to impact our future in dramatic ways. I believe she will yet provide multiple and exciting examples of their use that will be as surprising and thought-provoking as they will be believable. Her gene wars series will do for nanotechnology what Cyteen has done for psychology, what Foreigner has done for politics, and what The Faded Sun has done for sociology. She is incapable of less. Hammerfall is obviously the beginning of a brilliant series, but it is far from a failure as a book.
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I bought this book on vacation up on Lake Champlain. I was so absorbed in the world Cherryh created that I read it for the last 4 days of my vaction. I lost my copy, but if I knew where it was, I'd read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.J. Cherryh is my favorite author, but this first novel in a new series is anything but compelling. All that desert trekking was boring, and the characters were not engaging. The author's other recent SF novels are full of fascinating characters that you can really identify with, as well as plots that don't get mired down in sand.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Since he was eight, Marak did his best to conceal the visions he saw and ignore the voices he heard because he knew either condition is considered a sign of madness. Those who are deemed mad are turned over to the Ila. Until he turned thirty, Marak successfully hid his delicate situation. He joined the war against the Ila, trying to break into the great city where she lived in splendid security. Marak confesses his illness and his father disowns him, giving him over to the soldiers for disposal to Ila.

After traveling across the large desert, Marak meets the five-century-old Ila. Everyone who is dubbed mad hear voices telling them to go east. Ila wants Marak to do just that but report to her what he finds. After a long arduous trek, Marak reaches a tower where he meets Ian and Luz, Ila¿s peers, claiming that the world is coming to an end. If he is to survive he must return to this tower with Ila and as many people as will go with them.

C.J. Cherryh is one of the most gifted science fiction writers of our time and with her latest novel, HAMMERFALL, she has created a new universe for the first time in thirty years. The story line reads like a modern day Noah¿s Ark as the audience keeps on reading to learn what happens as a world gets destroyed. Those sequences of scenes are brilliantly crafted. The protagonist is a hero as his actions and choices speak well of him as a person. Ms. Cherryh has another winner in this novel.

Harriet Klausner