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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Sheffield Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Heritage Universe Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455179121
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It was just before Summertide, when the planet Quake would orbit closest to its sun, subjecting itself to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years.

Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who studied artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that she might find the Builders themselves. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake, risking their lives to protect the others—and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The vaults of space echo to another epic voice.”

    Times

  • “This promising first installment of the projected Heritage Universe series stands on its own.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Political intrigue, mystery, and fast-paced action highlight this hard sf novel.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 8/31/2013

    " This was much slower and much less interesting than his other books. I was very disappointed. I missed the interesting characters, the solid story, and the scientific explanation I've come to expect from Sheffield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe T. | 8/9/2013

    " Hard SF...with a little FTL travel thrown in to make the universe smaller. I still enjoy Sheffield though his characters are not deep. Worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scythan | 5/19/2013

    " A great book! It ended with an awful cliffhanger, though, and I don't have the next book of the series. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Scala | 3/16/2013

    " Good, solid hard SF. Enjoyable but not outstanding. We'll see what the second book brings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 2/18/2013

    " More in the area of 3.5-3.75 stars but I like it enough to read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Corbet | 11/23/2012

    " Never disappointed in a Sheffield Novel. Good character development. Moving plot with just enough intrigue to pull you along. And a climax that is unexpected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes | 10/10/2012

    " Mysterious powerful race once built huge artifacts that span whole solar systems. Yawn! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gendou | 2/10/2012

    " A wonderful example of hard science fiction. Fascinating galactic artifacts left by long vanished builders. Humans and convincing aliens working side by side. I look forward to reading more Sheffield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scythan | 6/10/2011

    " A great book! It ended with an awful cliffhanger, though, and I don't have the next book of the series. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/22/2010

    " Never disappointed in a Sheffield Novel. Good character development. Moving plot with just enough intrigue to pull you along. And a climax that is unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gendou | 12/31/2009

    " A wonderful example of hard science fiction. Fascinating galactic artifacts left by long vanished builders. Humans and convincing aliens working side by side. I look forward to reading more Sheffield. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Sheffield

Charles Sheffield (1935–2002) was a mathematician, physicist, and author of both nonfiction and science fiction. For his novel Brother to Dragons, he won the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He won the Nebula Award in 1993 and the Hugo Award in 1994 for his novelette Georgia on My Mind. He was a president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronautical Society. He served as chief scientist of Earth Satellite Corporation, a company that processed remote sensing satellite data. He was a distinguished lecturer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a board member of the National Space Society. Born and educated in England, he held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.