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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Sheffield Narrator: Geoffrey Howard Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN:
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It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - 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. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers - if they were hiding on Quake, he would find them.

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. Download and start listening now!

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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 an English-born mathematician, physicist, and author of both nonfiction and science fiction. His novels won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Nebula Award, and the Hugo Award.