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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Nobody knows why a great many sci-fi readers seem to nourish in primis a sort of mistrust in scientists who like to venture upon writing fiction. And yet, practically with infallible regularity, the reading public has then determined the huge success of such novelists - someway acting like go-betweens of the scientific and the literary spheres - from Carl Sagan to Isaac Asimov. That is not to say that I have undertaken to read this book by David Lee Summers with a shade of suspicion! Not at all, I have rather been spurred by much of a curiosity to see how an eclectic bloke like Dave - astronomer, teacher, editor and writer - would be able to convey his perception of the world we live in by means of a futuristic novel. In fact I believe - beyond creativity, originality and scriptory skill - that the sci-fi genre, even though evidently overworked, remains the most fascinating one. This because it often communicates, by implication, the author's personal convictions and perspectives about the ultimate meaning of the universe, as well as their attitude toward the great questions of life ... whence and why we are, which role we play in the cosmic scheme ... Well, David Lee Summers has not disappointed my own expectations, 'Children Of The Old Stars' has proved an engaging story from the prologue to the epilogue, rich with intelligent concepts and unusual narrative tricks, showing an original overall structure though proceeding in the groove of the twentieth century's great sci-fi novel's tradition. Definitely, a doubtless winning story, excellently written, without a drop in rhythm thanks to a wise alternation of the various frames concurring to shape the mystery of the Cluster. The whole tale centres in the sudden appearance in our galaxy of such unfathomable entity, while enigmatic events follow one another unceasingly not too far in the future. And in the middle of thousands of inhabited worlds, of the innumerable ultra-advanced species that populate the Milky Way, of amazing but credible achievements of transracial technology and of the disquieting aftermaths of an unknown presence, little by little - but prepotently in the end - once more emerges the centrality of man, in the figure of Captain John Mark Ellis. A simple human - perfect sample of his breed, in which defects seem to prevail over virtues - again turns out to be the keystone to solve the mystery. Much surprisingly, the book closes right when Captain Ellis's mission is just entering its crucial phase ... also about this David Lee Summers has revealed himself to be a master. From where he now can enjoy a full and unlimitedly aware view on everything, Arthur C. Clarke is surely winking at the author of this story in sympathy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an intriguing, well-paced tale with strong and tormented characters that will keep you on edge as they look for personal closure against a fantastic backdrop of a mystery called the Cluster, an ancient life form that kills without apparent discretion and yet offers to some hope for salvation. Seeking answers, the people of an interestingly conceived dystopian Earth, and the hero of a well-crafted alien world, will depend on the small, undisciplined crew of an interstellar research vessel under the command of John Mark Ellis---a rough-cut Navy captain with a score to settle---to venture into the void and risk not only their lives, but also failure to discover a threat that no one suspects. David Summers's scientific experience adds scope to the story, with beautiful descriptions of cosmic phenomena and alternate dimensions. That and a healthy dose of the human condition in all its glory and mayhem make for a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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This was a good follow up to the first book and introduced new characters well while developing the previous ones as they aged. If you enjoyed Book 1, this is worth following up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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This second book starts off where the first one ended, duh. But it takes place off of the planet and focuses on the Clusters.

There are fewer characters in this book, as compared to book 1, and this is good as the story is more focused upon discovering the mysteries behind the Cluster and the Titans. Yes, there is some religious undertones in this book, but it truly enhanced the storyline.

As this is a series, the ending leaves you wanting for more. The author divulges some info, like the Titans, and keeps you guessing most of the way thru the book.

I will be downloading the next in this series
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on December 27, 2012
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I had some problems with this one. The story line was pretty good, but there was a lot of "hand wringing" from any number of the characters. Frankly, I thought that such strong characters wouldn't have done that so much. The imagination of the author was very good. I especially liked the part about the whales. Richard is kind of an odd name for a whale, but I guess that is ok too. All in all it was a pretty good read, as I said, just a bit repatitious with the hand wringing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2015
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GOOD READ
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
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The story line was good but it did not move fast enough.
I was all ways waiting for it to pick up the action.
Couldn't recommend.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Where to start!

Characters are weak, the main guy the writer wants us to believe has the blood of a old whaling captain; this guy couldn't serve one day as cabin boy! Our great warrior who is supposed to be a ninja spiritual person is no more than a boy scout! The rest I don't know who they are modeled after!

Our great intelligent god like beings don't seems to have the technology or physic powers to investigate a space ship or planet without cutting it open and killing the occupants!

They suck seriously at communication, you might say they are deaf, dumb and stupid! We are lead to believe even though they are thousands, yes thousands of years more advanced than us that it is the same as we trying to communicate with whales.

Huge gaps in time, we see a ship, a blue beams cuts it open and it disappears. No one escapes in the life pods, no one fires on it, no one tries to communicate with it, except our so call hero for some unknown reason can and the ship never tries to get away, it just stands there and gets cut open!

They are not even smart enough to send out probes, no we have to slice and dice!

Than we are told they are looking for something, well if they just capture one crew member alive and questioned one person and showed them a picture of what they are looking for they would find out what they are searching for! Super intelligent they are not! If they would only look into the mind of our hero they would know the answer.

We don't know much at the beginning of the book and know even less at the end but the writer wants us to buy his next book and find out what! Beats me!

Oh! It was alright that his father got sliced and diced by them because it was in the course of scientific research by them, because to them we are whales. Like I said they aren't very smart when it comes to identifying intelligent life, you would think if you ran across a space ship that can star jump that it might contain intelligent beings!

In almost every chapter we have to stop and take a smoke!

As for me, I want my money back!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
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Children of the Old Stars You don't know any more than you did at the start of the book as you know at the end except the writer wants you to read the next book in his so called series!

It is just full of holes and weak characters.

You are better off reading the comic page in the newspaper!

There are huge gaps in time and unexplained events.

To much is spend writing about the character's smoking habit, while he was writing the book he must have been thinking about satisfyingly the writers own smoking habit.

Sorry but it was a waste of my time!
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