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Children of the Old Stars (Book 2 Old Star New Earth ) [Kindle Edition]

David Lee Summers
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Book Description

The Cluster is a vast alien machine that destroys starships indiscriminately in its quest for something or someone. Commander John Mark Ellis, disgraced and booted out of the service when he fails to save a merchant ship, believes the key to stopping the Cluster is communication. His mother, Suki Firebrandt Ellis, is an astronomer who believes the very leaders of the galaxy are withholding information about the Cluster. Clyde McClintlock believes the Cluster is God incarnate, seeking retribution. G'Liat is an alien warrior whose own starship was destroyed by the Cluster. All together, they set out to solve the mystery of the Cluster before it finds the object of its quest.

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About the Author

David Lee Summers is an astronomer who has discovered a variable star and the founding editor of Hadrosaur Tales, a science fiction and fantasy anthology magazine. He is also the editor of Voces: An Altar of Stories, the poetry anthology of the Border Book Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Summers is the author of numerous works ranging from short fiction to newspaper articles to scientific papers. He lives among the chile, corn, and pecans of Southern New Mexico with his wife, daughter and two cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (January 8, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040SXV0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 14, 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Well conceived 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of a series December 15, 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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David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of seven novels. His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Cemetery Dance, Realms of Fantasy, Star*Line, and The Santa Clara Review. David is also the founding editor of Tales of the Talisman Magazine.

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