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Length: 353 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"BUY THIS BOOK, if you're a hard SF fan who nevertheless demands a character-driven tale. The old masters, writers like Heinlein and Clark and Anderson, never did it better."
 

--Nina M. Osier , author of Regs and Mistworld

Product Details

  • File Size: 1297 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4GPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

David Sakmyster is an award-winning author who has nine novels published, including a series about psychic archaeologists (described as "Indiana Jones meets The X-Files") starting with the book THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE. He also has an epic historical adventure, SILVER AND GOLD, the suspense novels CRESCENT LAKE, BLINDSPOTS and N.D.E, and a forthcoming story collection, ESCAPE PLANS. His screenplay, Nightwatchers, has been optioned for production. Visit him at www.sakmyster.com.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daz Pulsford on August 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A heady mix of Astronomy, Mythology, inter-planetary unrest and ominous portents combine to create a dazzling read in Second Coming.

Set in a system where the Kelosans arrogantly lord it over their Ansonian counterparts, a series of long-planned events tip the bristling détente into war. Set against this, a ragtag group of scientists, a thief, a psychic and, eventually, a priestess and a leading politician, must battle prejudice, conspiracy, paranoia and the impending return of the mysterious Sonimon to unravel the ancient secrets about the shared heritage of Kelosa and Ansonia, and decipher the codes that will help them stop their certain destruction at the hands of far superior enemies that have slumbered for half a millennium, biding their time.

With a great, mixed cast of characters, some brilliant technology that doesn't overshadow the very human conflicts at play, and a clever use of Astronomy and Mythology to combine the supernatural fears and very real dangers of their Solar System, Second Coming is a ripping read that will have you tearing through the pages in search of the answers to every new challenge the group find themselves up against.

A couple of very thoughtful twists keep the story fresh near the end - just when you think you know how it will end - and a few noble sacrifices serve to highlight the desperation of the struggles they face from the Ancestors and their twisted vision.
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By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2012
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This is a good holiday read, when you don't need to think and can lose yourself in a book just not one that would make you think. It does have quite a few very contrived narrow escapes.
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By Carol Anthony on January 6, 2013
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Hard to read...very confusing and a little boring and I never finished it, also names hard to pronounce... just stopped reading could not keep my attention.
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By Arjaydee on November 21, 2014
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My advice is to have patience. The very beginning is a bit confusing as the world building develops. It more than pays off. I did not want it to end.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ohio mom on April 1, 2013
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The title of this book was misleading to me and the story line was NOT what I was expecting. I am/was sorely disappointed with this story. So much so that I only read the first chapter and disgarding the rest. Wish I could return it now...
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