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In the Mote the humans find an ancient civilization--at least one million years old--that has always been bottled up in their cloistered solar system for lack of a star drive. The Moties are welcoming and kind, yet rather evasive about certain aspects of their society. It seems the Moties have a dark problem, one they've been unable to solve in over a million years.
This is the first collaboration between Niven and Pournelle, two masters of hard science fiction, and it combines Pournelle's interest in the military and sociology with Niven's talent for creating interesting, believable aliens. The novel meticulously examines every aspect of First Contact, from the Moties' biology, society, and art, to the effects of the meeting on humanity's economics, politics, and religions. And all the while suspense builds as we watch the humans struggle toward the truth. --Brooks Peck
The story is well written, the characters are interesting, and there are very few boring lulls in the story.
That said however, the characterization is pretty flat with the human characters in particular being rather one dimensional and predictable.
This book, as well as the rest of the series, I consider to be the best of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle efforts.
Niven and Pournelle can write compelling narrative and this book is fun to read. That said, the characters, especially the one female (Star Wars, anyone? Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Hurricane
First I read the Hungarian translation by the late Békési József, the the whole series in original. Enjoyed the whole. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Endre Bálint-Nagy
A very good and easy read. There should be a follow on book. The story ended well and the author left room for a sequel.Published 6 days ago by Alford Duncan
Text when you're free for lunch tomorrow morning to be in town of your friends to beat one that was my. HPublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a very good read with believable characters and settings. It is a reread for me. I read this series as a young man and thought it would be nice to revisit. I am glad I did.Published 16 days ago by James H Sherman