- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Borgo Press; Wildside Press ed. edition (February 26, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587154870
- ISBN-13: 978-1587154874
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,753,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manhattan Transfer Paperback – February 26, 2002
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Recently, I decided to try finding M.T. on Amazon. THERE IT WAS!!!!
It was a treat to finally read such an interesting and original story. Yes, it would make a GREAT movie!
The story is action packed right from the start. I enjoyed the characters and explorations into alien cities.
I agree that the "Goo" digging went on for way too long. Also, some technical explainations required a bit of skimming. The submissive alien commander seemed a bit too much, but hey, it's all FICTION!
Overall, I recommend M.T. for an exciting read!!!
The story centers on former military man Matt Sheehey, who leads a group of engineers and scientists working to figure out the problem. They make contact with several of the other "bubble cities" and their unusual inhabitants, many of whom they cannot communicate with. The fear is that they might be part of an intergalactic zoo exhibit or worse, the sole survivors of planets due for destruction.
The action unfolds a little too leisurely at times, especially when Stith shifts back and forth between what is happening with Sheehan and his investigative team and what is going on back in Manhattan. It is the former scenes that left me on the edge of my seat.
Another intriguing aspect is the encounters between earthlings and others and how they must learn to communicate. At times Stith's technical descriptions are convoluted, which tempts the reader to skim over some of the narrative. For once, we find an alien race that breaks the stereotypical mode of earth invaders who are lecturing do-gooders and who are given an atypical appearance compared to what is found in most sci-fi fare.
However, the conclusion serves up a smooth twist that I never saw coming and is not some logic-defying ending pulled out of thin air. It is a well thought out piece of cloth that may not provide full closure, but leaves the reader satisfied. While I haven't read any of Stith's other works, and this won't make me rush out and by them, Manhattan Transfer is a likeable enough story and earns three-and-a-half out of five stars.