I bought and read both this book and it's prequel (The Unearthing) within the last ten days and can't wait for book number three. Steve, please don't go all George R.R. Martin on us and make us wait forever, I'm 65 and want to finish reading your series. I said in my review of The Unearthing that I thought it a little slow in some parts. That was not the case with this book; I didn't want to put it down 'til done. The story kept on building right to the end without a dull moment, but I don't want to leave it there; bring on the sequels. I love books with alien life forms (Moties etc.) and this book has several, but I hope to see many more in the sequels and perhaps flesh-out the ETs that that have already been introduced.