Don't get me wrong, I've been a fan of Hogan ever since I bought an old, battered paperback of "Inherit the Stars" at a street- market bookstore in 1989. However, "Endgame Enigma" is not "Inherit the Stars." The science in the book is well thought-out, as always, but the plot is far too simplistic, and the spy-story theme just doesn't stand up to the rest of the genre. I will give kudos for the surprise ending, though. To simplify, if you are a fan of both sci-fi and political fiction novels, don't buy the book. However, for fans of sci-fi only, or especially James P. Hogan fans, buy the book as an introduction to the world of political intrigue. Then go pick up some Clancy.