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Evergence 01 Prodigal Sun Mass Market Paperback – Mar 7 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM) (March 7 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441006728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441006724
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,394,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Cusolito on Jan. 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Commander Morgan Roche is an intelligence agent for the Commonwealth of Empires (COE), on a mission to escort a powerful artificial intelligence back to Intelligence headquarters. She meets up with a mysterious man named Adoni Cane who has no memory of his past, who is found later to be a genetically-enhanced super-soldier. The ship she is travelling on is ambushed and destroyed by the Dato Bloc, a government that has broken away from the COE. With the help of the AI known as "The Box", and the warrior Adoni Cane, she escapes the destruction of the ship and crash-lands on the prison planet Sciacca's World. From there, the rest of the book chronicles her mission to escape the planet and return the AI to COE Intelligence HQ, while constantly on the run from Dato Bloc forces, who are in league with the corrupt COE officials on the planet.
If I could give this book a 3.5 star rating, I would. It's good but not great, and as another reviewer said, it doesn't have a lot of original ideas. If you like a space opera type of story with a good deal of action, you'll like this book. My problems with it were the cliches of the "all-powerful AI" and the "mysterious warrior". In every dangerous situation that Commander Roche faces, it's either Adoni Cane or The Box that pulls her out of it, through some kind of trick or previously unknown ability. After a while, it starts to read like an episode of one of the newer Star Trek shows, where the characters are put in seemingly impossible situations, but are really not in very much danger at all, because it becomes obvious that either Cane or The Box will always come through and save her.
The ending of the book, especially for the first in a trilogy, was a little too much of a "happy ending" for me.
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By J-Blue on March 13 2002
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I too, was instantly hooked on this series. The story moves at a great pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There were many nights I lost hours of sleep because I could not possibly put the story down. The characters are very complex and believable personalities set in a fantastic universe. The depth of the various factions that play with and against each other is vast. The setting that Dix and Williams have created is so rich that even upon completing the trilogy, I am left wanting to know more about their universe and those within it. The characters are vivid and easy to love. The science of their world is distributed evenly throughout the story so that you understand the mechanics without it getting in the way of the story. The action is non-stop and addictive and the plot takes turns that you simply don't see coming and yet leaves you feeling as if you should have, right up to the ending. I personally loved this series including the ending and placed it among my all time favorites. I hope to see many more from these very talented writers. I think everyone should email the Sci-Fi channel and ask to see this in a sci-fi channel series!
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What this is: Space Opera from the late 1990s similar to: Simon Green's "Deathstalker" series (but not nearly as violent or as "cheesy"), Iain Banks "Culture" novels (but not nearly as meanspirited). They have "borrowed" some ideas by Vernor Vinge and some others from Heinline (reaching way back to the late 50s there).
It is an enjoyable mix and I had no trouble blazing through the book. However, it doesn't really have an original idea. The AI here is simply too powerful (I'm a Vinge fan and to me, really powerful AIs are scary). And, just about everyone we meet is too "nice". Even the nasty types that we meet at the end of the book are just doing their job, and they aren't that nasty either.
I will grant that the authors have done a good job of "universe" creation. Nothing that grabs you while you say "wow!" but still, not bad at all.
There are better books out there (especially "A Fire Upon the Deep") but there are also a large number of worse books. I'm certainly willing to try out book 2.
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Straight off - the first book of this series reminded me an awful lot of a revamped version of Blakes 7, a classic british science fiction show. I loved that show, so this review may be a little biased.
Morgan Roche is a strong, competent, highly intelligent 'intelligence' officer for the Commonwealth. She has been ordered to transport a brand spanking new generation of AI to headquarters via a highly circutitious route that should 'throw off anyone chasing'. Needless to say, they catch up anyway. Thrown in with an old, sneaky trader, a young mutilated ESPer, a gentically engineered supwerwarrior from the distant past and a smart talking briefcase, Morgan has to escape from the prison planet she just happened to crashland on, and continue her mission.
That all sounds very pat, and it is the basic framework for the story. But its a lot more interesting thatn that, with a lot of plot twists, and a genuinely interesting universe thats guaranteed to keep your attention. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series, probably a trilogy, and there are some questions raised that will be answered in later books.
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