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Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
Book two of this duology is an excellent addition to a series about interplanetary space exploration and settlement. The worldbuilding is first rate, maps included. Returning characters develop and mature, and shifting viewpoints add depth. Readers can enjoy this story on its own, but they'll miss a lot of background by not starting with Coyote Horizon.
Following the political meltdown of the western hemisphere union, Americans, Europeans and Asians flee Earth for the 47 Ursae Majoris system. Captain Sergio Vargas takes 34 refugees to the new world, Coyote, but as they're about to cross the gateway, Starbridge Earth, there's a malfunction on the other side of the interface. An inbound vessel, the Robert E. Lee, explodes, and all communication is lost, except for a transmission coming from a lifeboat. Vargas undertakes a rescue mission, but only one man is aboard -- a young man in a monk's robe who claims to be God. (ACE, Mar., 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski
Published: March 2010