March 30, 2012

Enigma by Michael Kube-McDowell

Title:  Enigma
Author:  Michael Kube-McDowell
Format:  PB
Pages:  355
Genre:  Science Fiction
Publisher:  Ace, 1987
ISBN-13:  978-0441206773  
Series:  Trigon Disunity, Book 2

Favorite Quote:  Then, disemboweled and beheaded, the aging Pathfinder finally died.

Synopsis (Back Flap):  Search the stars for planets.  Search the planets for life.

That was Earth's mission, as it made its painful way back from the dark days of chaos at the end of the 20th century.  So simple in concept, so incredible in execution.  One civilization had been found, there must be others.  Whole lifetimes were spent combing the universe for another spark of intelligent response.

Merritt Thackery knew from boyhood that his only dream was to be part of the Unified Space Survey.  He prepared himself with five years of training on an exquisitely boring space tug, and with a specialty in alien linguistics.  When his chance finally came, he was more than ready.  On board the Descartes he could not help but believe that he would see colonies on far worlds and speak to alien beings in their own tongues

His was to be a life of exploration and wonder, in the most exciting years of Earth's history.  But even Thackery's boyhood dreams could not have prepared him for his final mission, beyond the boarders of known space:  to seek out an unknown enemy and win Earth's freedom at last!

Review:  Once again, Mr. Kube-McDowell has created a true Science Fiction classic.  There are so many fine characters and great descriptions in this book, they defy counting.  However, again, I will give too much away of the story if I say much about it.  I can certainly say that I wish the story was true.  I'd love to go and visit the stars.  While I think I enjoyed the first one a tad more, I also think it was only because it was the first, the first really great SciFi I've read in a good, long while.  This book still is a must-read.  

Rating:  10 / 10

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