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Cauldron af Jack McDevitt
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Cauldron (udgave 2008)

af Jack McDevitt (Forfatter)

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The year is 2255. The academy that trained the starfarers is long gone and veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins spends her retirement supporting fund-raising efforts for The Prometheus Foundation, a privately funded organization devoted to deep space exploration. But when a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, Hutch finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.… (mere)
Medlem:Vanderis
Titel:Cauldron
Forfattere:Jack McDevitt (Forfatter)
Info:Ace (2008), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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One of the better books of the series. Ties up loose ends. Questions the fate of civilizations. Has multiple characters and explores their motivations. I did not care about the last point.

The story is told from shifting points of view of the various characters. I could have done without that aspect also, but I guess it breaks things up and lends variety to the telling while at the same time gives insight to the characters. It also allows the author to shift the point of view in some situations to heighten the suspense. If he was locked into one point of view the reader would end up knowing what was going on to that individual character at all times and there would be no suspense about the outcome. Given the shifting point of view, the reader is sometimes left guessing. ( )
  mgplavin | Oct 3, 2021 |
A solid conclusion (for now) to the Academy series.

Following from Omega, the Academy is basically dead (lack of funding / interest) and humanity is withdrawing from the stars. Then there's a breakthrough in new FTL drive technology orders of magnitude faster than the previous incarnations. Hutch returns as one of the two pilots sent out on a high speed mission to the origin of the Chindi, a world SETI received a transmission came from, a black hole, and the possible origin of the Omegas (finally).

On the upside: we finally got something in the way of answers for both where the Chindi and the Omegas came from. It's by no means a complete answer, but more than we've had thus far. I'll take it. The addition of the new drive technology promises to really shake things up. I hope this isn't the last book in the series--I want to see where this universe goes, now that you can fly to the galactic core in about four months... (As an aside, space is *huge*).

On a slight downside, some of the stops really felt undeveloped. What could have been an entire book earlier in the series was only a chapter or two. Even so, I think this book had the best flow of the six; I finished it in a day. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I am generally a big McDevitt fan, but I found this title to be a bit slower than most of his other books. Still enjoyable, but not at the top of my list of favorites. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Looking back on the other five books in the Academy series, I have to say I like Cauldron the best. It not only engages us back on Earth with something other than a religious diatribe, it gives us a look at the failing drive to get out into the stars.

Oh, and because there is hope for a brand new stardrive that would get us so much farther and faster out there, a great deal of the story is watching each attempt at the drive fail.

But let's cut to the chase. That's all great character-building stuff and when they finally go out there in much smaller ships to encounter and resolve all the great mysteries wondered at in the other novels, we're treated to real resolutions.

Setup, adventure, revisited mysteries, more death, and big reveals.

You know, like the Omega cloud, the one that seems to eat spacefaring species.

... And a lot of that is quite welcome. The pacing is much better, too.

But I will say this: the very last reveal was something of a major letdown. McDevitt's build-ups are always pretty awesome, but when we finally have an answer to the mystery, I'm kinda underwhelmed.

This is not a Peter Watts novel. *sigh* ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
McDevitt always delivers a solid read but Cauldron is probably my least favorite of the series so far. Despite being the shortest entry it felt slow-moving. It isn't until about halfway through that they actually get out and exploring the galaxy. I realize the author probably didn't want to make the development of the new star drive seem too easy, but maybe it could have been compressed just a little. Once they are on their way they meander and make a few stops before heading for the main objective. As with DeepSix I felt there were instances of characters making unwise choices and then paying for them. I'm sure if I had found a habitable planet I might want to drop down and take a firsthand look, but as a reader...you know that something bad is going to happen, and none of these people are trained for this sort of thing. They're basically civilians.

In the final part we get the big payoff we've waited the whole series for. I won't give anything away, but I will say that it is a satisfying revelation, and for me it is what raises the book up to a three-star rating. ( )
  chaosfox | May 1, 2020 |
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The year is 2255. The academy that trained the starfarers is long gone and veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins spends her retirement supporting fund-raising efforts for The Prometheus Foundation, a privately funded organization devoted to deep space exploration. But when a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, Hutch finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

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