Michael Cook is one damn good story-teller! – Black Earth will grab you at the get-go…but lots of books do that. What’s different about this one, is that it will reward you with a hundred little (and not so little) “wow” along the way. It’s not a roller coaster of emotion…it’s “damn the torpedo’s, full speed ahead” kinda stuff. I didn’t want to put it down and got to a point in the book where I couldn’t. Science Fiction? Maybe…but not so technical that you need to be Albert Einstein to understand it. Sorta like a hammering drama that just happens to take place on another planet! I don’t think I’ve cheered or cried reading a book ever, but came close as the pages turned to the final chapter. It’s lots of fun and I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying it. Cannot wait to read another story…doesn’t have to be in outer space. Michael was just a great story-teller.
Few books I have read are as captivating as this novel here. Starting with the narration style. Characters are diverse and well detailed; the emotion of the characters is felt throughout the book. The writer makes great diligence of using scientific research to back claims it has made in the story. Making the flow of the book strong and without contradiction. The characters hold values, opinions, and ideas, giving them a uniqueness that plays into the emotional stance of the book. Another note to make is that there seem to be hints of hidden meaning, asking the questions of the origin and existence of man. Much like a utopian or even dystopian novel, it teaches a lesson. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who seeks an adventure in space and is curious in the potential origin of this world.