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A Forest of Stars


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Kevin J. Anderson has over 15 million books in print in 27 languages worldwide. He is the author of the X-FILES novels GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award.


This second installment in Anderson's "Seven Suns" series weaves interstellar politics, action, and even a bit of romance to excellent effect, though the audio format ensures that certain points (like ecology) are hammered to death. It's an epic space soap opera (e.g., long story arcs that frequently feel unconnected), centering on humans short on fuel and at war with poorly understood (and extremely hostile) aliens called hydrogues. We also find rebellion of some of the human colonies, the discovery of the Verdani species (who may aid the human war effort), and homicidal robots once thought to be helpful. As usual, narrator George Guidall is spot-on in portraying these well-drawn and wildly variant characters. This vivid and entertaining program is recommended for public libraries where the first in the series has been popular.-Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Bestseller Anderson turns up the heat in his second Saga of the Seven Suns installment (after 2002's Hidden Empire), proving he has firepower to burn. He weaves action, romance and science with a rousing plot reflecting the classic SF of Clarke and Herbert and the glossy cinematic influence of Lucas and Spielberg. Five years after the events in Hidden Empire, hydrogues, gas giant aliens, continue to plague the Terran Hanseatic League in retaliation for the Hansa's "accidental" destruction of a hydrogue planet. This time they're also eager to destroy their ancient enemy, the Verdani, an interconnected, semi-sentient worldforest far more dangerous to the quicksilver aliens than mere humans ("The roots of a tree can shatter mountains, given time"). EDF (Earth Defense Forces) have hidden enemies in the Klikiss robots, whose resolve to reprogram "compies" (short for "Competent Computerized Companions") into human-killing robots is just as alarming as covert alien experiments on humans. Anderson's well-drawn cast includes spy Davin Lotze, an exosociologist who discovers a new method of space travel; earthy space-trader Rlinda Kett; King Peter, a reluctant "puppet" who challenges power-mad Basil Wenceslas; and DD, the terrified friendly compy kidnapped by a ruthless Klikiss robot. Sparked with surprises, enriched by ecological issues that laypersons can appreciate, this saga soars as it exposes the inner and external roots of war. (July 17) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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