Overall an enjoyable, but not riveting, book that does not require prior knowledge of its universe. In fact, the titular Hex tends to dominate the story to the point that the actual characters and plot take a back seat to the setting, though there are observations on the nature of mother-son relationships which are quite well drawn. What makes the series interesting for me is that most of the stories are a combination of short stories that, put together, provide a larger story a I mainly bought this book because I am a great fan of Allen Steele's Coyote series. Steele, is the sixth book in his Coyote series, taking place a number of years after the original novel. I'll miss the Coyote series.
But when the Federation's recon mission goes terribly wrong, the humans realize how little they know about their new partners. The bad parts, to me at least, were the somewhat stereotyped characterizations Steele came up with for some of the primary characters. For further conflict once they get to the system them find on planet but a massive sphere orbiting the system. But just because science fiction has an occasional tendency to use complex language doesn't mean that it's impossible to understand—especially when you have the following glossary at the ready the next. Also some of the backstory seemed. I found one character in particular to be an unbearable jerk, though. There is conflict; between the starship captain mother and her explorer team son and between the humans and aliens.
I mainly bought this book because I am a great fan of Allen Steele's Coyote series. Theres a whole galaxy out there waiting to be documented. I cant wait for the sequel to this. I found his world building in this one to be above and beyond any of his other works, but I found the character choices lacking believability. Unprofessional, petty, -come on, getting mad and putting on an attitude with creatures god like enough to create Hex? Also some of the backstory seemed.
The new Coyote Federation is now a member of an intergalactic alliance, the Talus. Coyote sends a ship to check it out. His latest entry is , and takes place mostly away from Coyote entirely. The story was just as strong as all the other novels I've ready by Allen Steele. Allen Steele is a lifelong space buff, and this interest has not only influenced his writing, it has taken him to some interesting places. I will continue to read.
This really is a very rewarding conclusion one can have for the story of the universe. What they discover is what many know as a Dyson Sphere, an artificial shell that has been built around a sun. He made a mistake though, and gave volume in miles instead of cubic miles. Little did anyone know, Nathan was putting into motion his true legacy - to save humanity. Actually it looks like there's a lot of characters. All of the characters were either candidates for Darwin awards or paper-thin. Team explores enormous, unknown alien artefact, has mishaps, adventure ensues.
I met Allen at an Orlando con some years back and that is what started me reading him. The Liked the kindle sample and the Scalzi 'Big Idea' article about the Dyson sphere. The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story and Hex, was the drawback of the story. Humanity has been opened up to the stars via a network of gates and tentative connections with other races. Every time I read a section where he's being an insufferable little brat, I'd get an urge to shake him a little. This was pretty much just adventure and introducing readers to a new, mysterious setting where I hope a lot more stories will take place.
We could have avoided this whole mess. Hex is the name they give the sphere because it consists of millions--if not trillions--of these hexagons. Then one of the alien races, the mysterious danui, announce that they have a planet available for humans to colonize. The book is a continuation of the Coyote novels and is the 8th in the series. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. .
However, Steele managed to correct that slowly throughout the novel, referencing plot points from his prior novels as filler between action or discovery sequences. That is neither good nor bad. It is certainly an excellent addition to the Coyote universe. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright was a seminal science fiction author of the twentieth century. For me I did not feel much connection to the Coyote series.