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This was a book that I had high hopes of, as the author is well known and having read some of his other books e.g. The Mars Trilogy, I thought I would be in for a good read. I’m sorry to say that having read the book. I came away with the feeling that I had just read two separate books that had somehow got split into two and joined together to make this book. The reason for saying this is that the first part of the book is full of very good ideas and some very strong character development and is a real page-turner. But the second half of the book seems to run out an idea in which direction to go and what to do with the characters introduced in the first part and it all become a bit of a slog. Which is a real pity as the first part of the book has lots of ideas that could have been well used in the second part to make a truly good read. Perhaps the author had a deadline that he had to meet or a word count he had to get under. All I can say about this book in summing up is it’s not his best but every author is allowed an off day but a book to read if you have nothing else to hand.
At the north pole of the planet Pluto there stands an icehenge created out of slabs towering 200 feet above the crater-pocked surface. The first mission to Pluto must ask themselves, is it an alien message? Or could it mark a human mystery left by a crew who might have passed decades ago?