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Neptune Crossing (The Chaos Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jeffrey A. Carver
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When John Bandicut encounters an alien intelligence on Neptune's moon Triton, his life changes irrevocably. Urged by the alien quarx now sharing his mind, he accepts an audacious mission—to steal a ship and hurtle across the solar system in a desperate bid for Earth's survival. Book 1 of The Chaos Chronicles, by the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End—with a new Afterword by the author.

Appeared in print from Tor Books. DRM-free ebook edition.

One of the best SF novels of the year — Science Fiction Chronicle

"Jeff Carver is a hard sf writer who gets it right—his science and his people are equally convincing. Neptune Crossing combines his strengths, from a chilling look at alien machine intelligence, to cutting-edge chaos theory, to the pangs of finite humans in the face of the infinite. If you like intriguing ideas delivered in an exciting plot, this is your meat." —Gregory Benford

"Masterfully captures the joy of exploration." — Publishers Weekly

"Reveals an alien encounter brushing hard against a soul, and takes us from there to the far reaches of the cosmos, all with the sure touch of a writer who knows his science. Jeff Carver has done it again!" —David Brin

"A complex and believable protagonist—an ordinary man rising to extraordinary circumstances—and an alien presence that is at once convincingly strange and deeply real. I'm really glad to have read this one." —Melissa Scott

"A roaring, cross-the-solar-system adventure of the first water. The kind of stuff that made us all love science fiction." —Jack McDevitt

"One of the very best things Carver has written, a traditional adventure filled with mystery and wonder and featuring a likable and believable protagonist thrust onto a stage for which he is ill prepared." — Science Fiction Chronicle

"High-octane space adventure: mystery, humor, theoretical physics, and one of the more interesting SF aliens you've likely encountered in a long while." —Allen Steele

Biographie de l'auteur

Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of numerous SF novels, including the ongoing Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including the Nebula finalist Eternity's End. While his work is usually called hard SF, his greatest love remains character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 383 pages
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  • Editeur : Starstream Publications / Book View Cafe; Édition : 3 (5 septembre 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00422LGW8
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent 20 février 2014
Par eric
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
bon bouquin, donne envie de lire les suivants, le personnage principal est bien, je vais lire les autres livres de cet auteur
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sooky la la protagonists don't do it for me 12 avril 2013
Par Tghu Verd - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like "Neptune Crossing" but John Bandicut, the main character, is such a listless sad sack that it was all too hard. And the alien quarx that takes up lodging in his mind is not much better. Possibly, if we had any detail of the viewpoints from other characters to pull the focus away from Bandicut and his inexplicable "silence fugue" this might have been all right, but really, "Neptune Crossing" is an unrelenting dirge as Bandicut shows no real nous for heroics, or God save us, even common sense.

The basis for the plot is fine - alien guardian seeks daring human to selflessly save planet Earth from calamity. But Carver's execution is frustrating, and even more so because there is a good story here trying to get out.

Nothing much happens for way too long, and when it does happen you just want to jump into the novel and give Bandicut a good shove to make him actually do something...anything...of his own volition. Instead, Bandicut just gets angry and then depressed and then lurches into lacklustre action at the urging of the quarx (and sometimes that is literally because the quarx takes him over to get things done). And the quarx, a representative of a billion year old race that saves civilisations from disaster, is strangely unable to explain much of anything so Carver doesn't even give us some interesting science to spice things up. Instead, we get platitudes about a chaos theory too complicated for Bandicut to understand but trust us because we'll save the day...even though we're too inept to intervene before it's so late in the day there is a good chance we'll fail. (And the less said about Carver's "strong intuition" of how a mine is run the better.)

Basically, the science is lame, the main two characters limp and the action lethargic.

Which leaves me unsure who to recommend "Neptune Crossing" to. I'd think that those new to sci-fi might enjoy it because the plots/themes will be new as well. But there are better novels to be had and even reading a free Kindle version made me annoyed for the time I wasted completing it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fresh... a page-turner 2 septembre 2003
Par IHiJump - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the second Jeffrey Carver book I've read. The first was Infinity Link with wich I wasn't too impressed... but thought it had potential.
I came across Carver's collection in our local library and picked up Neptune Crossing with the hopes I might have a good series to read. I wasn't disappointed.
The fact is, different people expect different things from a sci fi book. To me, Neptune Crossing never ceased to be interesting. There weren't side stories that bored you... it was "in your face" throughout and I found myself glued to the book. Carver developed a believeable character in John Bandicut and placed him in a position we'd all like to be in... he had to save humanity.
This book is a great read. It gives you a glimpse into our potential future with the computer. I highly recommend it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Jury's Still Out 4 juillet 2001
Par AntiochAndy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As others have said, "Neptune Crossing" seemingly has everything it needs to be a compelling scifi read. An "electrifying scenario" that finds a comet speeding on a collision course with Earth, an alien artifact with accompanying alien, romance, and "a winning combination in Bandicut and the...quarx". Why, then, did I find this book less than compelling? First, I'm not crazy about incorporeal beings that inhabit people's minds. They're OK in fantasies or ghost stories, but this is supposed to be "hard" scifi and there isn't any hard evidence anywhere for the existence of incorporeal beings. Secondly, as somebody else has pointed out, there is a lot here (and not just alien technology) that goes completely unexplained. Finally, though, and most importantly, the story meandered. There just wasn't enough action to keep me turning the page to see what would happen next. Between the first 30 pages and the last 50, not much happens that seems to be of major consequence to the! plot. Even the development of the relationship between John and Julie seems to be a side issue, significant only because it adds to Bandicut's reluctance to do what he obviously must. The mine accident, for example, seems largely irrelevant. Ultimately, this was a slow read. Reading often right before going to bed, I more than once found that I had fallen asleep after reading only a page or two.

Oddly, the action finally did pick up near the end, and the end left things hanging in an interesting place. It left me wanting to know more about the new artifact and where things go from there, as well as whether John will ever get back to Julie. In short, it left me wanting to read the next installment in the series (this book is the first). On its own, this book is, IMHO, just average. You may want to give it a try, however, on the possibility that subsequent books in the series will be better. Stay tuned.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read 22 juillet 2000
Par netkat - Publié sur Amazon.com
I disagree with many of the reviews here. I think this is a great book, because Carver is a good storyteller. The three books in this series (soon to be a fourth) are interesting due to the characters and the universe they inhabit. It reminds me of the Roche World Series (Robert Forward), somewhat Heinleinesqe, and yet it is all his own. I think you will find books two and three in the series are a bit better, but this first novel will get you interested!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book -- Read this and the Sequels 22 janvier 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book combines hard sci-fi with a bit of humor to create an interesting story. Keeps you interested and wanting for more, which is provided in the sequels. Maybe alien "inhabitation" of human minds isn't so bad after all...
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