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The Trilisk Ruins (Parker Interstellar Travels Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Michael McCloskey

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven't ever encountered live aliens. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.

Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force.

When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can't pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life's work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.

Biographie de l'auteur

Michael McCloskey is a software engineer in Silicon Valley afflicted with recurring dreams of otherworldly creatures, mysterious alien planets and fantastic adventures.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1196 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 309 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 146639384X
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Squidlord LLC; Édition : 1 (19 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005Q22AI2
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Universe is the Best Character 29 février 2012
Par SLav - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Trilisk Ruins is set in what feels like a fully fleshed out an imagined universe of the relatively distant future. It seems clear to me that the author has spent a great deal of time thinking about and developing the setting for this story, and that setting is compelling. Likewise, I think the author spent quite a lot of his time and effort coming up with a true alien and figuring out how he thinks/is motivated and so the alien "Shiny" is the best written character in the book.

The human characters by contrast, seem almost like afterthoughts. And like afterthoughts, they don't seem to have a fully coherent personality. They simply do things with no real motivation visible. Most of the poorer writing is around the human characters as well and I think this is as a result of the author struggling through their passages since they don't have real personalities to rely on while writing their parts. While Shiny the alien has a complete internal monologue letting us understand what his motivations are, none of the human characters has anything like that and so we are left wondering why they make they choices they do 90% of the time. It is ironic that we have a more complete look into the mind of the alien than we do into the human minds we are most prone to understand. It also leads the human reactions to seem flat. When we are told that humanity has never found an extant alien civilization, it sets us up for a universe shattering moment when our protagonists actually meet an alien. Instead, that moment is swept under the rug and just a few "I can't believe we are with an alien" comments are made, but the fact of the alien is largely accepted within moments of first contact.

That being said, the story being told is interesting and I do want to see where it goes. However, I have a serious desire for the author to revisit this story in the future, with an editor firmly in tow and a greater idea of who the main characters are and rewrite it. I think it could be truly a great book with some editing and more of an idea about the two characters we spend the most time with.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Sci-Fi Story 6 novembre 2011
Par Antony Chow - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have never read this author's work, and I am amazed at the clarity of his vision of a future world where people's brains are interconnected through cyberspace. People in this world can send private instant messages to one another mentally, and download information. They also have to worry about viruses.

The main protagonist is a quasi-space navy brat looking to have a life of her own away from the shadow of her famous space captain father. And her act of rebellion leads her to join a private, civilian venture to find alien artifacts on a distant world, and eventually sell them on the black market to wealthy collectors.

The venture proves to be a life altering experience, and the mission takes a rather interesting turn when they encounter another alien species. The author shows fertile imagination in creating this different life form, with very unique physiology. With great difficulty and persistence, the species learn to communicate and work with one another to resolve their predicament in the Trilisk Ruins.

The Trilisk Ruins is a fantastic read for sci-fi lovers.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Story of the Complex Future 29 octobre 2011
Par BINGO! - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Xenoartifacts would be fascinating enough without a government and its powerful space force conspiring to keep these items from the general population.
There are arguments for keeping artifacts of alien technology safe from people who might be harmed by what they don't understand, but probably the greatest motivation would be vast sums of money for uncovering new technologies.
Of course, the large corporations want to maintain their control over this process so they're counting on a system that works in their favor.
Naturally this system has developed into a police-state for the United Nations.
This story concentrates on a rogue private exploration to uncover Trilisk devices from a long-dead civilization and smuggle them to black market buyers. The Earth is one where virtual reality is taken for granted and cybernetic implants enable people to interact directly with computers that are part of almost everything and everywhere. While this is not a new concept the novel explores some of the implications of this increased capacity to interact with the world making it a very interesting read. Some of the drawbacks to connected living are also illustrated, such as the ability to eavesdrop on others, having a constant record of your experiences subject to review by authorities, and the government's ruthless conduct to prevent cheating that in turn creates back-channels of communication and commerce.
One thing that I kept wondering in this story was how could this all happen with such compliant uniformity when humans have presumably spread to many star-systems and planets. At the level of this story there are only hints of insurrection, but in reality I would think that humans would develop their own responses to harsh rules like this quickly, and simply refuse to cooperate with repressive forces.
The outlaw artifact smugglers find a site on a newly-discovered planet that offers surprises and danger for their efforts. It becomes a bit confusing for the reader (as it would be for one of the group being trapped in the alien site.) There is an alien being who becomes important, helping the humans as much as they help the alien. This cooperative effort to survive in a hostile environment is probably the best feature of the story, along with the facinating world of cyber-connectivity.
Neither of these is really developed in much detail as that would require a much larger book. Instead, we are left with tantalizing visions of a complex future.
11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic story teller 4 janvier 2012
Par NMGardner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
McCloskey's ability to describe an environment from an alien perspective made for a great story line. Imagine a culture that communicates with entirely different senses and a really alien value set. Includes good high-tech sci fi. Overall it was a great read. Looking for more.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable, but could use some work 3 mai 2012
Par E. McKee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I loved the universe, but the author fell into the novice trap of describing rather than doing. Too much narrative text. Characters need more development, they lacked that internal logic that makes them real, believable people. Nevertheless, I plan to buy the sequel when it comes out just because I really want to know what happens next!
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