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  • By Lawrence
    Oct 28, 2017
    The first novel length story in this volume is “Descent into Europa”. This fourth novel length story begins the active search by the Starmen (Zip Foster, Joe Taylor, and Mark Seaton), to find any remaining traces of an ancient alien race that may still have a presence in the solar system. They hope this race will help them defend humanity against alien foes, who were described in the third novel in this series. The place they choose to look is in the immense ocean that lies under the thick sheet of ice that covers Europa, one of the planet sized moons of Jupiter. The story of their preparations for this search, and the search itself are nicely done, and comes across as plausible, even if not necessarily something that will turn out to be feasible in exploring this actual and fascinating moon of Jupiter. This story of the search for “the Benefactors”, is made more suspenseful by the machinations of some human allies of their alien foes. It is the courage and resourcefulness of the... More > Starmen and their allies that gives them a chance to survive some deadly circumstances they find themselves in. In my review of the first book in this series, “Mutiny on Mars”, I mentioned a concern about characters doing “info dumps”, and that the secondary characters were somewhat two dimensional. However, as the series has progressed the info dumps are fewer and better incorporated into the flow of the story. As to the characters of the Starmen themselves, and that of some other important people in the story, they have become well defined, and engaging “people” who I found myself rooting for (or against) as the story went on. Also, in my review of the first book in the series I mentioned that most people are honest, kind, and do not engage in illicit activities, with absolutely no hint of sexual content. This is still true, explainable by a massive change in society that is part of the historical background of the series, and personally refreshing to me. My previous concern being distracted by the constant “niceness” of most characters is mitigated by the presence of some all too believably evil or weak characters in this story. Overall, while this book is not my favorite book of the series (that is a tie between “The Runaway Asteroid” and “The Treasures of Darkness”), it is both well done, and advances the storyline nicely! To read the rest of my review for this volume see:< Less
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December 14, 2016
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.86 lbs.
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