Sunday, 27 October 2019

Endeavour by Ralph Kern

Endeavour (A Sleeping Gods Novel)Endeavour by Ralph Kern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Endeavour by Ralph Kern really was a novel that had me with the cover and the blurb, it spoke of adventure and mystery along the lines of the great Arthur C. Clark or Frederik Pohl so I bought myself a copy and dived straight in. It was pretty much everything I wanted, the storyline spans hundreds of years thanks to the technology used but starts not a million minutes from where we are now and the characters never fail to be human as we would expect them to be. The mix and growth of technologies was fascinating and seemed highly appropriate for the narrative and the culture shock experienced by the crew of the Endeavour allowed for some mesmerising story telling. That said I lost a little interest as the story moved into its final plot stage, strangely enough the emergence of events from Earth's past and the consequences jarred me out of the wonder of the cosmos but the novel finished strong so I've got to recommend it for someone looking for a more intellectual themed story which retains the courage and bravery of humanity at its best.

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