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Forge of Heaven (The Gene Wars #2)

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From C.J. Cherryh, one of science fiction′s greatest writers and a 3-time Hugo Award "Best Novel" winner, comes the exciting and long-awaited follow-up to Hammerfall, the second novel of the Gene Wars, now in mass market.

In the second volume of "The Gene Wars," C. J. Cherryh further explores the captivating new universe where two interstellar empires, scarred by nanotechno
ebook, 448 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2004)
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Marak deserves to die; Procyon doesn’t.

Only my previous good experiences with Cherryh impelled me through the first half of the book. Boring, repetitive navel gazing by half a dozen characters about whom the reader cares less as they introduce themselves more fully. The story begins about page 200.

And a good story it is, told with plenty of introspection and emotion (How does introspection differ from navel-gazing? The skill of the writer.) Two excellent, believable "worlds" and a complex, engag
Where I found Hammerfall fairly difficult to get into, this is Cherryh on form, moving between the planet below and the station above, the tech and the politics that affect each, and the fragile alliances that people (and aliens!) build in uncertain situations.

If you're not a fan of Cherryh's highly political books, you won't like this one. I love the way she writes complex machinations, so I was thrilled! It does have her standard "character who gets into water way too deep for him and then ha
Hugh Mannfield
Mar 15, 2014 Hugh Mannfield rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political Thriller Fans
Marak’s world is renewing itself after the Ondat Hammerfall, but are the circumstances that led to Hammerfall renewing themselves as well? Determining this is the mission of Concord Station and the watchers who live there. Procyon, a smart young project tap, assigned to the immortal Marak likes his simple life and steady job as a watcher. Little does he know that as the planet below enters a new phase of geological upheaval he is about to become the epicenter of a political upheaval of equal pr ...more
Good story! Didn't follow from the first as I thought but was very enjoyable. Leaves the reader feeling like there is more to come so hopefully after 8 years there will be another installment soon. Now next time I see Ms. Cherryh around town I'll have something to ask!
Rena McGee
Forge of Heaven takes place hundreds of years after the events of Hammerfall, and takes place on a space station above “Marak’s World,” a planet being “remediated” after having been bombarded from space in an effort to destroy extremely dangerous “First Movement” nanotechnology. The political and social situation in the satellite is extremely complicated, a delicate balance of three governments and two species. Our Hero is Jeremy Stafford, who prefers the name Procyon. He has a very secret, very ...more
Forge of Heaven is a sequel to the book Hammerfall, although it could be read without first reading Hammerfall. I found it to be an engaging and enjoyable book. C.J. Cherryh is a skilled storyteller, with vivid characters and a fascinating world. In this case, the characters eclipsed the plot of the book. The plot of the story was rather like life -- murky, complicated, and not fully clear when it's over. I still enjoyed the book, since the journey was so colorful and entertaining. My biggest pr ...more
not a lot of plot it goes along slowly until the end with nothing but dry politics, I was not impressed by it. The Idea of the story has a lot of potential. there is a world that is being watched to see if the inhabitance can recover from a nanite plague. the station on board is run by a tense agreement between three different factions. the earth and inner world, the outsiders, who are all of the humans outside of earths tight circle and then the only alien race known to man. this story could ha ...more
Great! must read the rest.
I loved the characterizations of Procyon, Marak, and the governor and administrator for Concord Station. I liked the political setup and the churning sea of powers eating each other. But the plot proved thinner than I wanted, really, the choices of Procyon and Marak both mattering less to the outcome than I would have liked. I did enjoy the elements of culture and dependence between races and cultures was as sweet as many Cherryh books contain.
I really enjoyed this book. The first book, Hammerfall, was more of a straight-up disaster escape story (something terrible is going to happen and there's only one place where it will be safe). This one was more complex, giving more details about the mysterious Ondat and the warring factions that spawned the original situation on the planet.
Jo Rhett
This sequel to Hammerfall is a mind-numbing, bone-crunching gallop through the lives of the races involved in the newest battle of the Gene Wars. It starts out deceptively slow, but in truth is just positioning the dominos. It's a wild, fast-paced ride.
The first half drags a bit and, for those who've read other Cherryh books, it looks like she's heading down a similar path to the Foreigner series. But I still enjoyed it.
Cheeryh does a good job with political intrigue. This book was heavy with it, making it better than Hammerfall.
Cherryh books are always good but so slow with all the psychology going on.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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