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Mission to Minerva (Giants #5)

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Earth is adapting to a future of amicable coexistence with the advanced aliens from Thurien, descended from ancestors who once inhabited Minerva, a vanished planet of the Solar System. The plans of the distantly related humans on the rogue world Jevlen to eliminate their ancient Terran rivals and take over the Thurien system of worlds have been thwarted, but the mystery re
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Baen (first published 2005)
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Nov 20, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
I have been looking forward to this sequel ever since Baen editor (now publisher) Toni Weiskopf talked about it at a con a few years ago. Sadly, after the first hundred pages I came close to putting it back on the shelf, but I stuck it out and was glad I did, as the book finally got on with the “mission” about half way through.

The story picks up right where the last ‘Giants’ book left off, the Thurians are doing well and all is well with the world, that is until Hunt receives a message from hims
Aug 09, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok
Mission To Minerva is the latest in Hogan's series of Giants books so it probably wasn't the best place to start reading. The whole story of the book revolves around the humans and Gannymeans goal of developing time travel, perhaps to catch the evil Jevlenese who were seen previously in the series to be accidentally banished into the past at a very crucial stage in galactic civilization. Of course there is no time travel yet, so to make it plausible the first two thirds of the book is spent in a ...more
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Jun 13, 2016 Mark Austin rated it really liked it
- Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
- Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
- Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
- Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
- Amazing.
Lisa Liel
Okay, here's the thing. The first three books in the Giants series were fabulous. Brilliant, mind expanding, challenging, and fun. Entoverse was okay, and it was nice to see Vic Hunt and Chris Danchekker back again, but it was kind of anticlimactic. So is this one. I'd love to give it more than just 3 stars, but I can't, really.
David Leemon
May 13, 2015 David Leemon rated it it was ok
The book starts out really slow and you don't seem very much suspense for the first half. It instead reads like James Hogan is describing the world he wishes he lived in. Once the book enters the second half, it becomes a decent hard science fiction novel with a good amount of suspense.
Sean Randall
Jan 23, 2013 Sean Randall rated it liked it
A rather open-ended way to close the series down, I suppose Hogan never quite new when he would be done with it. I enjoyed it though, it answered a few questions from earlier, although without quite capturing some of the initial enjoyment of the series.
Nov 19, 2012 Tymothy rated it liked it
While still not as good as the first two in the series, it did tie up a lot of loose ends and - although the first half of the book was pretty slow - it also provided a lot more Ganymean/Thurien goodness :)
Angela Bull Radoff
Sep 01, 2014 Angela Bull Radoff rated it it was ok
Tedium cubed. I hung in there by skimming as much as I could to finish the story. There are some great ideas buried in this book, but it's often painful to get to them.
Clinton Sheppard
Jul 27, 2012 Clinton Sheppard rated it did not like it
Stopped reading at chapter 6 - it just isn't getting on with the story. I remember the earlier books in the Giants series being much more engaging than this.
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James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.

Hogan was was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and m
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Giants (5 books)
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