The Siege of Eternity (Eschaton Sequence, #2)
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The Siege of Eternity (Eschaton Sequence #2)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The aliens aren't coming. They're here.

We've captured some of them. Are they our saviors, or are they out to destroy us? We've seen no spaceships, received no ultimatums--but the aliens may have a more insidious plot....

Government agent Dan Dannerman and astronomer Patrice Adcock were kidnapped by the aliens and have been returned in altered states, cloned and implanted wi...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1997)
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Very slow. About 320 pages of not much happening for 30 pages of payoff. Definitely no Gateway.
This book has little to recommend it over the first book in the series. On the one hand, more actually happens and the few interesting ideas present in the first book get developed a bit. On the other hand, the author's prose devolves into strangely detailed obsessions regarding the characters' sex drives. I'm torn between thinking that Pohl is just a highschool fanfic writer and suspecting that he has some other agenda.

Either way, the answer was not revealed in this book. Maybe there'll be som...more
Tammy Terrace
This gets two stars just because I rate every book that I read and I reserve one star ratings for books that are so uninteresting or poorly written that I don't even finish them. This book has a lot of dry pages where it takes a long while for things to get serious but over six weeks I kept returning to the book and eventually finished it. Gives a detailed portrayal of how government red tape halts and hinders just about anything new or different but other books demonstrate the same and do it wi...more
Titus Fortner
Mar 03, 2013 Titus Fortner marked it as abandoned
I was listening to you on audio book. Somehow the software skipped a track early on. I was thoroughly confused for a solid 20 minutes before I figured this out. When contemplating going to the previous chapter I made the profound realization that I didn't actually care. I'll still read Gateway from his older Heechee series (since it won a Hugo), but consider the Eschaton series abandoned...
Ralph McEwen
I started this series here and I don’t feel I missed a whole lot from book one. I feel involved enough to get book three from either a library or a used book store . It has an rather involved plot and the characters are reasonable out side of the aliens, but that what aliens are supposed to be alien.
Picks up right where the previous book left off back on Earth with the characters having to deal with multiple copies of themselves and with the world having to deal with the aliens who came back with them. There is also a great deal of political and economic background that the author explores.
Doug Roberts
Yup. Regretted moving on to the 2nd book in the series almost immediately. Pohl's chatty, informal style just doesn't work for me, and the entire concept of the Eschaton is so stupid it continually overcomes my suspension of disbelief.
Scott Kennedy
It took me three tries to make it through this book, and it wasn't worth it. The middle book of an otherwise fun trilogy (Pohl's Estachon Series), you can literally skip reading this book and hardly miss a thing.
Wretchedly filled with politics. Painfully repetitious re-hashing of events from the previous book, and even from previous chapters.
Jack Hope III
It suffers from "second book in a trilogy" syndrome. I may raise the rating depending on my opinion of book three.
NOTHING happens. 75% (or more) should be removed!
Tedious and plodding.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor & fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited "Galaxy" magazine and its sister magazine "IF", winning the Hugo for "IF" three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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