The Roadmakers left only ruins behind -- but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are found in every Illyrian home. They left behind a legend,too -- a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where even now the secrets of their civilization might still be found.
Chaka's brother was one of those who sought to find Hav...more
For me the book falls into the I don't hate it but don't really care for it category. As I've said about other books (notably many of those by Ph ...more
Civilization has survived; and recovered to a level of about what we had in 1800. Boats; guns; horses; even a few books. No steam engines or other power sources. There are even a few Universities.
A previous expedition east of the Mississippi learned nothing and there was only one survivor. Chaka Milana's brother was one of the fatalities. Now, nine years later, she is planning ano ...more
I really liked the book, but it felt like I had read it before. I know that the ...more
True, “Eternity Road” is not exactly a true science fiction novel. Yes, a story set 1,000 years in the future isn’t what you would call “contemporary” but that’s easy to overlook because this story is so much more than just some predicted fantasy ...more
Power down the hormones, girl!
Okay, so it does move a little slowly at the start, and there is a romance in it that takes a while to develop, but along the way you get some terrific w ...more
Overall, it was ok. I mean, it was a good three stars. Most of Eternity Road's strength lies in world building. Illyria evokes a sort of cross between ancienct Rome/Greece and 18th century Europe. There some interesting conflicts of interest ...more
I love Jack McDevitt’s space opera series such as his Priscilla Hutchins books (about a woman space pilot and her adventures – a comment on the space program) and Infinity Beach (a warp to another planet but on Native American property).
This one is different! Not to belabor the plot since other reviewers did a better job, but the story centers around a dystopian society, about a thousand years after ours bit the dust in “The Plague.” It’s a vague plague (yeah, sor ...more
The story is mainly hinged on the group of chara ...more
Initially, I was a little put off that McDevitt seemed to have cherry-picked several major plot elements from King's third Dark Tower book, 'The Wastelands'; (view spoiler)[crossing a broken down bridge with a partially intact walkway, immediately followed by a high-speed monorail/maglev, controlled by an ancient, semi-omniscient, suicidal, artifically intelligent super-computer ...more
I liked the concept. It was nice for the (near future) us to be the ones with the god like technology for once (perhaps not so nice us being dead through plague!). But it did make you think about what people would make of our technology now (let alone in the future when the plague hits), if there was that break in knowledge transfer.
The story is based around a quest to a place called Haven (Were the last of us went after the ...more
All in all this is a pretty typical adventure story and not in any way groundbreaking, however I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Most of the main characters are written well enough for the reader to get to know and more important ...more
This is a good one.
The world has fallen to ruins from a virus. The date of the epidemic is I would say near future.
300 years later the world is slowly on the mends and much of what we now take as granted is just myth and speculation based on artifacts.
But one story remains. Of a man who after the epidemic went around the world collecting the knowledge of the world. It is out there and this is the story of those who go to find it.
Don't get attached to all of the cha ...more
Alas, Babylon blew me away, maybe because it fictionally blew away most of the cities I've lived in. I knew it was based in Florida, but for a 1959 novel it felt surprisingly modern. I didn't know that Eternity Road begins in post-apocal ...more
So the basics are these...the U ...more
McDevitt weaves a colorful story full of hints of past places and past people and past books (valuable ...more
Stephen King's "The Stand" is a classic masterpiece in this regard. Despite the critics opinion, I enjoyed the film version of "The Postman" though I recognize that the writers/producers took great liberty with David Brin's book.
Logan's Run is another such film, though without the technological loss.
So, when I ...more
The story takes place about 1000 years in future (no one is really sure how much time has passed) after a plague wiped out most of mankind. The surviving humans have been gathering in pockets across the country and trying to restore some sort of civilized government and way of life. Most are equivalent to the pioneer days of our past except for the fact th ...more
Eternity Road is post-post apocalyptic - well after whatever disaster destroyed the technological civilization that was, a new society has been established a ...more
"Eternity Road" follows the journey of a small group of people from the post-apocalyptic Mississippi area several centuries after the world we know ends. They are searching for Haven, a town that stories tell was set up after the catastrophic event that killed off the Roadbuilders (us), and that may have historical and scientific information that has otherwise been lost. A m ...more
This is a book that has some really great adventure, but its strength is the sense ...more
I enjoyed this story but of course ...more
In this book, Jack takes a break from his usual deep-space setting and returns to good old Earth. The descendants of post-holocaust surv ...more