Mar 15, 09
Read in March, 2009
Although nominally a "Hutch Hutchins" novel, this one focuses primarily on assorted other characters who find an intelligent civilization in the path of a deadly "Omega" cloud, which will destroy any civilization in its path. McDevitt does a solid alien design here with a twist, in that the aliens look like characters from a children's show on Earth, while to the aliens humans look like the demons of their folklore, and no alien can face a human who is undisguised. This makes helping them out challenging, and provides some good tension in the novel. It's not McDevitt's best, or even the best "Hutch" novel, but it's a good read.