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The Ecolitan Enigma (Ecolitan Matter #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  647 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.s science fiction novels have been pleasing readers for nearly two decades. Among his earlier novels were three books set in the future universe of the Ecolitan Institute. Now Modesitt returns to that world to tell another story of cultural conflict and interstellar diplomacy. The Ecolitan Enigma is sure to thrill his old fans and win new ones.Nathaniel F ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1997)
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Peter Tillman
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
"A/A+": a hard-eyed look at an ancient human dilemma

Monsters as political leaders have been a recurrent nightmare in our history - from Lenin, Hitler, Stalin & Mao to such comparative small- timers as Idi Amin, Pol Pot & Saddam Hussein. The record of "good governments" in dealing with monsters is not encouraging. Millions of lives could have been saved with a few snipers' bullets... why weren't they?

Modesitt posits the Ecolitan Institute, on the Coordinate capitol world ofAccord, as a g
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The plot was a little squishy at times, but I found it a fun read, 'specially from midway to the end.

It described, in stark terms, the difference between claiming morality versus justification. And, though, tasteless as it may be, you /cannot/ save everyone, and that waiting for justification, while more politically appealing, may be the more morally reprobate course. Though the book describes this in terms of planetary warfare, the idea scales, I think, to more boring realities like healthcare,
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Sequel to The Ecologic Envoy
Jeanine Kennedy
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Felt stupid the entire time I was reading it. It was alright not sure i'd read it again.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
meh. It was a library book. I read it. It was mildly interesting.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
More eco-politics and commandos.
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L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u
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