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Hex (Coyote Universe) (2011)

av Allen Steele

Serier: Coyote Universe (8)

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The danui, a reclusive arachnid species, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life. But when the Federation's recon mission goes wrong, the humans realize how little they know about their new partners.… (mer)
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I listened to the unabridged audio edition; however, Amazon will not allow me to link to that, so I've linked to the paperback edition.

Andromeda Carson, captain of the Coyote merchant ship Montoya, is getting bored with standard commercial runs where, due to the fact that humans aren't yet fully accepted or trusted in the Talis, she and the crew rarely even get to disembark, much less explore. She's beginning to reluctantly contemplate retirement when her boss, Ted Harker, approaches her with an unexpected proposal. The most mysterious race in the Talis, the danui, have indirectly approached Coyote with an offer of a human-habitable planet in their home solar system.

It's a stunning offer, but they need an experienced and reliable ship and crew to make the first journey there and determine whether this too-good-to-be-true offer is real. The danui system, after all, appears to have a gas giant close in to its primary--a "hot Jupe"--and such systems aren't noted for having a plethora of smaller, rocky, potentially habitable worlds. There also appears to be a rather strange dust nebula around the star.

Of course Carson agrees to take her ship on this potentially risky reconnaissance. Then her life is further enlivened by the news that her estranged son is a member of the Explorers' Corp team that will be joining her.

Steele is a master storyteller, and gives us a wonderful tour of the unexpected reality of the danui home system. Saying anything else would be a spoiler. If you like solidly constructed sf grounded in good science, with good characters and plot, you'll enjoy this.

Recommended. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
I think its time this series ended. A pleasant enough read, but the stories that take place off of Coyote really need have no linkage with Coyote at all--they are generally decent sci-fi adventures. I like Allen Steele's work, and I hope he comes up with his next great thing, because this one is done. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
The book is a continuation of the Coyote novels and is the 8th in the series. The main quality for Hex is the technology being explored in the narrative. That the Coyote leadership allows/chooses a bored and nearing retirement starship captain and a corporate vice president to represent a whole planet in it's first contact with another race is a lunacy developed by the author and to his credit. The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story and Hex, was the lesson from the book. It is certainly an excellent addition to the Coyote universe. ( )
  buffalogr | May 1, 2015 |
Standalone novel from the Coyote Universe. It was enjoyable but not as special as the other books in this series were. I hope Allen Steele does more stories in the Coyote Universe but with more tie ins to his prior works ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
The main quality for Hex is the premise and technology being explored in the narrative. What I found lacking was the rush to find solutions to the situations. An extra 100 pages may have done this book justice since for me it was a fast read--I am typically a slow reader. It is certainly an excellent addition to the Coyote universe. ( )
  vloxy | Jul 21, 2011 |
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