"The sequel is better than the prequel"
The most powerful sentient beings known in the universe
have been relocating humans, Saurs, and other intelligent
species from one star system to another for at last several
millennium. In the twenty-third century (local earth
time), Gregor Cairns decides to use the interstellar
technology invented two centuries ago by his ancestors to
open up interstellar trade routes.
However, when Matt and crew arrive at planet Croatan,
the local Port Authority impounds their ship. It will take
a diplomatic warrior to navigate the political land mines
in order for Matt to regain the vessel. However, as long
as the bureaucrats think this is a trade mission he has a
chance though somewhat remote. However, if the ruling
officials ever learn about Matt's hidden agenda to confront
the Powers Above on why the various races were moved a
staggering one-hundred thousand light-years from Earth,
they will lock him up and throw away the key.
DARK LIGHT, the sequel to COSMONAUT KEEP, is a deep
cerebral science fiction tale that contains plenty of
action, but leaves the reader pondering about humanity's
place in the universe. The complex story line is loaded
with adventure and a deep cast of which not all are human,
but all are fully developed so that readers appreciate the
intelligence of each species. Still, the bottom line of
Ken MacLeod's futurist outer space enterprise is the
philosophical question of mankind's place in a diverse
universe in which God-like beings play puppeteer to
humanity the puppets.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 2, 2002