Eon

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North American 1st edition hardcover.

Eon is a military book of speculative science fiction written by Greg Bear and published in 1985. The story is set in the year 2005 with the cold war between USSR and NATO forces still in full force, but both sides are thrown for a loop when a large hollow asteroid is found in Earth's orbit and is filled with remnants of a futuristic Earth civilization with records indicating that the Earth will destroy itself in a massive nuclear exchange. Scientists who have boarded the asteroid are now trying to prevent the upcoming holocaust, but bureaucrats on Earth refuse to allow the knowledge to go public, even to the Russians who may spark the war.

I read this book due to it being ranked so highly in favorite lists, but I wasn't very impressed by it and have no desire to read the rest of the books in The Way series.

Status

I do not own this book, but have listened to an audio book recording.

Review

Good

  • The tension at the start of the book is pretty great, and successfully grows in the first few chapters.
  • The science is pretty detailed and goes in-depth in several areas making it a fun learning experience.
  • I enjoyed Patricia Vasquez as a character.

Bad

  • I usually enjoy sex in books, and the description was certainly tasteful and exciting, however, having two subordinate women have sex with their boss was a bit more like an asshole fantasy rather than something respectable.

Ugly

  • After The Death, I found the book to grow progressively more dull. The fact that nearly everyone on Earth had been snuffed out was depressing, and I had little interest in the politics of the highly-abstract future Earthlings. There was a slight glimmer of Patricia Vasquez setting things right, but this also fails to deliver.

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