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Long before the world of the Ganymeans blew apart millennia ago, the strange race of giants had already vanished. All that remained of them was a wrecked ship abandoned on a frozen moon of Jupiter. Now Earth’s scientists are there, determined to ferret out the secret of the lost race. But when suddenly the Ganymeans return, they bring with them answers that will reveal the secret of our own as well.

©1984 James Patrick Hogan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Scientists’ efforts to uncover the unexpected genetic link between Terran and Minervan life is aided by the equally unexpected reappearance of a Minervan ship. Interesting reading for sf enthusiasts and for those who enjoy a methodical analysis of a complex theory." ( Kliatt)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Gary
  • 10/11/2016

Ideas are more interesting than people!

This book takes the series in a different direction from what I expected. As always, with Hogan one gets more ideas than characters. (The author reminds me of Arthur C. Clark in that respect). Here the ideas involve around more in depth understanding on the nature of evolution, time dilution, and planet formation. One could read this story without having had read book one and would have no problem following the story.

Hogan's one of my favorite science fiction authors and with this second book in the series he doesn't disappoint.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • Steven
  • 02/06/2013

Great Story of First Contact

So much of sci-fi is pessimistic in nature. Taking the ills of society and extrapolating them to the extreme. Hogan's "Giant's Series" is so good because he show's humanity for the good they can do. The scientific progress they can make and how welcoming they can be. Get this book.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Steve M Jr
  • 05/05/2020

Departure from normal SciFi

I love a good Space Opera or Galactic Empire war type book. I like the action, good characters and epic conflicts.

This is NOT one of those books. In fact, this book doesn't have an antagonist. There are no battles, wars or even any kind of threat or issue to deal with. This book is about discovery and almost Star Trek like in optimism (ignoring recent dystopian Star Trek crap).

I really enjoy James P Hogan's stories, and this is one of the best. A great sequel to Inherit the Stars. If you liked Victor Hunt and Dancheker, and their struggles to solve mysteries and challenges, you'll like this book too.

What I also appreciate from books like these is that political corectnes and is not present--it just wants to tell a fun story and explore different ways of thinking about things.

Giant's Star isn't as good, but is still good.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • JULIA
  • 09/11/2018

Great 'read'

This book (and the first two of the series) are terrific stories. Have read them many times, and - now - listened to them several as well. Good performance; it felt as though I were right there with Vic, Caldwell, Lynn, Garuth, and all the others, "watching" the tale unfold. Thanks, Audible, for making them available!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • John Marble
  • 23/10/2015

A Fabulous Who Done It

While it is not Inherit The Stars, this second book in the series brings enough twists and turns to keep the reader/listener wanting more.
The second I'm a three book series is always the toughest to execute, but Hogan is a Master at keeping his readers turning the pages to find the answers to each new question he raises.
Time to see where it all leads. Bring on "Giant's Star"!

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Chris
  • 08/01/2015

Great story. Start with the first book.

A fantastic story weaving evolutionary theory with a taste of Sherlock Holmes and sci-fi. This is a series I always go back to.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Charlie
  • 28/01/2021

Slow and Easy

After the excitement of Inherit the Stars, The author slowed things down a lot with this book. Unlike the previous volume, It appears that this plotless story was written in order to express the basis of Gentle Giants relationship with man. Personally, I think that Mr Hogan could have written this in a couple chapters rather than a whole book, but it was pleasurable anyway. Slow but pleasurable, like being in a canoe on a strange but calm river.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • M.C.
  • 21/12/2020

Great story, great vision

I first read the Giants series as a teenager and re-listening now the ideas still hold up. I always loved Hogan's imagination and creative perspective and I still do. Listening to it now with a bit more critical ear I can hear the "new author" (I think this was his second novel and the start of the series was his first) in the dialog and prose. But that gets better with each book and is fun to notice.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • patrick
  • 06/12/2020

awesome sci-fi story

What a great continuation of a fantastic science fiction story. This is truly a classic story that has lost nothing as our current technology marches on. This has what most of us wish for, and that is for us to use what is our natural animal nature not to wage war and death on our own species but Instead to use it to accept no compromise in science and exploration.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kris Hutchison
  • 19/11/2020

Another good book.

If can you ignore the fact that early humans were not remarkably smarter than other forms of early man then then the jump in evolution makes sense.
Unfortunately we are just a progression and not some magical jump in development.
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Other than that the book is pretty good.
It would be a great book if the personalities and relationships were a bit more complex.

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  • Generale
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  • Sue Dobbing
  • 30/12/2020

An interesting tale

I bought this audiobook as I had read the first one over 30 years ago and remembered how much I'd enjoyed it
I enjoyed the development of the story. However perhaps listening to it as opposed to reading it really showed how dated it is in social attitudes & behaviour. So a good story aspects of which haven't dated well.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/01/2015

Too complicated

I gave up with this book after just 40 mins. Too complicated and badly read