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This novella by three celebrated authors in the science-fiction genre is set between the events of The Legacy of Heorot - which Tom Clancy called "outstanding" - and Beowulf’s Children.

The oldest children of the settlers on Avalon are now in their late teens and want independence from their parents and guardians. And they especially don’t want them around for the initiation ceremony held on Black Ship Island for the younger children just reaching their teens. But when previously unknown creatures make their deadly appearance, things go horribly wrong.

©2012 Jerry Pournelle, Jerry Pournelle, and Larry Niven (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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  • R. King
  • 26-01-2017

Another interesting tale from Avalon.

If you enjoyed Legacy of Heirot then you should give this one a listen. This story bridges the gap between the previous books and you can see the tension between the earth born and the star born growing, but this is still a tale of daring-do in the face of an unknown world.

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  • David Pick
  • 25-01-2021

Decent Follow Up to The Legacy of Heorot

I listened to this book as a TWIT fan of the late Jerry Pournelle who was always a great guest on the podcast.

Overall the story was okay. I was sad towards the end a long time character dies in it. It's sad there will never be further sequels in the series.

But it's happy Jerry and Larry were able to write books together for decades.

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  • Lactosefighter
  • 20-03-2020

The story felt short, but it was awesome!

This book belongs as book 2, not as book 3. pretty good read. I liked it just as much as the others in the series.

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  • Nate W.
  • 06-02-2020

great interlude to the two original stories

THIS was an amazing story to tie the other two novels together. great performance as always

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2021

Excellent Series

All four books in the series are good. As usual a very realist and consistent universe. A good mixture hard Science Fiction and action. I found a lot of the head-of-chapter biblical quotations a bit irritating and not relevant to the chapter, but what the heck the chapters were good. This relates to the first two books in the series. The narration of all four books was excellent.

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