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"Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences. This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure; Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: Shes completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot's license. Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth. So theres not a lot of demand for space pilots. Priscilla thinks her career may be over before it has begun. But her ambition won't be denied, and soon she is on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming. Her working conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers-and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Ultimately, she will be part of a life-and-death struggle that will test both her capabilities and her character ..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Hardcover, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1101626682 (electronic bk.)
9781101626689 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK S MCDEVITT
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 20, 2015

Starhawk is a prequel to McDevitt’s Engines of God series that was effectively completed with Cauldron. This entry features series heroine Priscilla Hutchins (Hutch) as a graduating pilot who has been trained by mentor Jake Loomis. Loomis is featured also and the novel bounces between their two interwoven stories. McDevitt provides insight into Hutch’s development while providing a message on environmental degradation, incorporating environmental terrorism. There’s plenty of space travel and visits to planets and moons at which McDevitt excels. My only complaint is that McDevitt’s portrayal of 200 years in the future appears to be a 1950s US view with more technology. The major of the characters appear to have last names of British or at least European origin. No allowance for changing demographics has been made. The USA is now the North American Union which is the US and Canada. However, it has the US political system of today with apparently 2 Canadian states. Why? Minor quibbles. It was nice to have Hutch back but the rest of the series is superb and if I had to read only one of the series, Starhawk would be the last choice.

Jul 29, 2015

Great novel, dark, brooding, and funny at some points.

Oct 01, 2014

A prequel to the McDevitt's Hutchins series, so you don't need to have read the other books to follow along. Have to admit, it's not Jack's strongest novel, but it is a fun read, so if you are into SF, this should be enjoyable.

Dec 18, 2013

Where to begin? The main person in this book is priscilla and she is not even the most interisting its jack. This book has great ideas but he doesn't even finish telling the stories non of them, Now for Hutch wow its like author had no idea what to do with her. I'm sorry i give it 2 stars boo jack boo.


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