Eternity Road

A book by Jack Mcdevitt

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An engaging read, but not my favorite McDevitt book.

  • May 18, 2000
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"Eternity Road" Jack McDevitt's post apocalypse novel, while not his best work, is nevertheless completely engaging. I read the entire work within one day.

This is a classic "quest" tale -- and, like many such quests, the answers at the journey's end are not quite what was expected by the participants in the quest.

I found many (but not all) of the details believable. A sentient computer still runnning trains -- but only a handful of books surviving the disaster. An apparently immediate rediscovery of religion -- and virtually no remembrance of the belief structures of only a few centuries before.

But for these minor flaws, the reader is treated to a group of engaging, well developed characters, profound love, interesting speculation, and high adventure.

This book is definitely worth the time.

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review by . October 12, 2010
Ever since 7th grade when I read the short story, By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet, I have enjoyed tales about post-apocalyptic societies. Jack McDevitt's Eternity Road is one such story and, while I don't think it is as good as some of McDevitt's other novels, it doesn't disappoint. Set about 1,000 years after a plague decimated an advanced technological people now called The Roadmakers (as in us today), the action centers on a small group of acquaintances from …
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Eternity Roadis set 1,000 years from now, when the world as we know it has been dead for eight centuries, destroyed by a plague that killed most of humanity. Technological artifacts remain, but the knowledge of what they are and how to use them has been lost by a society that has degenerated into a series of city-states. Legend has it that the Roadmakers left a store of knowledge in a place called Haven, but when an expedition from Memphis sets out to find it, only one person returns. The lone, dishonored survivor eventually kills himself, but his son is determined to try again ...--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0061054275
ISBN-13: 978-0061054273
Author: Jack Mcdevitt
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Eos
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