Unto Leviathan, Paperback Book
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On a ship without a mission ...No one remembers where they came from or where they're going.

For hundreds of years, the starship Argonos, home to generations of humans, has wandered throughout the galaxy, searching for other signs of life.

Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward a nearby planet.

On a planet without inhabitants ...The colony has vanished.

But deep within the planet's steamy jungles, the exploration team find horrible evidence of its fate: a cavernous chamber neatly filled with rows of skeletons, each one hanging on its own hook.

On a collision course with the unknown ...Once more, a signal lures the crew of the Argonos.

Haunted by what they have seen, they have no choice but to follow - deep into space, where an alien mystery waits.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781841492704

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I've been stalking this book for months under the original title of <I>Ship of Fools</I>, because the Kindle release in the UK was unavailable for whatever reason, and then belatedly discovered the renamed version, <I>Unto Leviathan</I>. The original title is perhaps more appropriate, but the revision at least warns of the heavy-handed religious content (the ship is a flying cathedral, the antagonist is a bishop, the love interest a priest, and there are whole sections of dialogue given over to theological debates. How I wish I had known in advance.)Symbolism aside, the plot is fairly standard, padded out by a lot of political infighting amongst the crew of the <I>Argonos</I>, a generation ship that has been trolling space for centuries. And then the kick! I don't know whether I was half asleep, but the swift reversal in the action, told by bionic man Bartolomeo, really took me by surprise. Or perhaps I just really need to watch <I>Alien</I>. I didn't feel any sort of connection to the characters, though - I <i>trusted</i> Bartolomeo's narration, but when the climax came, couldn't muster an ounce of concern for the fate of the crew.Ah, well. Readable, but ill-paced and hardly worth the effort of downloading in the end.

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