Two years after the events of Wyrmhole, Jack is a professional P.I. on a case to track down a missing artifact-a tablet made of a metal that cannot be identified. But when the woman he's working for disappears and his lead suspect turns up dead, Jack's investigation will lead him into the clutches of a shadowy political organization that knows the secret of the tablet....
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Metal Sky Reviews
Okay, technically (concerning the writing form and style) the book is okay; but the plot is convoluted, the characters wooden, and the main character psychic ability unnecessary and distracting.There are a lot of interesting bits that could really be fleshed out. Strange alien artifacts are cool, and even more so when the one in question is a counterfeit. Hiring a PI to throw off your pursuers, that an okay idea – but if you do you NEVER let them get anywhere near the object you are trying to conceal! If you have concerns you hire someone else to get the object.And a PI who doesn’t like guns? Okay, maybe – but anyone working in a dangerous profession who thinks carrying makes it more likely they will get shot? We have a word for that – Moron!So overall I am underwhelmed. I will be selling my copy, no desire to keep it.
Private investigator Jack Stein has set up shop in the town of Yorkstone. It’s a town on the move, literally (it really is a moving town), and it’s a programmable town. For instance, one change the furniture in a room just by telling your computer. Jack’s appointment book is empty, until Bridget Farrell walks into Jack’s office. She is a very beautiful woman who knows how to use her beauty. She asks Jack’s help in finding a metallic tablet inscribed with ornate symbols.Farrell had a colleague/competitor in the field of obtaining rare objects, a man named Talbot. Unfortunately, he got too close to the business end of an energy weapon, and is now very dead. The Yorkstone police are now very interested. A rich industrialist named Landeman is also interested in the tablet.Jack is a psychic investigator; he works from hunches or "feelings" gained from objects, other people or dreams. He meets Talbot in his dreams and is told to go to a planet called Mandala. A major archaeological dig is underway, uncovering what was a major city. In his dreams, Jack sees the city as it was a millennia ago. But he is no closer to discovering the answers to his growing list of questions.Back in Yorkstone, Billie, Jack’s teenage "ward" and an expert information finder, learns that the object is made of a metal unknown to science, and probably came from Mandala. It could be an object of great power, or the key to some advanced civilization. Jack begins to piece it all together; a potentially "huge" object like this would be worth a lot of money to some people.This works really well as a mystery story and a science fiction story. It’s just weird enough, and it also has echoes of famous tales like The Maltese Falcon. Either way, it’s worth reading.
Jack is a psychic detective with a female computer genius as a teenage ward (named Billie). He is hired to find an artifact, but something is off about this entire case. I did not dislike this book, but I never got into it. This book probably took me over 6 months to read because I kept putting it down. I was never hooked into the story. I wanted to find out what happened only because I had started it and I hate leaving a book unfinished. The characters also never appealed to me, but the relationship between Billie and Jack was an interesting mix of parent/child and partner/partner (non-romantic (but maybe later in the series? Or would that be weird?) ).
The writing is not to my taste. Another reviewer here called it "boring," and I'm sorry to say that I had the same reaction. I didn't read Wyrmhole, and I found this one, plus the next two in the series, in the used bookstore. So, I thought I'd give it a shot as a nice, continuous storyline for a few days. I understand what the author was doing, but it just didn't work for me.
#2 in the series finds Jack and Bilie in a new town. A woman calls Jack about finding a man who has taken something from her, but she is not what she seems.Better than #1, the plot is good, and there is a lot of hand-wringing by Jack re: what to do about Billie, who's now almost 14.
One word = dreamy
I really like this book, it was sci-fi with a bit of mystery. Now I'm not good with making reviews, but all I can say is that it's really exciting and full of detail.
Hmmm, another boring book. Back to the library to find something else!