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Publisher Description

On a routine survey mission studying a neutron star, an Academy starship receives a transmission in an unknown language. Before leaving the area, the starship launches a series of satellites to find the signal—and perhaps discover its origins.
Five years later, a satellite finally encounters the signal—which is believed to be of extraterrestrial origin by the Contact Society, a wealthy group of enthusiasts who fund research into the existence of alien life. Providing a starship to the Academy to be piloted by Captain Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins, the Contact Society embarks on a mission to find the source of the transmission.
Across a myriad of stars, from world to world, Hutch and her crew follow the signal, but find only puzzles and lethal surprises.
Then, in a planetary system far beyond the bounds of previous exploration, they discover an object. It is immense, ominous, and mysterious. And it may hold the answer not only to the questions of the Contact Society, but to those of every person who has ever looked to the sky and wondered if we were alone...

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
July 2
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Quantum.Mechanix ,

Captivating and Intriguing

I own a hard copy of this book, and I've read it two or three times already. And I'll probably read it again, eventually!

Jack McDevitt's writing captures the nuances of beautifully thought out characters, which are the soul of believable story-telling in my opinion. He expresses their emotions with precision and heart, and listening to the individuals in the story interact drags the reader deep into the fictional universe with them.

This story is captivating, and from the relaxed moments of archaeological discovery to the tense moments of suspense and action, Chindi was hard to put down, and I found myself dying for more once I finished it.

Silverreven ,

Thanks Jack!

I've read hundreds of sci-fi novels, of varying quality.

Recently found the Academy series and just love them.

Mysteries of ancient alien archeology, part with intense action and suspense, and least but certainly not last - believable, loveable and interesting charcters! (Wow, that's not everyday!)

Keep it up Jack, you're among giants like Arthur C Clarke, Heinlein, Asimow and Reynolds now!


Jackx36 ,

Strong up until the end

The author seemed to have forgotten about an ending to the story. When he finally realized his mistake, it seemed like it was too late and he hurried to write an ending. Felt like he dropped the ball.

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