{4.5/5} “When it was over, and he was still trying to catch his breath, the chairman knew that his perceptions had changed again. He’d acquired an appreciation for the power and beauty of the universe that could never be acquired through a mere telephoto lens or a slice of poetry.”

Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt, published in 2015

A teleportation device was found on a Sioux reservation, and for now they’re controlling access to it. It goes to 3 different places — a world called Eden, a maze of twisty little passages, and a space station outside our galaxy. They’re letting scientists slowly explore Eden, when they stumble on a sentient ape-like creature. The teleportation device on Eden leads to a city where short technologically advanced aliens live — possibly the people who built the device in the first place.

This is the sequel to Ancient Shores. You don’t have to have read the first one to read this one — but it’s worth reading too.

It’s about exploration, first contact, and how different people react to unusual events. As usual, McDevitt’s novel is highly enjoyable.

I previously reviewed McDevitt’s novel Time Travelers Never Die.

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