The Tears of Things

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Three fleets of generational ships arrive in a distant solar system at the invitation of an alien artifact. As cultures collide and politicians play games, it becomes obvious that the artifact's benevolent offer is not what it seems.

The salvation of the fleets may depend upon Gabriel, a man who resents them as much as they despise him. They needed a hero. They got something else. More

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Words: 79,120
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476279657
About Brian Blose

Brian Blose is an Army Veteran, husband, father, software developer, and writer. He has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master's of Business Administration. In his spare time, he pursues interests such as rock climbing, kayaking, ethnic cuisine, and reading science fiction. He likes flawed characters, unreliable narration, and moral ambiguity.

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Reviews

Review by: Jeff Oaster on Sep. 23, 2013 :
A very entertaining and well-thought out book. Yes, it starts out a bit confusing, especially regarding how the characters communicate, but that does get explained later on - and it probably serves to add to the feeling of confusion for the main character of Gabriel. Interesting characters, a convoluted plot that wraps itself together and some very good pacing make for a great read. If I had any gripe (and it's a minor one), some of the character development is a bit clumsy but Blose more than makes up for it by giving his characters some great ambiguity. I can't wait for the follow up!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carol on May 14, 2013 :
The story is told through numerous points of view and takes about half the book for them to start converging. While this is happening, the plot is hard to follow and doesn't get interesting until two thirds of the way through.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Wilding on Aug. 25, 2012 :
I didn't realise when I bought this that it's the first in a series so I found the ending disappointing, though it's actually a reasonable ending for a series.

The book is quite confusing to start with but cleverly draws you in and the confusion unwinds as you gradually learn what is happening. I won't say too much about the plot, then, as it's difficult to do so without spoilers, but it's well written and keeps you interested.

The characters, philosophy, and action do not have any great depth but it's an entertaining bit of space opera. For myself, I quite enjoyed the book but found at the end I'm not in sympathy enough with any of the characters to want to read the next book. Don't let that put you off, I'm probably not in the demographic it's aimed at (middle aged woman). Well worth it's price.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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