One of those great novels that you could devour in one sitting. I had to do it in two sittings, because... y'know, real life and all that. Still, this is a compelling read.
Michael McCloskey's writing reminded me in a vague way of Peter F. Hamilton. I had occasional flashbacks to Hamilton's /Fallen Dragon/ novel, although The Trilisk Ruins is nowhere near as dark. Still, McCloskey has some of those same great qualities shining through in his writing -- not the least of which is, like Hamilton, his ability to construct really believable people, places, things, and technologies. It's not much of a stretch to imagine that this story could happen to people not unlike us; but it's JUST enough of a stretch that it makes for great sci-fi.
On to the next book in the series!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)