Editorial Reviews. Review. Eternity Road is set 1, years from now, when the Eternity Road – Kindle edition by Jack McDevitt. Download it. Part of the trick and charm of McDevitt’s (Eternity Road) new novel lies in the protagonists’ encounters with objects–aircraft, computers, road signs, etcthey, but. The Roadmakers left only ruins behind — but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are fou .

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Return to Book Page. Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt. The Roadmakers left only ruins behind — but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are found in every Illyrian home. They left behind a legend,too — a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where even now the secrets of their civilization might still be found. Chaka’s brother was one of those who sought to find Hav The Roadmakers left only ruins behind — but what magnificent ruins!

Chaka’s brother was one of those who sought to find Haven and never returned. But now Chaka has inherited a rare Roadmaker artifact — a book called A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court — which has inspired her to follow in his footsteps. Gathering an unlikely band of companions around her, Chaka embarks upon a journey where she will encounter bloodthirsty rirver pirates, electronic ghosts who mourn their lost civilization and machines that skim over the ground and air.

Ultimately, the group will learn the truth about their own mysterious past. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published March by Eos first published May United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eternity Roadplease sign up. Lists with This Book.

Sep 13, Mike the Paladin rated it it was ok Shelves: Well we have a sort of “here we go again” in this one. When I read books that some of my friends here like and then don’t really care for them I often feel as if I should apologize. That’s the case here. I see a lot of people really like this one. As I’ve said before, great. To each their own in literary taste For me the book falls into the I don’t hate it but don’t really care for it category.

As I’ve said about other books notably many of those by Ph Well we have a sort of “here we go again” in this one. This is a book of pages, it takes us pages to get past the background, set up, and so on and move into the wilderness.

Also as in any book the attitude, prejudices and so on of the writer come into play. Still the overall idea is a good one as yb matter of fact I hope I’ll find another book along these lines, by someone else. I’ll not ever be a fan here but many are. This one is simply a matter of taste so The idea here is that “some time” in the past society as you and I know it has “ended”. There has been a long enough period of time for governments to have grown, fallen and been replaced in small areas.

The place we start the story is apparently near what was Memphis. The Mississippi River is still the Mississippi, the Ohio is still the Ohio, but little is known about the time prior to the “fall” of our civilization. The old cities at least nearby are in ruins and not safe, still everyone seems to have some things from the past, though materials like plastic baffle them.


In the beginning of the book we find that a disastrous trip has been made to find a place called Haven. All but one person on that expedition died, but some things, including a book from the past made it back and raise questions later.

Another expedition is formed. Sounds like a great idea and many like the book. I’d say try it for yourself.

View all 10 comments. Mar 30, Jocelyn rated it liked it Shelves: This felt like reading a Lonely Planet guide to the northeast United States many centuries in the future. The world McDevitt created is like taking a six month tour with a few day-trips along the way to get to see the locals and their societies.

I found the tour very interesting and imaginative. I really enjoyed the possibilities he presented. I felt like I was sitting in a tour bus driving by all these amazing sites, but never really had the opportunity to get out and know any of the people living in rowd.

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It was those sights that managed to keep me eyernity novel. But in terms of caring about the characters, their stories, or their lives, I just could not get that involved in them. Mar 19, Werner rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Science-fiction fans, and fans of post-apocalyptic tales.

I’m taking a break from my current kick of retrospectively reviewing the classics to focus on this much more recent title, inspired by jxck recent review by my Goodreads friend Mike.

He did his usual excellent job, but since my perspective is a bit different he rated the book only “okay”I thought it might be opportune to throw in my two cents worth. McDevitt structures his story around the classic quest motif. Some years fternity the collapse of modern American civilization, some civilized but low-tech city states thrive roaf the lower Mississippi Jacck. They have no contact with other parts of the world, though, and very little knowledge of their pre-apocalyptic ancestors, the Roadmakers.

But they do possess a couple of copies of a book, The Travels of Abraham Polkpurportedly written in the immediate aftermath of the plague that destroyed the previous civilization, which describes the creation of a place of refuge called Haven, where the secrets of the Roadmakers are preserved. Nine years ago, a small band of adventurers, following clues in the Travelsset out to find Haven; but the lone survivor returned to report their failure.

With his suicide near the beginning of this book, evidence comes to light that suggests that the expedition DID reach Haven after all.

So a handful of people, determined to find answers once and for all, mount a second expedition. Their number includes the sister of the previous expedition’s artist, a wilderness guide, a university roa, a pagan priestess who’s having a crisis of faith, and the skeptical son of the survivor.

Their journey will take them across much of what we once knew as the eastern U. McDevitt writes well, with a flowing style, descriptive but not overly descriptive, that serves his story admirably. The characters are very real and lifelike, round and believable; mostly very likeable, and even in the case of some who aren’t so much so, the reader gets to know and understand them better and like them better by the end.

You quickly think of most of them as friends, and rowd invested in their fate. As Mike notes, the expedition takes awhile to get underway, and into the wilderness. However, this is because McDevitt takes his time explaining the background of the situation, introducing the characters, and engaging in some serious world-building which I felt was top-notch.


This added texture, for me, gave more depth to the purely adventurous parts –and there were plenty of the latter on the group’s journey.

But be warned; no spoilers here, but the perils of the undertaking are real and deadly, and eeternity to be taken seriously by the reader –as in real life, there are no guarantees of survival. Mike made the point that there seem to be technological incongruities here. The author’s post-apocalyptic culture has cartridge firearms, but not other modern utensils that might utilize similar methods of manufacture; and they’re mcdevith of ancient automobiles though ignorant of how they were poweredbut not aware of trains.

There may be some merit to this criticism. At the time that I read the book, though, I took it for granted that, in a situation like this, there might be some degree of randomness in what technological knowledge would and wouldn’t survive. We also have to take into account people’s priorities. Chaka’s rueful thought, words to the effect that mcdevtit forgotten how to print books, but we still know how to make guns!

In the main, I found McDevitt’s portrayal of his future culture roae quite plausible, except in the religious area. He posits the total disappearance of Christianity, to the point where scholars of that day have only hazy and incomplete defective ideas about its beliefs, and its replacement by a new polytheism.

Even allowing for his agnostic worldview and regardless of Christian truth claims, this isn’t realistic, any more than positing the total disappearance of Islam mcrevitt the Middle East, or of Hinduism from India, years after the collapse of the present civilization.

The discussions of theism and religious belief some of the characters have are, as well, mcdevvitt by the author’s skepticism. But they stop short of being doctrinaire anti-religious screeds; the author’s agnosticism, if I interpret him rightly, cuts both ways, and he simply poses questions eternnity implying that he knows all the answers, and knows that they’re negative.

The plot incorporates a romantic thread –and it’s clean romance even though the couple experience some realistic premarital temptationfor which I think McDevitt deserves some genuine credit. He also, IMO, deserves credit for very full-orbed development of the back-story of Abraham Polk and the October patrol, so much so that initially, I actually eternitg this book was a sequel to a previous novel about Polk, though that isn’t the case. A roav on Amazon, which I read years before I read the book, raised a complaint about the gy.

But we ARE told that they brought back a major mcdefitt trove of books on history, some of which are identified.

McDevitt was certainly justified sternity thinking that intelligent readers would have a basic understanding of the history itself, so as to know automatically what history books could be expected to relate; and to sumarize the contents of that many books at the end of this one would have made the ending unnecessarily bulky and anti-climactic.

In summary, I really liked this, though I didn’t go to the extent of giving it five stars. Your reaction might vary; but if the flaw s and characteristics I’ve noted above aren’t off-putting, I’d suggest giving it a try!

View all 3 comments. I’ve had very limited experience with Jack McDevitt’s books. My daughter has tried lending them to me, but they just don’t drag me hack. After that experience, I was ready to write off McDevitt altogether.

However, I’m going eterniity a post-apocalyptic literature period and Eternity Road is a fairly famous example of the genre.