Ancient Shores by Jack McdevittAncient Shores by Jack Mcdevitt

Ancient Shores

byJack Mcdevitt

Mass Market Paperback | October 23, 1996

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It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done. He dug it up. And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew. True, Tom Lasker's wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago -- ten thousand years ago.

A return to science fiction on a grand scale, reminiscent of the best of Heinlein, Simak, and Clarke, Ancient Shores is the most ambitious and exciting SF triumph of the decade, a bold speculative adventure that does not shrink from the big questions -- and the big answers.

Jack McDevitt is the author of A Talent for War, The Engines of God, Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, Moonfall, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.
Title:Ancient ShoresFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.96 inPublished:October 23, 1996Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0061054267

ISBN - 13:9780061054266

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining But not more than that. Nice idea, execution leaves one wanting and the end is weak.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Shores A North Dakota farmer discovers an ancient sail boat on his property, made of non-decaying materials that cannot be manufactured in this era. It leads to even greater discoveries on Sioux land. Sides are taken pertaining to ownership, implications for global future, and for freedom.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Ok, but predictable. Very out of day since it was written in 1996.
Date published: 2014-03-17

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Buried 12 feet below Tom Lasker's North Dakota wheat field is a 42-foot fiberglass sailboat, complete with microwave oven. After digging it up, Tom makes the additional discovery of an object that serves as a doorway to another world--a find that will draw a far-flung collection of people with conflicting motives to the small community.

Editorial Reviews

"An old-fashioned page turner...filled with breathless plotting...[and] a nail-biting ending." (New York Daily News)