My first book by McDevitt. Started slow but gets going soon enough. The story and science work nicely together. He has no problem with main characters meeting their demise as the story unfolds. The story should be have a subtitle "Chindi: or how many rescue missions can Hutch pull off?" I like her and the final rescue is a great thrill. The ending is a very unsubtle opening for a follow-on story. Guess I'm going to be collecting some more of his books. Strong recommendation for an enjoyable read.