The Stars Blue Yonder (The Outback Stars #3)by Sandra McDonald Published 21 Jul 2009
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Chief Terry Myell died and became a god. Now heâ€™s back to life, careening around space and time at the behest of a voice that told him to save all of mankind. Helping and hindering this quest are his elderly wife, his young wife, grandchildren who havenâ€™t been born yet, romantic rivals he hasnâ€™t even met, a descendant from two thousand years in the future, and an alien nemesis who calls itself the Flying Doctor. Life in the military has never been so complicated.
Commander Jodenny Scott would agree. Sheâ€™s seven months pregnant and trying to come to peace with her husbandâ€™s death. When Myell reappears with tales of time travel, sheâ€™s not sure what to believe.
But with an invading army bearing down on Earthâ€™s last fleet of spaceships, thereâ€™s not much time for debate. When the dust clears Jodenny is stranded in an Australia she never imagined, and Myellâ€™s more desperate than ever to rescue herâ€”from aliens, from treachery, and from history itself.
"The Stars Blue Yonder (The Outback Stars #3)" Reviews
This is book #3 in this series, in the previous book at the end Terry died and became a god. But these books, among many other things, are about time travel, and Terry keeps trying to get back to his (often pregnant) wife Jodenny. Not that she’s pregnant often, but she does seem to be pregnant for most of the book, even though we also see her as a schoolgirl, a young cadet, a very old woman, and especially in 1855 in Australia where the book ends. I was up until a 3:45 reading this book; it’s that unputdownable. (If that's not a real word it should be!) The time travel is accomplished through Australian Aboriginal myth, making this book unique in science fiction, as far as I know.
This is the third book in the trilogy begun with The Outback Stars. I loved this trilogy from start to finish and this final book didn't disappoint me. Impossible to summarize without spoiling things, but everyone I loved in the first and second books are here to finish things off. And there are new characters to love, ones I hope will find books of their own. I recommend this trilogy highly. It's ironic, since I resisted reading The Outback Stars for some time. I thought it was military sf, which I don't particularly care for. It is set in the military, but it's so much more than that: a touching love story, a mystical journey through Aboriginal myth, a mystery, and a confrontation with alien technology. Just a great read.
Book 3 of the Trilogy. It's a book of time travel. It's somewhat jarring that the author moves us around out of linear time. It's also a love story and an improbable story of friends and enemies. I scratched my head a bit as I started reading this series, but I grew to like Jodenny and Terry. I'll look for more books by Sandra McDonald.
Thoroughly enjoyed this science fiction book. I managed to miss that there was a second one (read Outbakc Stars and liked it) but McDonald expertly brings the reader up to speed along with Chief Terry Myell's family when he shows up suddenly, not a day older than when he died and was buried forty years previously, on another world.
Once we're up to speed, and discover that Terry is ripped in and out of space and time, we are ripped with him. Time paradoxes can get old fast for me, but McDonald never lets the story go back to base one over and over again--the forward motion occurs at first by inadvertent fellow travelers. Terry tries desperately to get back to his pregnant wife (at the time he crashed), and reunite, then stay with her, but he has the detritus of the future as well as the past to deal with, along with his having become a god, the breaking time machine (called an ouroboros), the evil Roon who are bent on wiping out humanity, and native Australians who keep track of some high tech wizardry within the Dreamtime. McDonald never loses sight of the emotional fallout of this situation, what with pregnant Jodenny not only coping with a dead-and-alive husband, but with her second husband after the death of her first. I was riveted from the start, and had trouble putting this book down in order to get my chores done.
I truly enjoyed this novel of time travel and reality-hopping. The hero is trapped in a loop where he appears for 24 hours all along his beloved wife's timeline -- from her childhood on one planet, to her service in the space fleet, to her old age on a different planet -- with the limitation that no-one remembers anything he does in each visit. Can he break this loop somehow, and save humans from annihilation by evil aliens? This is the third, and my favorite, in McDonald's SF trilogy.
There was a reason I didn’t look too hard to find the rest of The Outback Stars trilogy. The story did not end satisfactorily. The point of the whole story was to name-drop Australian and Aboriginal names and culture but not much else apparently. The story was ostensibly focussed on Aboriginal artefacts but Mighty Whitey was all over the place. Aboriginals were marginal even in their own story.