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
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.
Not the ending I was expecting
I power read the series, it has been a great immersive ride, the world building spectacular, but...
There were many unresolved storylines, I would have liked a 4th book so we could get to them. Hopefully there will be an extension of the stars down under series, I haven't visited the author's webpage so that option remains to be discovered. A good book overall.
NOOOOOOOOooooo!!!! I just read the synopsis!! Myell died?!?!?! All I know is McDonald better make up for it!!!! They just got together!!! Grrrr!!!
Well, now. That's just not right. The front page has this book listed this title as the second book in the trilogy, but... after reading the synopsis on the back of The Stars Down Under, I think this is book 3. Well, way to spoil it for the reader!! I will never trust the inside flap again!!
I didn't read the next sentence. He's been returned to life!! I was still frustrated knowing he was going to die. However, it didn't make it any less painful.
Outstanding!!! The trilogy just kept getting better & better!! Easily a new favourite series!
I'm not quite sure how things actually ended up working in the end, nor do I understand the epilogue or why it was included. An opportunity for future endeavours? A spin-off?
You'd think that not quite understanding why the ending worked would be a major hang up, but somehow... I guess I was in deep enough that I could suspend belief for that moment? Or maybe it made sense in a way that I haven't quite fathomed yet. All I know is that this book was quite the ride!!
Only once did I think I knew what was going to happen, & I was still wrong. Extremely impressed for a debut trilogy. Sandra McDonald is a new favourite author!
I sucked these books down in no time flat!! I must read more of her work!! Alas, my library has nothing more by her. However, I did find a Kindle called Fir Na Tine, which I've heard great things about! Can't wait!!
I liked this book but not as much as the other 2.
Terry has died, but not really, and is traveling around Jodenny's life. Most of the time she doesn't know him or doesn't believe it's really him. So, he's heartbroken and morose a lot of the time and Jodenny is paranoid and bitter. One time she believes him and travels around time with him. He's on some secret mission with the Australian Gods wanting him to win but not helping him at all.
The biggest reason for the lower rating is the constant time travel, even when he's finally figured some it out. He's still traveling all of the the place. I think the author could have cut them down by half and I wouldn't have started to get bored with that part. Homer was a strange character whose ending didn't really gel for me either.
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.
I very much enjoy Sandra MacDonald's writing. Being intensely interested in the military sci-fi genre, I very much enjoyed the first two books in this series, especially with the Aboriginal mythos thrown in.
I was a little underwhelmed by this book. Sandra McDonald's writing is excellent, mind. It's the only thing that kept me reading to the end. That, and I very much like Jodenny as a character.
The story was a bit drawn-out though. I think this book could have easily been half as long as it was, and the story could have still been conveyed. She keeps you guessing about Myell's time travel through three-quarters of the book and plows through the rest once the proverbial cat is out of the bag.
It was still a great read, though.