Set just before the time of Rama II, Bright Messengers begins with humanity in the midst of a massive economic depression called the Great Chaos. Yet even as civilization seems on the verge of collapse, a strange vision appears to two people of vastly different backgrounds, holding out the promise of hope - and the threat of danger.
To Sister Beatrice, a priestess of the global Order of St. Michael, the cloud of tiny white particles is a message from God, the answer to the prayers of a suffering world. To Johann Eberhardt, a German systems engineer, it is an anomaly of physics, a puzzle just beyond the reach of his rational mind. But to the Rama Society, a group committed to the study of unexplained phenomena, it may be proof of the nonhuman intelligence they've been seeking ever since the brief and enigmatic appearance of a cylindrical spaceship of unknown origin ten years earlier.
On Mars, these two will meet: the priestess called by faith and devotion, the engineer drawn by the scientific challenge of terraforming the red planet. What brings them together is the apparent disappearance of an Inter-Asian polar expedition leaving behind nothing but a fabulous account of a vast city beneath the Martian landscape. Soon Beatrice and Johann - mystic and skeptic, woman of spirit and man of science - will embark on a courageous journey into the heart of the unknown.
Are the particles angels, as Sister Beatrice believes? Some rational - if unprecedented - natural phenomenon, as Johann argues? Or the harbingers of extraterrestrial life, as the Rama Society contends? Joined by nine Martian colonists, Beatrice and Johann will be chosen to board a strange craft that will hurtle them toward a startling revelation of humanity's ultimate place among the stars.
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Review: Bright Messengers: A New Novel Set in the Rama UniverseUser Review - Shane - Goodreads
Great Book set in the Rama Universe. If you like the how the story is told in the Rama series, this book (two actually) continues in the same manner. These two books actually ties up a loose end in ... Read full review
Review: Bright Messengers: A New Novel Set in the Rama UniverseUser Review - Chuck - Goodreads
Page-turner, but in the end, I felt like it never really gave me anything to think about. Maybe it'll all come together in part 2. Read full review