Double Full Moon Night

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Bantam Books, Apr 1, 1999 - Fiction - 310 pages
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From Gentry Lee,New York Timesbestselling co-author with Arthur C. Clarke of the Rama series, comes the magnificent sequel toBright Messengers, his first solo novel set in the Rama universe. InDouble Full Moon Night, Lee continues the saga of Johann, Beatrice, and the Martian colonists chosen to embark on one of the most thrilling and mysterious adventures in human history. For engineer Johann Eberhardt, life has come down to this: a tiny but bountiful island inside a vast alien sphere that is both paradise and prison. Eight years ago, Johann, accompanied by nine Martian colonists, entered the sphere with his beloved Beatrice, priestess-bishop of the Order of St. Michael, searching for the true nature of the mystical visitors some said were extraterrestrial--and others said came from God. Once inside the sphere, the colonists were separated and Johann has since lived in virtual isolation to raise the daughter Beatrice left behind after her tragic death. Now the island paradise Johann shares with the child Maria has been invaded by a violent and enigmatic life-form. Risking everything, Johann begins a dangerous journey across the water in search of safety and his fellow colonists. It is an odyssey that is beset with deadly peril: from strange sentient creatures to imprisonment in an underwater world by a species whose motives may be benevolent. But it is when the colonists are reunited and transported to an exotic planet that the true challenge for survival begins. For as dissension and jealousy threaten to divide his fellow settlers, Johann is visited by Beatrice with a dire warning: Johann must learn from the planet's creatures how to survive the upcoming "double full moon night." If not, they will all be destroyed, leaving forever unanswered the secrets of the universe they have traveled so far--and sacrificed so much--to discover.

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User Review  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

The function of Rama is nowhere near as clear as the function of this novel and its prequel, 'Bright Messengers', and that is to give us the back story of the child Maria, found abandoned in the ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Lee's sequel to Bright Messengers (1995) comes with a solid synopsis: eight years previously, engineer Johann Eberhardt, some Martian colonists, and a number of saintly Michaelite nuns, previously ... Read full review


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Gentry Lee has been chief engineer on Project Galileo, director of science analysis and mission planning for NASA's Viking mission to Mars, and partner with Carl Sagan in the design, development, and implementation of the television series Cosmos.  He is co-author of Rama II, The Garden of Rama, and Rama Revealed.  He lives in Texas, where he is at work on a new novel.