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Link to The Webs of Varok on AskDavid.com.
It got a great review from Douglas Cobb, including an overview of the series. Read the full review on Book Spot Central. and more reviews on Amazon.com, ArchivesofVarok.com and AskDavid.
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An exciting review by Frank Kaminski includes a detailed synopsis of both books, A Place Beyond Man and The Webs of Varok. Click here
Frank Kaminski .
...it is an involving, well-plotted story that does justice to both the hard science underpinning its interplanetary settings and the long evolutionary perspectives typical of the old scientific romances
The version of A Place Beyond Man reviewed here is an Author's Guild Backinprint.com Edition that came out in June 2011, the original having long since gone out of print. And what a worthy revival it is, in both its continued timeliness and its intelligent, believable rendering of alien values and cultures.
Its sequel, The Webs of Varok, was a long time in coming, but it's finally here waiting to be discovered by a new generation. And I’m happy to report that the 38-year lapse between offerings has not dimmed Neeper’s storytelling ability nor dampened her ambition: the new novel is every bit as well made, poignant and entertaining as its predecessor.
When the varoks discover Ellason and try to save the aquatic ellls from ecological disaster, they trigger violent reactions, as well as civil war. Not until a disabled young elll and an idealistic varok put their lives on the line do the two species give up enough of their self-importance to communicate effectively.