I'm happy to have finally dislodged the mote in God's eye from my reading list. This book had a great premise. Humanity encounters an alien culture for the first time. However, the alien culture manages to keep a big secret until it's almost too late for humanity to prevent disaster. Too bad I figured out their secret so early in the book as to not really be surprised at the big reveal. Oh well.
While the premise of the book was interesting, I think it suffered being written by 2 authors. There were times when the story was well-written, times when it was boring, and times when it was incomprehensible. There were even a couple of places where the book went from 3rd person to 1st person narration for a couple of sentences. More and more, I'm starting to think that some authors with name recognition don't end up having their works edited as thoroughly as they should be. Especially in science fiction, I think editors are shy of admitting that something doesn't make sense lest they be called a fool for not being able to follow the science or logic of the author.
I suppose I'm glad that I've read this, but I certainly wouldn't want to be made to read it again. And there's no way I'd want to continue with the other books in the series. No thank you.