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ISBN: 0330441876
Author: Ray Hammond
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan UK; Unabridged edition edition (March 1, 2007)
Pages: 389
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 534
Size Fb2: 1969 kb
Size ePub: 1122 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The first alien radio transmissions have been received on Earth-a torrent of encrypted information that no human or computer can crack. But the decision to reply is made.

Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. It's still a good book and worth the quid I paid for it. I DO recommend it because it is original and entertaining. A final warning: Don't let gobbledegook cloud your judgment. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Cloud.

Ray Hammond is a British author and futurist. Digital Business: Surviving and Thriving In An On-Line World (1996). The Modern Frankenstein - Fiction Becomes Fact (1986). The Musician and the Micro (1983). Ray Hammond home page.

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2033. The first alien radio transmissions have been received on Earth—a torrent of encrypted information that no human or computer can crack. But the decision to reply is made, and messages of goodwill are beamed into deep space. Thirty years later, just as humankind is expecting a reply from the aliens, the signals disappear. Then scientists detect a space cloud approaching the solar system at high speed. Immense in size, immeasurable in power, this blazing storm of energy is on a collision course with Earth. As one man desperately struggles to decode the original transmissions, Earth prepares to launch a nuclear attack against a seemingly unstoppable foe. As the cloud rages through the solar system, the alien code is finally broken—and mankind realizes that the enemy is far closer than they knew….

Comments:

Dranar
I tried. I really tried to finish this book. It had one interesting idea I wanted to see play out, but the absurd tech and military plot holes eventually caved the story. Really? The prez is going to take a spare 12 hours to call world leaders when you’ve just said that he has them all in constant communication? Main character is going to fly to Boston in the middle of multiple hurricanes? Why? So you can stop a super AI with the magic boxes that your friends built? I just got tired of the endless tech magic and military absurdity.
Tenius
I liked this book and read it straight through, which means I was fully engaged. There are two main ideas that the author successfully weaves together for an intriguing, original story, one that is thought-provoking and intelligent. This makes for good science fiction; however, I felt that character development was sacrificed in order to craft a cautionary tale.

The cautionary nature of the story at times slows the pace with technobabble, which I began to skim. There were also a few instances where characters acted in ways that didn't makes sense or seem feasible, and that was distracting.

Two areas that really bugged me:

1. The action and protagonists were American, but the author used British spellings (tyres instead of tires, defence in place of defense) and British terms (torch instead of flashlight, flat versus apartment). These are minor annoyances; however, they impede the willful suspension of disbelief which is key to becoming absorbed in a sci-fi or fantasy story. It's like suddenly stubbing your toe.

2. Patriarchy... really... ? That's what we have to look forward to in the future, the continuation of male-dominated society?

I have no doubt humankind will make stupid technological blunders in times to come, but at least in fiction we can aspire to greater diversity and equality, in villainy as well as heroics.

These aggravations brought my rating to four stars. It's still a good book and worth the quid I paid for it. I DO recommend it because it is original and entertaining.

A final warning: Don't let gobbledegook cloud your judgment.
Ice_One_Guys
For fans of movies like Battleship, The Cloud is an excellent, exciting, first contact story. Very fast-moving, it was action-driven for the first half, then more character-driven after that. Some high tech computer elements as well: the author envisions interesting developments in computing.

Though the author is British, the novel takes place (mostly) in the US, so there are some spelling differences (practise, tyres). Also some factual errors: a submarine is described as 200 miles west of Shanghai (should be east), and one incorrect sentence: "I'll ask you again Professor Yates" should have Duncan as the correct name. Also a "barometric plunge" was used for a "thermometric plunge". At one point, 10% of the world's population is dead and we're told it was 10 million dead. Unless there has been some future tragedy, the 10% should have been 600-700 million (the book takes place later this century). I also thought some of the abrupt changes, indicated by a slightly wider line break, should have been new chapters.

Errors aside, the novel was horrific in the events being described, so was more a sci-fi/horror novel. I finished it in 2 days, quick for me.
Recommended for sci fi readers.
Murn
You can totally believe it when someone says this book is a page turner. I read the whole thing in one sitting. It is fascinating to watch humans' creativity in attempting to save Earth. As soon as one dilemma is resolved, the author comes up with another challenge. For me, he writes so plausibly that I found myself reminding me to breathe for most of the book.

Buy it if you want to stay up all night, racing through the pages to see if the planet will survive the Cloud. But wait until the weekend to read it so you won't have to explain to your boss that you are sleeping at your desk because Ray Hammond held you captive with his superb novel.
Ť.ħ.ê_Ĉ.õ.о.Ł
"The Cloud" is an intriguing and thought provoking read. We've never known just who or what is residing in the vast universe around us might turn out to be, and we might be a bit naive to assume whatever entities are "out there" would, necessarily, be friendly.
"The Cloud" has enough hard science to make it a realistic read, but enough heart to develop appealing characters. I would compare this to "The Martian" in the way technical jargon is interwoven in such a way as to make the story believable, yet not overwhelm those of us who aren't scientists. Enjoyed the book, would highly recommend it, and I'm checking out other works by this author.
digytal soul
This story really had promise. Up to the halfway point, it had me entrapped. After that it fell apart with so many plot holes, inconsistency, super-technical mumbo jumbo and down right insulting to any readers common sense. I'm currently at 86% and I had to stop just to voice my frustration. I started having so many issues with the story that I couldn't keep track. Like you're going to fly around the world in 56 hours just so the main character can be there to drop everyone off but if you don't get back to Arizona then the whole thing falls apart. Really? Why did you go with them? Why didn't they send two planes one heading West, the other east to get this done a day earlier? Why not just get the president to ask the other nations to send out their own tech wizards or military to destoy the system? The whole world is in the middle of an apocalypse but everyone is just sitting on their hands waiting for America the Brain the swoop in and save the world... again. Yay! Stupid.
One last rant. If you remove the words laser beam wall screen display yadda yadda from this book, the whole story would be ten pages long. Talk about repetitive page filling nonsense.
I feel better now.

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