“The Gripping Hand” Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle

This is the hard science fiction sequel to “The Mote in God’s Eye” and is packed with suspense, tragedy, and action that includes space battles. The duo of Niven and Pournelle have brought to paper several well written novels besides these two, including Lucifer’s Hammer, Footfall, and Inferno.

Unfortunately, the magic pens of the two are at an end as Mr. Pournelle has passed away recently. The legacy left as a duo is masterful.

Story line: Contains spoilers.

The blockade set to keep the Moties in their own space is set. Or is it? Horace Bury is back, as well as Kevin Renner, Lord and Lady Blaine and their children, Glenda Ruth Blaine and Chris Blaine.

Another jump site is about to materialize and there aren’t enough Empire ships to maintain two blockades. This excellent read takes you on the journey with the characters as they try to find a solution to keep the Moties in check. A solution that may require a return trip to Mote Prime.