Jack McDevitt has, over the past few years, become one of my favorite authors. His masterful writings of a future where humankind hasn't changed a bit regularly draws me in like few others. "The Hercules Text" is his earliest novel, and it shows in some ways. The plot isn't quite as engaging as that of his later works, and some of the dialogue is a bit awkward. Also problematic were a high use of profanity and some sexual content. However, it does earn points in my book for positive portrayals of those of the Christian faith, and the "news" updates were a nice touch. This shouldn't be your first McDevitt novel, but, if you've read and enjoyed his previous works, you'll probably like this.