The second book in the popular Engines of God series.
In 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate the rare, life-supportingplanet of Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, it is hurtling through space and the opportunity to study it is about to be obliterated.
With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla 'Hutch' Hutchins - the only even remotely qualified professional within light years of the ill-fated planet - must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its life forms and lost civilizations before time runs out.
But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad as the clock ticks towards apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called Deepsix.
No one does it better than Jack McDevitt - Robert J. Sawyer
You ever wonder how fast the speed of light is? Slightly slower than the time it takes to read the last hundred pages of Deepsix - Macon Times
Jack McDevitt is that splendid rarity, a writer who is a storyteller first and a science fiction writer second - Stephen King