Life Probe by Michael McCollum
Rating 3.5 out of 5
I personally found the political tensions and the resulting space war rather boring. I would have preferred more emphasis on the Makers civilisation and the probe's journey. The characters are quite 2-D and you never really associate with anyone in particular. In fact, character development was rather lacking in this book. There are goody two shoes and there are evil ones! Very flat.
I did enjoy reading the Alien Probe's view of humanity - very perceptive. In addition, the scientific discussions are really interesting. Overall, it is a good book though slow at times.