Bioengineered dolphins, chimpanzees and humans captaining spaceships. A galaxy of baddies after them for a secret they don't know they have. An engineers' dream of working with what you have. Folklore, culture, mythology, superstitions of other life forms.
A love story. A lust story. A coming-of-age story.
A heart-in-your-throat, thrill a minute roller-coaster of a story.
Startide Rising by David Brin