At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.
On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!
While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.
From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.
The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins!
©2010 Valmore Daniels (P)2014 Valmore Daniels
Don't buy the audio book, but buy a print edition. The story line is good except for too many details on measurements. Listening to strings of numbers being read over and over is boring. The "squeal" between scenes hurt my ears and had me dreading the end of a scene. The computer text read as "head in a bucket" was hard to follow. Possibly, a preteen kid might enjoy the effects.
No particular favorite.
Squeals and "head in a bucket" computer output.
Detailed lists of numbers and formulas. I am a physicist and it was too much for me.
Buy the print edition. You skip the irritating special effects and can scan over the boring numeric details.
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