Now, after two researchers conducted unauthorized experiments on it, something has awakened inside, something as old as time, wielding incalculable power and an agenda of doom. While America's military struggles against an impossible power, only a 12-year-old crippled computer hacker and an aging police detective hold the key to the artifact. But they must overcome disbelieving authorities in a desperate race against time, with the very survival of humanity in the balance.
©2005 Patrick Astre; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Galactic intrigue combines with military science fiction in a tightly woven, intricate story with strong male and female characters....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Well... this book is hard to rate because it's like listening to a B movie. If you like B movies, you'd probably think this story deserves a 4, and if you don't like B movies, you'd probably give it a 2.
It's not science fiction as I'd normally think of science fiction - it's more like an alien invasion type thing (think Independence Day but very low budget). The "reality" of the book is current day, not future, so, if the "alien" was from another country instead of another planet, this would be military fiction, not science fiction.
For example, the author describes, in detail, the type of ammunition used, the weight capacities of helicopters, the nature of nuclear fusion, etc... which is good if you like that stuff, but it's not really science fiction, more like science fact (and no I have no idea how accurate the info is because I don't really do much research into how many rounds a specific weapon can hold - so it may not even be science fact).
Lots of stereotypes: genius boy in a wheelchair, cop with disfunctional relationship, spinstery librarian... you name it, the stereotype is in here.
The reader speaks well, the story is interesting and definitely finish-able and, while a bit predictable, it has a nice pace. Overall it is a decent listen.
This seems more like a writing project on including as much description as possible in your work. This quickly becomes tiresome when it has nothing to do with moving the story along. It is particularly annoying when the details are also wrong. Anyone familiar with computer systems, science, or weapons systems will wince at the incorrect information. Character reactions also don't ring true and slow any momemtum the story might have achieved - one moment the world is about to end, yet there's time to enjoy a milkshake and a cup of coffee! The ending is also rather unsatisfying. The book desperately needs a good editor and fact checker.
There's always something to read in my purse
wasting a credit on this book. I guess it could have been worse, but it would take a while to decide exactly how.
I couldn't listen to the whole thing. Yes, the plot is a little simple and the characters flat, but there were grammatical errors that I just couldn't handle. Do editors still exist?
I downloaded this without reading through the reviews, and I wish I had.
The writing style is probably well-suited for a young teenager, but adult readers will probably find it a bit dull and unoriginal. The plot is predictable and not laid out well enough to create any sense of suspense - so much so that I kept reading because I could not believe that this novel had gotten any stars at all and that something new and interesting must be about to happen, but never panned out. The science behind this "science" fiction novel required a huge suspension of disbelief. Overall I felt cheated at the end of the novel, not believing that I had wasted an entire months credit in order to listen to it. If you really like B Sci-Fi then by all means read it, but otherwise spend your money or your credits on something else.
This book is not worth your time. The author artlessly bumbles along with a simple plot assembled from a few established science fiction devices (the sinister device that falls to earth, the physically disabled genius child, the alien presence that waits for eons beneath our feet, the alien disease that heals the victim and then mutates him). The story is very straightforward and you will correctly detect the coming of a convenient and simple ending. The exact manner of the ending will surprise you, but only because it is laughably ridiculous.
The author's writing skills are like those of an above-average high school student, though he manages to carry the plot through 200 pages whereas the student might give up after writing only a few chapters. He has an addiction to bad simile; almost every paragraph contains a line where one thing is compared to another using the word "like." He compares many aspects of the alien’s attack to Satan or to hell, and he does it so much that it becomes boring ("like a scratch from the claw of Satan," "like the fires of hell," "like the anger of the devil himself," etc...). His writing is comically poor at times, as when a character is knocked to the ground "like a bat hitting wet sand."
If a fourteen-year-old showed me this work, I would praise it and say that with lots of practice and a little instruction in college, he might become the next Michael Crichton (who is known for imaginative technical plots and mediocre writing).
The narrator has a pleasant voice, but he drones along in the style of a documentary. I think he would do better to narrate an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. His character voices are mostly consistent, but they sound too similar to each other. His impersonation of the black characters is a little too close to mockery.
In the world of science fiction, I could find nothing new in this book. The plot was unsophisticated and the characters were undeveloped. It was worth the time to listen to it, but that's about all.
I was excited about this read based on the publishers summary and the one review. Saddly disappointing. Written at about an eighth grade level and wrought with plot weakness. Save your money and time. I never write reviews but felt the need to spare others.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
This was a satisfying and surprisingly engaging SF page turner... Reads a bit like a pulp, but it works... Evil aliens, heroic characters, sscience amuck, and a gratifying conclusion... What mor could you ask for??? The narration was hard to get used to, but the story was good enough to overcome it...
suspense, drama, possible.
Scott Sigler's "Infection", same type of space invasion.
The junkie killing up the the drug dealers and destroying the place
We have no idea what may be buried under our own backyard.
Patrick Astre took the space alien to a different place and for me it worked. I don't usually reread or re-listen to a book unless it is a great book. I've re-listened to a some of Dean Koontz's books like "Intensity" and a few of Steven Kings books like "DreamCatcher". I have re-listened to this book several times. This book ranks right up there and I would like to hear more from Patrick Astre and Patrick Cullen did a great job narrating this book.
Report Inappropriate Content