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The Artifact | [Patrick Astre]

The Artifact

Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.
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Publisher's Summary

Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of the 2004 Salvo Press Mystery Novel of the Year Award

"Galactic intrigue combines with military science fiction in a tightly woven, intricate story with strong male and female characters....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Cheryl West Chester, OH, United States 08-10-06
    Cheryl West Chester, OH, United States 08-10-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "The Artifact (Unabridged)"

    I found this book very interesting, full of suspense and mystery.
    If you like things "not of this world" then you'll probably like this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie B. Harberg Castro Valley, CA United States 07-20-06
    Jackie B. Harberg Castro Valley, CA United States 07-20-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Loved it"

    I am looking forward to his next book. Loved his style, very much like Stephen King of old.

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    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 07-07-06
    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 07-07-06
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    "Nice twist of Sci-fi"

    This book was well written and was very interesting. The entire premise is interesting and reminds me of the War of the Worlds in some respects. The author paints an interesting picture of this nearly unstoppable alien force that takes an interesting twist in the end.

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    Jdstratt 06-26-06
    Jdstratt 06-26-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Not that Bad"

    It was not the best sci-fi I've ever read but, it was entertaining. It held my attention and the plot, though not unique, was interesting.

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    Phillip Dallas, GA, United States 06-13-06
    Phillip Dallas, GA, United States 06-13-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining Artifact"

    Not a great book, but an entertaining text to listen to. The thesis of the story is a bit of a stretch, as is the final hero, but if you can live with that, it was worth the money.

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    Holly L. Njus IA 11-23-08
    Holly L. Njus IA 11-23-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent Download"

    This was a great purchase. The dramatization was excellent. It definitely kept you involved with the story. Definitely not for children.

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    Neil Nottingham, United Kingdom 05-25-07
    Neil Nottingham, United Kingdom 05-25-07 Member Since 2003
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    "1st Class Sci-Fi"

    An exciting book with good descriptive content! If you are using a portable player ensure the battery is fully charged before playing the book or you will be counting down the seconds while your battery is re-charging.

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    Nathan Columbia, MO, USA 09-26-07
    Nathan Columbia, MO, USA 09-26-07
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    "poorly written"

    I was expecting more. Feels a lot like a Michael Crichton book (similar pace and plot devices).

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