Dark Matter is an engaging tale of corrupt corporate interests. The basic premise is that a private launch company has secretly placed a killer satell..Show More »ite in orbit and has been "practicing" on competitor launches to enhance their business position (all this is revealed right at the start, so no spoiler concerns). After a dramatic space survival sequence, the US government learns that the latest malfunction was no accident and a former Navy Seal who happens to have a fiancee aboard the space station is charged with tracking the killers down. At the same time, the Chinese who also have suffered a similar fate with their recent launch undertake an overlapping hunt that finally comes together at the end.
The timeframe is present day with few sci-fi elements (space based particle beam weapons, nifty underwater visualization technology, and powerful dive equipment). Much of the action takes place in or on oceans or in space. The action is almost non-stop with good pacing and many "white-knuckle" sequences. Multiple players (astronauts, engineers, computer guys, etc.) all step up to help save the day. The major detraction is that the "evil CEO" is an almost female version of Dr. Evil hoping to escape for the sequel (when the US and Chinese navies have you surrounded in the middle of the ocean, escape is meaningless).
The narration is suboptimal with a rapid, booming broadcaster's delivery that suggest a sporting event rather than a thriller and is especially unsatisfactory for female voices.
Tom Grace has created a spell binding story of intrigue that weaves its way through the Vatican, China, and the Mafia. The Pope requests the help of ..Show More »a former Navy Seal to aide him in the release a Chinese Bishop whatever it takes. The Bishop has been imprisoned for over 30 years for not revoking his religion. When the Pope dies in his sleep several days later, a drastic plan is put into place; time is against them, the next Pope may rescind the order to rescue the Bishop. In the background, the US President has offered the Pope help on an unofficial level. The help comes in the way of volunteer Navy Seals and exciting prototype equipment no one has seen yet. It leads to a story line that keeps you bound to this book page by page to the very astounding end. I highly recommend this book.