Impact

Douglas Preston, Author . Forge $25.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1768-1

Near the start of this solid thriller from bestseller Preston, the U.S. president's science adviser asks former CIA operative Wyman Ford, last seen in 2008's Blasphemy , to look into the sudden appearance of radioactive gemstones, in particular to identify the precise location of their origin in Cambodia. Meanwhile, college dropout and frustrated astronomer Abbey Straw, who believes she witnessed a meteor's fall, embarks on a search of small islands near her Maine home to locate pieces of the meteorite to sell on eBay. In California, soon-to-be murdered professor Jason Freeman sends Mark Corso, a Mars mission technician at the National Propulsion Facility, a classified hard drive with evidence of gamma rays emanating from the red planet. The three story lines end up neatly intersecting, though the final payoff doesn't do justice to the engaging setup. Preston refrains from inserting the scientific minilectures of which the late Michael Crichton was so fond. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/02/2009
Release date: 01/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-2-8098-0469-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 432 pages
Ebook - 368 pages - 978-1-4299-6784-6
Paperback - 426 pages - 978-0-307-88271-4
Library Binding - 479 pages - 978-1-60285-658-5
Compact Disc - 9 pages - 978-1-4272-0681-7
Paperback - 364 pages - 978-0-230-74297-0
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