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In Douglas Preston's Impact, Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia... to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world. A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast... and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing. High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars... and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.
Publisher: [United States] : Macmillan Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427206824
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 43 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Sowers, Scott
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May 28, 2015

I’m not sure how libraries or others classify this book, as science fiction or spy thriller, but it is a bit of both. The lead character, Wyman Ford, is a James Bond-like figure, quite over the top, but good fun if you accept that going in. The plot is imaginative and the action scenes superb. The author appears to have done a good deal of research on astronomy and seamanship off the Maine coast among other things. The story bordered on the plausible at all times. The characters are really too one-dimensional, either good or evil, and the good ones impossibly smart and knowledgeable about virtually everything, which makes this disturbingly close to comic-book quality, but I enjoyed it. I listened to the CD version. At first I didn’t like the reader as his voice is a bit coarse, but he turned out to be a good actor and did the book justice. My one big complaint is that the language and characters were unnecessarily crude throughout much of the book, with numerous racial and sexual epithets and descriptions on top of the usual obscenities.

Jun 23, 2014

'Impact' starts out with Wyman Ford being sent on a secret expedition to Cambodia. At the same time a brilliant meteor lights up the Maine Coast. In a seemingly unrelated manner a scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers a source of gamma rays in the outer solar system from a disk his boss mailed to him before he is murdered. Are all these isolated incidents or related? The book unfolds in a very interesting fashion answering this question and kept me enthralled. There are other rather unsavory characters introduced from time to time and I was really concerned that they may get what they wanted . The book is a very interesting sci-fi thriller.

Oct 22, 2012

Great story--fun to see multiple story lines come together. Just a touch of SciFi, but not too much for someone who doesn't enjoy this genre of writing. Scott Sowers did an awesome job of narrating the story!! 9 of 10 for me.

Mar 21, 2012

Enjoyed the read. 6 of 10 for me.


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Jun 26, 2013

An interesting, action story of a device around Mars threatening the Earth.


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