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Impact by Douglas Preston

Impact (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Douglas Preston

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Wyman Ford and a team of scientists must figure out how to destroy an alien doomsday weapon aimed at Earth, and the only tools at their disposal are a handful of weaponless machines--the Mars Orbiter, a lander, and a few satellites.
Authors:Douglas Preston
Info:Forge Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Impact by Douglas Preston (2010)



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Starts with a big fat doobie and a radioactive gem and gets worse from there. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
So let me start by saying this is my first book by the author. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. Overall it was a good story, but I was hung up on a few things. Like others had mentioned, the Pakistani angle really just came out of nowhere and seemed somewhat thrown in, maybe in place of another idea he decided not to run down either for page count sake or some other reason like transitioning it to the topic of another work.

I got a pretty good visualization of the action scenes from his writing style. The chase from the hotel, and the boat ramming were two good examples. The writing style really made me feel more like I was watching it or talking with an really animated friend about it, not just reading.

Solid win from me. I’ll definitely be checking out more from Mr. Preston. ( )
  jons0813 | Oct 27, 2018 |
Impact is a very well plotted science fiction thriller. It's a true "page-turner" that gathers steam and manages to hold up right through to the end.

The premise is that there has been some kind of anomalous cosmic event that has impacted earth and there might be an ongoing conspiracy of some kind to keep knowledge of the "event" from reaching the people of the world.

The characters are well drawn if a little cliched and I think the author invests a little too much energy in long action scenes especially at the end.

I would have liked to have read more background about the science behind the central premise of the book.

These are small complaints and I would recommend the book to anyone who like thrillers or science fiction or even global-conspiracy themes.

I would also recommend one of the authors' non-fiction books, The Monster of Florence which is a travelogue/serial killer mashup about the city of Florence and a series of awful murders that took place in the 1970-80's. ( )
  blnq | Dec 27, 2016 |
What we have here are three concentric stories enveloped in a bigger story.

A series of strange and exotic gemstones never before seen suddenly start to show up and garner the interest of the CIA. Why? The stones have never been seen before. Oh, and they're quite deadly from a radioactivity standpoint. Wyman Ford is contacted by his old CIA higher ups in order to head to cambodia and take pictures of the mine.

At the same time the gems start showing up in Cambodia, a waitress/Princeton University dropout in Maine (Abbey) is using her telescope to gaze at the stars when she captures a picture of a meteoroid that struck the earth at just that time and landed off the coast of Maine. She's the only one who has any idea of the general area in which it fell. What's her idea? Find it and sell it on ebay!

Moving across the coast to California and the National Propulsion Facility at Cal Tech. A Mars mapping mission was set in motion nearly a year ago. Its mission to take high resolution pictures of the surface of Mars as well as using ground penetrating radar to see below the surface. An employee of NPF and professor at Cal Tech finds some strange gamma ray emissions from the surface of mars during his usual work. He finds the anomaly dangerous and brings it to his superiors. This being impossible, his superiors call him crazy, discredit him and have him fired. Shortly after he's found in his home, mysteriously murdered by a homeless person, but not before he forwards his research to one Mark Corso, senior technician on the Mars mapping project. Mark's curiousity gets the better of him and he delves into the stolen data only to find a shocking discovery.

Read Impact with a sense of fun. Enjoy it as the thrill ride, and the homage to the greats of science fiction that it is.

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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Fast paced, and interesting all the way through. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Blasphemy" comes an apocalyptic thriller in the tradition of "The Andromeda Strain." An unusually alarming and thoughtful thriller . . . clever and terrifying.
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Wyman Ford, the former CIA agent turned freelance investigator introduced in Blasphemy (2008), returns. This time the U.S. government sends him on a seemingly straightforward mission to locate a secret Cambodian mine, the source of some unusual gemstones. But Ford’s assignment quickly gets a lot more complicated, and soon he’s immersed in a mystery involving conspiracy, murder, and a strange object buried in a moon of Mars, an object that might be about to unleash something unimaginable upon Earth.
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