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Impact by Douglas Preston

February 23rd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Library book

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Forge Books

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

I am in general a fan of the Preston/Lincoln books and was interested to see how this solo book would be.  I loved the premise and the story itself was a fun read.  Some parts were hard to believe like Abbey having attended just 1 or 2 years of college level astronomy classes and being able to do a lot of what she did.  Still if you ignore those types of things and just go with the flow this makes an enjoyable read.  Abbey is a mouthy young girl who while not the most likeable person you have to start feeling bad for her after she gets herself into one bad situation after another.  Ford immediately wins a spot in my heart from his actions early on in the book.   I have mixed feelings when we finally find out who the mole at the National Propulsion Facility is because it comes as a surprise but almost too much so that it seems a little off base.

The main reason I did not give this book a higher rating is the end was very anti-climatic for me.  You have all this great build up and then at the end I was thinking to myself, “Really? That’s how it’s going to end?  Kind of lame.”  Still it’s a book worth picking up if you are a fan of Preston’s other books.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Action, Books

2 Responses

  1. MarthaE

    Hi Debbie! Saw Preston on the blog roll and had to come check out your review. The Pendergast books are a few that my DH will listen to on audible. Sorry to here the ending is lame. DH wouldn’t be happy about that! :)

  2. dsuzuki

    MarthaE-the Pendergast books are much better in my opinion than this book. I need to get my hubby to try them. He rarely reads books but I’ve been able to get him to read one or two of my favorite action authors.

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