Thursday, 3 June 2010

THRILLER REVIEW: Impact - Douglas Preston


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. Two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island anxious 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.


Having just read Douglas’ last offering I really wasn’t expecting that much, a bit of escapism, a touch of fast paced action but that’s about it. What unfurled blew the last piece out of the water.

The concept was fresher, the characters a bit more rounded (if still a bit boring) and a good bit of fun was finished off with the author’s trademark pace with a bit more believable science. It won’t win awards but the concept was pretty good alongside a great bit of mystery. Definitely worth a punt if you want a bit of Action escapism.

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