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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: New York : Forge, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765317681
Branch Call Number: FIC PRESTON
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 25 cm.


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May 05, 2018

Impact was the first novel that I have read by Douglas J. Preston. A cross between a murder mystery and a not so believable science fiction. I certainly can believe that we are not alone in this Universe but I could in-no-way see why an Alien Race would set up a killer machine millions of years ago on one of the moons orbiting Mars of all places. Further, the ridiculous possibility that the machine would still be working. In spite of that stretch of ones imagination, I still enjoyed the book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

Apr 03, 2018

Long, long ago, in 2009, few male writers were making an effort to write strong female characters--much less strong, brilliant, female teenage characters. Preston took a chance at offending his mostly male readership with a brilliant 20-year-old central character who outsmarts Silicon Valley highly educated nerds. He may have offended a few readers who have no time for women characters (same people who couldn't watch the Mad Max movie featuring a female lead) but he won me over with this book. This is good sci-fi.

Mar 05, 2014

Not one of Preston's best but he's a very good writer, even one of his "okay" efforts is entertaining and will keep you reading until the end

Aug 22, 2011

Simply not up to par with his previous novel 'Blasphemy.' Elementary and uninteresting with a dud of a conclusion. Surprisingly disappointing from an author with such a solid track record.

teacupfaerie Mar 01, 2011

not as good as the others, but still a good read.

Jun 21, 2010

Written for teen-agers with no real sci-fi meat.

May 26, 2010

Creative, exciting and well written. Recommended for all. 10 of 10 stars


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Jun 21, 2010

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