Two young women borrow a boat and head off into the islands off the Maine coast to find the impact crater of a meteor. Wyman Ford has been given a secret assignment to locate the source of some very mysterious and otherworldly gemstones in Cambodia. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility, working from information given to him by a colleague, has discovered an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars. This feature seems to have been activated, and the clock is ticking.
I have come to rely on Douglas Preston for thrillers that pique my imagination, and he's done it again with Impact. Preston has teamed Ford with a beguiling amateur who's incredibly short on experience and extremely gifted with intuition and flying by the seat of her pants. It's just the right mix as the two work to find out what's happening on Earth and just how Mars is involved. The only small blight on an otherwise bright reading experience for me was the ending. Preston opted for an optimistic ending, but the cynic in me didn't feel that it would hold up to any sort of scrutiny. However, I do love reading his thrillers!
Impact by Douglas Preston
Forge Books © 2009
eBook, 380 pages
Thriller, #3 Wyman Ford
Source: Purchased as an eBook from Amazon.