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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 sourceWyman 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....

Title : Impact
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ISBN : 9780765317681
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Number of Pages : 364 Pages
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Impact Reviews

  • Arah-Lynda
    2019-01-02 06:11

    Score! !Two young women witness a brilliant meteor that lights up the sky and then falls to earth just off the Maine coast………….Be warned, for such a small book, this one hosts a big, big story, so you best tinkle, if need be, gather your tea and biscuits, get comfy, strap in. You’re going to be here a while.This is my first Douglas Preston novel and I gotta tell you, he picked me up and threw me head first into the thick of this story and then, quite simply, pumped up the volume. A fast paced, action packed, thriller with an X File edge.I had a great time here!

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-12-28 00:55

    I appreciate the efforts that Douglas Preston put in this book. I know it is hard to write. With the many books already in the market and the new books coming out every month, is there anything else that has not be been written about? I know that the plot’s limit can be as wide as the scope of the imagination of the writer, but there should still be, some sense in the story. Do you agree? Otherwise, if we patronize those books with outlandish, silly and impossible to happen plots those writers will start to believe that some readers are indeed gullible and can be fooled to believe anything. Case in point is this sci-fi, mystery-thriller book. It’s about a meteorite that hits the earth. It falls somewhere in Maine, USA. So, the characters go there to look at the crater. That is a normal behavior when you see a meteorite falling. Fine. Up to this point, it’s believable. It’s normal. But the book will not sell. So, the editor tells Preston to revise the book. So, he goes on: the meteorite has the size of an orange that you can buy in the supermarket but it creates a crater that has a diameter of 5 feet. And, hold your breath, the crater in Maine is actually an entry point because it has an exit point! And of course it is located in the other side of the world: in Cambodia! And so some of the characters go there too to find what’s in there. At this point, it is no longer believable. The meteorite behaves like a bullet and earth with its non-impregnable core all of the sudden behaving like a human body. It is already unbelievable. It is just not normal. But Preston even went a bit too far: the meteorite comes from Mars because there is a weapon of mass destruction there! WMD of aliens in Mars!!!This is now my problem with many current science fiction books. Well, their fans can believe anything they want and fool themselves into hoping that those far-fetch scenarios can happen in the future and say “I told you so!”. When they read this review, they say, K.D. is too old to believe on these things and they start to consider un-friending me for not being as cool as them. For example, they believe that fish can be put in the ears of a man so they can speak and understand different languages. Or when they play games about planet wars in their laptops or desktops, the game could actually be a simulation and what they see on the screen is actually happening there in the galaxy far, far away.But in fairness to Preston and this book, the plot has something new in it. It’s a good combination of sci-fi and mystery-thriller genres. Preston concocted it so well, you will not recognize it right away. It also has some heart in the story by having a father and daughter tandem trying to evade the human beings who are in cahoots with the Mars aliens. The father calling out for his daughter made my heart beat faster while reading the book. For a while, I was able to empathize with the father by imagining me and my daughter in that kind of situation: Kurung! says the flying meteorite striking the truck where the father is riding and trying to find his daughter. Abbbby! Abbbby! ABBBBY! says the panicky tearful father in increasing crescendo.But so sorry, Mr. Preston. That’s the only part – a split second part – where I thought your book was worth reading. But I am not giving you a one star rating. I checked your profile here at GR and I was impressed. You are into anthropology and you must have some basis in your thought that earth can be invaded by aliens. Why not? Many articles and studies have been done about it so the curiosity must have some basis somewhere.Maybe I am just too fixated with my daily life that I better look up at the sky one of these nights and see if there are really other creatures lurking out there.

  • Colleen
    2019-01-16 05:50

    In the cold light of day, I realize now that this book makes absolutely no sense. I was suspecting a bunch of random people as the Chief Villains, since there is obviously someone siccing the assassin on the heroes; however, I couldn't really figure out who, because I couldn't fathom why someone would be trying to stop the complete annihilation of Earth. I was not very surprised though when the reveal happened even though that too stretched my disbelief to the max. Today, thinking back further on the book, it makes even less sense. So, a meteor comes streaking to earth. Waitress/genius with a fancy telescope, just happens to be smoking a blunt and taking photographs of the stars and captures a picture of the meteorite. Following day, she gets a boat (and there's other adventure too on the high seas with a meth crazed pirate after her), triangulates the meteor's position based on the photo and fancy math and Oceanic reports, and she finds the crater...but the crater doesn't seem to end!Meanwhile, ex-CIA operative gets called to DC. There's some crazy mine in Cambodia where these strange gems come from that are being sold as jewelry, but they're so highly radioactive that they're killing people. Plus they can be easily ground down to dirty bomb that will WIPE OUT ALL OF NYC! So hero hustles to Cambodia and with ease destroys the mine and outwits the tons of evil guards posted there. However, the meteor actually punched a hole through earth. So it hit Maine and went straight through to Cambodia. Waitress found the crater the next how did the people in Cambodia manage to mine and make jewelry and sell it all over the world in a matter of hours? IT MAKES NO SENSE!Events are so sped up that it makes me tired just thinking about. The waitress and the CIA guy (they meet up and join forces) travel all over the country, land, air, water, fighting off assassin and goverment and trying to stop alien death ray in the time it takes me to do my laundry.

  • Kerry Nietz
    2019-01-11 02:18

    When a friend offered to loan me this book, I had my doubts about taking it. Don’t get me wrong, I was an early fan of Preston’s works with Lincoln Child—Riptide and The Ice Limit being two of my favorites. I’ve been a lot more lukewarm with the duo’s works as separate authors, though. Preston’s last book, Blasphemy, I couldn’t finish. The Christian characters portrayed were so Hollywood stereotypical (meaning all were hypocrites, violent or ignorant) that I thought Preston had to be joking when he wrote them. I was like “seriously…have you ever met a Christian in your life…?”Regardless, I decided to give Impact a look. This time I almost didn’t get through the first chapter. Being a bit of an amateur astronomer, I couldn’t believe that one of the main characters—who is supposedly star literate—is observing the Andromeda Galaxy in the Orion Constellation. In reality, the Andromeda Galaxy is nowhere near the Orion Constellation. They’re not even in the same part of the sky! Was this going to be another book filled with faulty research? Again, I contemplated putting the book away.Thankfully, I pressed on. After that first chapter the science got a lot better. It was accurate, and even in the times where the author speculates, was at least plausible. Really made me wonder what happened with that first chapter….From a reader’s perspective, though, the book is great. It moves quickly and has a really fun, fun plot. The two main characters are very likable (Wyman Ford having appeared in other of Preston’s works) and the villains were the kind you can truly despise. There’s a good variety of locations, some nice twists and a fair conclusion. I think the only complaint I might have with the plot is that there are a few too many nautical dilemmas for my taste. But that’s purely a preference thing—some people might love all those.Overall Impact restored my faith in Douglas Preston as an author. Really enjoyed it, and look forward to what he has planned next. Well done.(One final note, this book is sprinkled with R-rated language. More so than in previous Preston books, I think. I don’t know if I’d call it gratuitous, but enough that those who notice such things would notice. )

  • Andy
    2019-01-04 04:58

    DNF at pg 132........ run of the mill thriller with cardboard characters. Not for me at all is this, gave it a go in the hope that summit unusual would leap out...... not happening..

  • Thomas Edmund
    2019-01-04 23:12

    Impact follows a collection of different characters as their lives are irreparably changed by the impact of what appears to be a meteor/meteorite/metoriod??I apologize for the spoilers throughout this review, however, this is the sort of book that you need to give everything away to explain just how poorly constructed the story is. First of all the characters. In part one of the story we have three protagonists: Abbey a young black woman just out of teenagedom, who smokes weed, makes smart-ass jokes and whose father is on her case about college. She is drawn into the story when she witnesses the plummeting meteor and steals her father’s boat to try and claim the fallen star. Corso an academic with connections to mars explorations who stumbles across secret data on an alien artefact on mars And Ford, a Jack Bower type ex-something “I don’t do that work anymore” guy who is asked to investigate a mine of rare metals that may be from out of this world. These characters are a smooth blend of cliché and stereotype and come across flat. Abbey seemed to be the only character with any back-story to speak of, perhaps merely because she is young so still close to family. Otherwise the characters simply perform what they need to do to carry out the story, there is some attempt to spice up the narrative with ugly and antisocial antagonists and implausible sex but when key characters are poorly portrayed caricatures you can only imagine what the support cast are like.In part two a serial killer antagonist is included in the mix, once again swinging the story towards thriller rather than sci-fi. Which leads onto the second problem, what genre is this book anyway? If the answer is: “an awesome crossover sci-fi thriller” then the author should have spent more time trying to make the alien plot-line remotely believable, as it stands the story reads like an espionage thriller that just happens to all be about aliens. All the tension comes from human conflict and conspiracy, so why are there aliens at all? In the end the aliens don’t even matter at all, apparently having been extinct for the past forever, we don’t even see alien technology fall into the wrong hands or any other derivative plotline. The extent of the research for this novel appears to be looking up the definition of dark matter. As if actually taking advice from “How not to write a novel” the characters frequently describe things in general terms so as to avoid the physical difficulties surrounding the concept of a ball of dark matter shooting through the middle of the earth, an alien weapon firing on earth from Demios (one of Mar’s moons) and reader’s ability to enjoy a novel that reads like a straight to TV (that’s right, even skipping DVD) movie. Perhaps the worst part of the book was the worst twist/reveal I’ve ever experienced in a novel, or even on TV (and I’ve seen the Scooby Doo cartoons) Towards the end when there is an obligatory reveal of one of the good (or at least benign) characters as a traitor we discover that an academic is actually a devout Muslim and has been selling space secrets to Pakistan. Bear in mind that neither Pakistan or Islam had featured in the novel, or been introduced as a side issue or even philosophical discussion by the cardboard characters. Considering that there were about ten more plausible explanations of how and why an academic may betray space secrets like the rest of the book this ending just left me asking why go in the Muslim direction? Why are there aliens? Why did I read this book again?

  • Josh
    2019-01-09 01:07

    Preston is often compared to Michael Crichton and there is indeed a strong resemblance, but Impact does not strike me as a Crichton novel. It has all the elements but it is missing something. First of all, much of the novel is unnecessary. Preston's attempt to achieve a dense plot made it feel like I was just wading through muck to get to the end. Preston adds complications just so they can be overcome, like cheap speed bump plotting devices designed to add tension but little else. Randall Worth's character for example is completely unnecessary. Ultimately, Worth has no serious effect on the story's outcome. The same goes for Wyman Ford's romp in Cambodia. The setting is beautifully rendered but what was it all for? To find the crater? Crichton would have flown us in on a helicopter to find the crater, skipping the unnecessary melodrama involving the Khmer Rouge. Ford's ultimate decision while at the site, and his escape from the Khmer Rouge, are both stupid and absurd. No CIA agent would make such a dumb decision and escape with his life.While the science in Impact was interesting, there wasn't enough of it. The novel only barely held my interest as we ran from an assassin, trapsed around in Cambodia, and spent chapter after chapter on choppy seas reading descriptions of every damn wave. I wanted to read about the machine and aliens, not the conspiracy and the car chases. When Preston finally got around to the science, it was hurried and unsatisfying, as if he couldn't wait to get back to the spy stuff. Worst of all, the final unveiling of the villain was so absurd that it almost had me laughing. Really? All of that trouble was caused by that guy? And for such a dumb, unrealistic reason? I have seen more believable villains on Scooby Doo.Overall, Impact just didn't do it for me. It was too much spy fiction and too little creativity or intellect. I think Preston should stick to collaborating with Lincoln Child and, please Douglas, after Riptide, The Ice Limit and now Impact, I have had enough stormy seascapes for a lifetime.

  • Mal Warwick
    2019-01-13 03:08

    Start out on the coast of Maine with a brilliant 20-year-old Princeton dropout and her less-brilliant friend puzzling over a meteor shower, cut to CalTech where office politics and other shenanigans are in full flower at the National Propulsion Facility, add one former CIA agent dispatched to the backwoods of Cambodia by the President's National Science Advisor, mix in a tweedy contract killer, and pretty soon you're caught up in a pulse-pounding tale that will drag you irresistibly toward an astounding conclusion. And even there you'll find an ironic twist that will bring a smile to your face.It's all totally preposterous, of course. The premise on which Impact is based is a lame refugee from science fiction. The ex-CIA guy -- a recurring character in some of Preston's novels -- is a little much to be believed. And that 20-year-old kid is miles off the probability charts. Somehow, though, it doesn't matter.What matters, really, is that Impact is nonetheless a ripping good read. Douglas Preston has demonstrated once again his surpassing ability to structure a book that works really well. He is clearly a master of the thriller genre, and if his plot devices are sometimes far-fetched and his characters a little short of believable, so what? Impact is a lot of fun.Douglas Preston is a best-selling writer with five novels and five nonfiction books of his own under his belt, as well as 16 other books co-authored with others, all but one of them suspense novels written with Lincoln Child. He is the brother of Richard Preston, a best-selling author and writer for The New Yorker.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-05 05:53

    A fast-paced action-adventure novel. It's not high Literature, but it's tons of fun to read if you're in the mood for an exciting, quick read. I will be reading more by this author, because I really like his style.

  • Michael
    2019-01-12 02:55

    This book caught me from the 1st few pages and held my interest throughout as few others have. This is the best Preston book so far and the comparisons to Michael Crichton though lofty are vell deserved. The characters come alive and are believable. The story carefully crafted and very clever. Kudos to Mr. Preston. Reading this was a joy. I had trouble putting it down and many household duties were put on hold. Finding the next read that measures up won't be easy.

  • itchy
    2018-12-28 01:06

    wtf?almost expected tsoukalos and his crazy do to show up for the punchlinep292: bracing himself, his legs apart and the glock desert eagle in both hands, he aimed at abbey's head and squeezed the're kidding, right?after outfitting axlp a custom les baer, this one's outright glaring;thinking of siccing imi on youp356: the winds howled, lightning flashed, and the thunder mingled with the crashing of surf on the shore to create an continuous roar of sound.

  • Matt Bradley
    2019-01-13 23:01

    My God, this book was a chore to finish. The first half of the book seemed interesting, but only because I thought it was contributing to a greater storyline that would all come together in the end. But instead you end up with a handful of bland, predictable, poorly constructed characters weakly connected by events that are not important at all to the story.A strange meteor impact spawns curiosity by amateur astronomers and CIA alike. Meanwhile, a survey of Mars is turning out some unusual gamma ray patterns. Turns out that the “meteor” was an exotic form of matter fired at Earth by an ancient, highly-advanced weapon located on one of the moons of Mars. The plot revolves around scientists discovering the truth behind these strange astronomical events, a government conspiracy to hide the information, and a surprisingly small amount of time about how to protect a very vulnerable planet.Characters: Like I said, they’re all boring, predictable, and flat. Preston makes a weak attempt at giving them complex personalities, but ends up contradicting himself on multiple levels. The most annoying case was with the main character, Abbey. On one page, she’s an amateur astronomer well versed on everything from gamma rays to planetary orbits. Only a few pages later, she’ll bemoan not studying in class because she can’t remember basic information about Mars.Plot: Mediocre at best. It could have been a good B-Grade science fiction novel, but it spends way too much time telling about things that have nothing to do with Earth’s impending doom. Towards the end of the book, I actually skipped two entire chapters because it was nothing but the main characters struggling to sail in a storm. Which reminds me, do all Preston novels have this much sailing in it? I couldn’t help but feel that he just read a “Sailing for Dummies” book, and he couldn’t wait to show off his nautical vocabulary.Overall: The book tries to be too much at once. Science fiction, action, espionage, political thriller. Unfortunately, each element is so watered down that it succeeds as none of them. Whatever genre you’re looking for, I’d recommend skipping this one.

  • Brooke
    2019-01-02 22:09

    Coming off of Blasphemy, Preston's newest solo novel is a bit of a disappointment. It's the 3rd book featuring ex-CIA agent Wyman Ford (and the 4th in a series if you count the link between The Codex and Tyrannosaur Canyon), which suggests that there should be some continuity from book to book, right?Well, Blasphemy ended with a startling bang, and I'd expect the next book in this series to mention it. But Preston didn't even give it a nod, which seemed like a wasted opportunity. After all, what's the point in using Wyman Ford again unless you want to bring his history with him? If you're not going to, why not just cook up another character? It wouldn't be difficult, especially since Wyman doesn't have much of a personality. He's just the sum of his actions; his character is solely comprised of what he does in each moment. And Preston should be better at creating memorable recurring characters than that - his books co-written with Lincoln Child are filled with them.Also, the semi-main character Abbey is a total jerk. I think we're supposed to root for her, but she constantly bullies her best friend, steals from her dad, smokes dope and does shots in physically dangerous moments when she really needs her wits about her, and worries about losing her iPod when a hitman is chasing her. Another character, Mark Corso, is equally difficult to root for, and I can't tell if we're supposed to think he's being treated unfairly or not. I think we are, but he acts so bloody pompous and entitled that I'm just not sure.The plot is typical Preston/Child - interesting and fast-paced and at times startling, but I would have enjoyed it much more if it hadn't been for the above problems. Probably because I know Preston is capable of more.

  • Dagny
    2018-12-25 23:53

    This book is a wild ride in more ways than one. It started out that I only liked about 1/3 of the first 150 pages because I hated most of the characters. One star. But then the story was finally set up and got going and after the next hundred pages, I couldn't put it down. Could have been four stars except there was too much improbability in the ending. Not the science fiction part, I can set aside disbelief for that, but the characters. It's an exciting and fun read if you can get past the preliminaries.

  • Stefan Svartling
    2018-12-26 01:49

    This was a fantastic read! It has all the ingredients I need! it's actually the best book I've read 2016 (yes I know it's 2017 now but I started it in 2016). I love these kinds of books. I don't want to reveal anything, but to me it's more of a sci-fi than the usual thriller from this author.

  • Mitchel Broussard
    2018-12-28 04:01

    I loved this one. Brilliant, exciting, surprising, funny, thrilling, scary, apocalyptic, and so much more. The simple story of 3 very random and different people from 3 very different places all being connected to a strange meteor that crashed into Earth.Mainly told from the three character's perspectives, it starts out with Abbey: an African-American small town waitress that dropped out of Princeton because she focused too much on Astronomy and Physics classes and not on her intended med-school plan. She and her friend, Jackie, witness the fall and crash of a large meteor onto a local island off the coast of Maine, and go scouting for the crater.Wyman Ford, ex CIA, now working for the President's head science adviser, gets a super secret mission to Cambodia - to find and record the location of yet another meteor crash. The crashes seem to be leaving behind rare, yet dangerously radioactive, gemstones that are selling for top dollar on the black market. On finding the site, he discovers a Middle Eastern war tyrant has taken hold of the crash site and is forcing women, men and children to mine the gemstones, slowly and surely killing them.Mark Corso is working for the National Propulsion Facility in southern California. His job is to go through the thousands of data that is retrieved from a satellite that orbits Mars. He receives a classified hard drive from his late boss, who was decapitated allegedly by a homeless man in a home robbery, with pictures of a strange device on Mars' moon Deimos. He soon discovers that the meteor's trajectory suggests an origination from Mars, specifically Deimos. And that it was not a meteor at all, but something far more dangerous. He quickly figures out that his boss was murdered by a shady government agency that wants to keep these world-altering secrets under wraps. And they're willing to stop at nothing to keep it that way.All of these stories meet up, characters joining forces in the most unlikely of ways. And, as i always do, i give major props to Mr. Preston for not being afraid to kill off main characters. You never really know if even the most important of characters will survive, or, for that matter, the entire human race.And speaking of the matter of our extinction, the story and its implications were really eye opening to me. I don't want to give away spoilers, because the events in the book are of the "cover the next paragraph because i don't wanna know what happens!" kind. The resolution is satisfying, not anti-climactic (which i was afraid it would be because the REALLY crazy stuff starts with about 10 pages left).Well paced, great characters to connect with and root far, terrifying villains (human and non human) to be afraid of, and a plot that, honestly, seems like it could happen any day now. Oh and it actually had an ORIGINAL idea of Earth's destruction. There are no silly alien metal robot contraptions and cliched "take me to your leader!"s here. You really only get 5 words from the non human race. And in this book's case less, is truly and honestly, more.

  • Earl
    2019-01-17 23:57

    I knew going into "Impact" that this book was going to be a crapshoot. I have enjoyed almost everything that Douglas Preston as written with Lincoln Child, but only "Codex" has worked for me when he has written on his own. However, I once again took the plunge, buying this book before I was scheduled to sit around the courthouse, waiting to be called for jury duty. The book passed the time, but that was about all that I can say positive about it."Impact" starts out with three different plot threads that get pulled together rather quickly. The synopsis on the back of the book implies that these threads will continue throughout the book, but they don't. By the halfway point, there is only one narrative thread, by far the least interesting of the three. The others seem to be filler at best, or ways to get information to the reader that the main characters don't have at the worst. The plot centers around what seems to be two simultaneous meteor strikes, one off the coast of Maine, and one in Cambodia. A former CIA operative goes off to Cambodia, searching for the source of radioactive gemstones while a female college dropout goes searching for the meteorite in Maine, hoping to find and sell it. Mix in a researcher who has discovered a gamma ray emission from Mars, and you have the makings of a decent little potboiler. Unfortunately, none of the characters have any personality, and there is not just one, but two boats piloted by the Maine characters that get sunk. I would think that an author would be able to avoid repeating themselves that blatantly, but... there you go. The ending of the book is another sore spot. The "gotcha" at the end is kept secret from the public at large, but it makes no sense to keep it secret. Those who know the real end result of the events of the book gain nothing by keeping them secret, and actually risk harming the world tremendously by keeping their mouths shut. Not to mention that for one of the characters in on the secret, it is completely out of character. Just 50 pages earlier, he was sending DVDs and hard drives off to the press so something much more damaging couldn't be kept quiet. The holes in the narrative logic are maddening.To conclude, "Impact" is quite annoying, and I'd recommend that readers avoid it. There's little to recommend it, and much to avoid. Stay away.

  • Jaksen
    2018-12-29 04:17

    Another Douglas Preston book I thoroughly enjoyed. I read this during the warm-during-the-day, bitterly-cold-at-night days we experience on Cape Cod in October. (No, my little house isn't heated!) So anyhow, on my sunny porch, in my fav. old lady rocker, I read this book with an utter and absolute silence all around me...It's a story of incredible things happening, with equally incredible repercussions. Wyman Ford, the MC, is asked to discover the location of a mine in Cambodia which is producing a highly radioactive element in large and dangerous quantities. He's the kind of guy people go to when a job is risky, maybe highly-classified, risky, or complicated, and did I say risky? He's like the Liam Neeson of Preston novels. Give him the impossible and he ... can ... do ... it!What he discovers, however, has links to an odd meteor which hit the Earth - or was it two meteors? - in Maine and Cambodia at about the same time. And intrigue in various government agencies at the highest level. And strange goings-on on Mars, or maybe Mar's moons, or maybe all of it. There's a teenage girl in Maine who gets mixed up in all of this, and no, there's no sex or romance. (Sorry, romance-lovers, this one's all science, high-tech, government conspiracies and adventure.)The parts of the book I especially loved were the descriptions of Maine's coastline and environs, and the scenes aboard boats - lobster fishing boats, small craft, all kinds of dinghies - excellent! No one can write 'we're on the sea in rough water and in danger' better than Preston. He knows his boats, the tides, currents and channels and all the mechanical ins and outs of piloting a boat on rough water. I loved these sections. (I've been on small boats in rough water; I know how tough handling them can be.)Anyhow, this book is a mystery and a thriller and ideal for any Doug Preston/Lincoln Child follower, though in this case it's all Preston.Great read.

  • Donna
    2019-01-06 23:12

    An ex-CIA operative is sent to a mysterious mine, while a young woman hunts for a meteorite and a scientist is discouraged from following up on his murdered mentor's research. Their stories relate in a way that reveals an unprecedented threat to the earth. This is a fast, light read that should appeal to those who like thrillers with some science thrown in.I really enjoyed the setting descriptions and Ford's investigation, but the characters were thin and some aspects of the pacing seemed off. For example, Abbey sees the streak in the sky and it feels like she goes off to find the meteorite fairly quickly, but some time must have passed in order for the Cambodian mine to have been operating long enough for the gems to come to official attention. At one point an escaped prisoner mentions that working in the mine harmed her eyesight, how long did that take? At least one of the action sequences felt awkward and unnecessary, as if it was largely an excuse to help bring Abbey to Ford's attention. And the most interesting, unique aspect of the entire story got barely any attention, other than a bit of scientific chatter about the phenomenon. I think that the author lost a great opportunity to focus more on the reaction of both the characters and the world to what was happening.Somehow the ending managed to feel interesting and anti-climactic at the same time. I would have liked it better if one character had, earlier in the book, shown much interest in the naval warfare their decision referenced, because it seemed to come completely out of left field.

  • Tonia
    2019-01-12 23:04

    I absolutely loved this book. I'm a big fan of Preston & Child collaborations, and usually when they write on their own, it just doesn't quite touch the caliber of their combined efforts. Okay, Impact isn't quite as good as a Preston & Child work, but it's still very good. I found it exciting and enthralling. If you're looking for a "guilty pleasure" read that's thrilling and touches on astronomy, you'll enjoy this one like I did.What I particularly enjoyed about the early collaborative works was their focus on some subject matter, be it art or archaeology or science. You can tell they really did their research and they present so much information that you end up learning a lot reading the novel, but the work remains gripping at the same time. I got that familiar feel with Impact, through its focus on astronomy and the presentation of "strange matter." Some readers criticize that the book is weak and unbelievable, but I found it to be entertaining. I don't really look for realism in a thriller.

  • Lowed
    2019-01-05 05:55

    The two stars was for the really good start that kept me going on until the dead of the night. It just took me a while to write a review because I was so mad at the ending, and I felt so cheated in trying to make myself believe that he [the author] would be able to pull this through without a problem. If you have read my review of his book Blasphemy, you could say I had a great time down to the last page. Though I felt that the ending was still mediocre it was, however, well compensated what with the discussions on string theory, theoritical physicists, mathematician's critic on the book Finnegan's wake. All in all, it was a REALLY GOOD READ. With Impact however it falls flat. I have another ending to that piece of s#!+ that might make me feel satiated. "Abby Straw and her father got shot in the head, the killer was never found (gone to the aliens perhaps!), and earth is now on the brink of destruction, because of the Borg threat" -END!

  • Keith
    2019-01-10 00:08

    Two very unlikely characters partner up after discovering that the impact from a dramatic meteor strike is much more than appears on the surface---an intended pun that requires reading the novel to appreciate---and become involved in a tale of espionage, murder and death-defying adventure. If you can buy the premise, which of course is totally plausible for any science fiction fan and accept the plot, which gets stretched a little thin a few times, then you’ll really enjoy this novel. It moves along quickly with mounting excitement as plots thicken and the reader is drawn into the next circumstantial outcome. It has just enough science to make it seem credible and just enough character development to make you want to know what is going to happen next. I liked it; a real page turner.

  • Natalie
    2019-01-05 04:00

    Starts with a big fat doobie and a radioactive gem and gets worse from there.

  • Larry Hamilton
    2019-01-22 05:17

    A fast paced action thriller that I had a hard time putting down. Okay - may be the writing isn't a literary masterpiece and the science is a little bit hard to believe, but it's a fun read with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue.

  • Hugues
    2019-01-21 01:03

    Es como leer un Matthew Reilly: sin mucha pretensión, con protagonistas y situaciones de poca credibilidad, con el único propósito de entretenerse. Se deja leer fácilmente y relaja la mente. Ojalá el autor pudiera dar más profundidad a sus personajes.

  • David Weinfeld
    2019-01-19 05:55

    Excellent story, educational as well as very exciting. Wyman Ford, ex-CIA, is solid as usual, but the real star is young black girl named Amber.

  • WhiteWitch
    2019-01-20 06:07

    This book was a easy and light-weighted read for any mystery/sci fi buffs but I was slightly disappointed as I felt the book was very predictable and I expected more from Douglas Preston. This was not his best work.A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and Abbey, a young, brilliant but rebellious and unconventional young lady, decides that she wants to find the meteoroid to sell. In a series of twists and turns, she and her best friend, Jackie, set out in Abbey's father's lobster boat to find the meteoroid. What they find is not the meteoroid but a tantalizing mystery.Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in Cambodia, Wyman Ford, a former CIA operative, finds a mining camp harvesting "honey opals." These gems are radioactive with Americium, something NOT found naturally. It has to be manufactured. The U.S. government is concerned that these "gems" could get into the hands of terrorists to build dirty nuclear bombs. Yet these gems are being mined from a cave-like structure. Children and their families who were taken at gunpoint by former Khmer Rouge soldiers are mining these gems and being poisoned by the radiation. Wyman's job is to observe, take calculations, and get out. But one of the reasons he is a "former" CIA operative is that he has a heart. He can't watch these children, teenagers, and theirs families work until the radiation sickness makes them so sick that the guards execute them and bury them in mass graves. So he destroys the "mine."Back in the United States, an employee of a team the Jet Propulsion Laboratory studying Mars makes a startling discovery regarding gamma rays that he takes to his superiors. To his great dismay, he is fired. But unbeknownst to his employers, he has a CD containing all the gamma ray information and he works on his own to find out why they don't want this information shared.When Wyman returns to the States, he crosses paths with Abbey and, with her help and knowledge of astronomy, they learn that the meteoroid was not a meteoroid but something else...and it came from one of the moons of Mars...Deimos. But there some who don't want this information to come to light!As I previously said, it is a good lightweight conspiracy mystery and sci fi novel but it is certainly not up to what I normally would have expected of Douglas Preston. I have read many of his books...both the Pendergast series and his standalone books. I can't say that I was totally disappointed because it was an entertaining story but it wasn't his best effort.

  • Chibineko
    2019-01-07 02:56

    A word of warning to new readers- if you haven't read Douglas Preston's other books in the Wyman Ford series then you will be missing out on a little. `Impact' works well as a standalone, but to get the full story on Ford you'll have to read all of the books preceding this one. In fact, I recommend that you read the previous books first. This isn't a bad story, but it's not Preston's strongest work to date.This book find Wyman Ford being called in to investigate radioactive gems that have been showing up in Asia & somehow ended up on the neck of a politician's wife. Meanwhile, an intelligent college dropout goes searching with her father's boat for a fallen meteorite, only to discover that not only is there more to it than she'd thought but that she's also being followed. But that's not all- behind these two individuals there's also a third person- a researcher for NPF who has discovered something that's related to both of these seemingly unconnected events... something that could threaten life as everyone knows it.I have to admit that I was a teensy bit disappointed that there was absolutely no mention of the previous events in Blasphemy. While I can see where it wouldn't be a huge mention, the previous book made it seem like the religious movement at the end of the previous book was quite popular & highly publicized- so why no mention in this one?I do like the characters in this book for the most part, although at times I got a little frustrated with how much the book jumps around. One point we have Abbey, the next Ford & then the NPF researcher Corso. While this allowed for dramatic suspense at times, it just didn't link together as well as I would have liked it to. It also didn't give me a good sense of either of the new characters, especially Abbey, which is a shame considering how important she's supposed to be in this book. The plotline is decent, but again- the jumping around kind of got on my nerves.I guess the bottom line is that fans of Preston's work will love this, but I can't help but think that some new readers may not be as enthralled with this as they might be with some of Preston's earlier works or any of the stuff he's written with Child. This isn't a book to ignore, but it is something that some may want to wait until paperback for.

  • Andrew Mercer
    2019-01-11 04:13

    The biggest reason I enjoyed this book was the author's ability to suck you into the story. Impact consists of a fast-moving intense plot that follows multiple characters yet still keeps you connected. The author uses several elements of science fiction but his writing style makes the book flow without ever having to pause to question the few missing details. From the moment you open the book you are instantly caught up in an adventurous and thrilling story that elevates Impact to the next level. The story follows three main characters while occasionally offering the perspectives of minor characters. Wyman Ford is and ex-CIA agent that is offered a large sum of money by the US Government to investigate the source of radioactive gemstones that have begun to circulate through out the world. He is thrown head first into a world of mystery where danger lurks around every corner. Another character the story follows is Abby, who sees a giant meteor off the coast of Maine and devises a plan to strike it rich by finding and selling the meteor. She and her friend set off in search of the meteor not knowing what they are up against. The third main character of the story is a young scientist working at the NPF in California on the Mars Mission. When his mentor is found murdered he is promoted to his spot and discovers why he was killed. His mentor had found an anomaly with the Gamma Ray data being emitted from Mars. Little does he know that what he discovers next will have fatal consequences.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-06 23:03

    This book was wonderful. It has a unique twist on the popular end of the world scenario. The format reminded me of James Rollins books in that the story progressed from separate viewpoints. Each chapter takes place in different parts of the world with different characters. Eventually, it all comes together.This is the first book I have read by Douglas Preston, but it definitely won't be the last. I love reading apocalyptic stories and Impactcertainly is that.The story has plots within plots. They were so well written I could not decide which ones were the more intense: the ones about the end of the world or the ones about the deaths of individuals. I know it is a cliche to call a book a "page-turner," but this one definitely meets that description.