At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.
On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!
While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.
From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.
The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins!
|I had a difficult time with this one. Almost stopped reading in several times. There was no real character development. In a lot of places it read like a report (which is exactly what it was in a lot of places). If I wanted to read a report I would not have picked up a book. A lot of this story took place in the form of reports/memos/news articles. I want to get to know the characters, not read about them third hand. It made it very difficult for me to relate to them and the story line. Whole months/years were skipped in this fashion and it made it a bit confusing in places. Maybe its just me...because this book seems to have gotten a lot of really good reviews, but I just can not recommend a book so dry.|