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Impact (Wyman Ford Book 3) by [Preston, Douglas]
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"Some hopeful science fiction fans such as yours truly have begun to see Preston as the possible successor to the recently deceased Michael Crichton... Some novels you want to savor, some you want to read so quickly that you can scarcely keep yourself from tearing pages as you move forward. Preston's entertaining accomplishments tend toward the latter."
--Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio
"What this book needs is a mind eraser, one that sweeps it from your mind so that you can pick it up and read it again, new and fresh. Yeah, it's that good. People who enjoy a good dose of action, well-explained science and brilliant science fiction will find themselves spellbound with ["Impact"]. But once you read it, too bad. It would be nice to forget it, and then read it again."
--"Lincoln Journal Star
""Impact is out of this world. Simply put, Douglas Preston has crossed over into a new frontier of thriller. It is a fireball of astronomic proportion that will leave you gasping for air! So buckle up, turn off the phone, and don't forget to breathe."
"--"Brad Thor," #1 New York Times" bestselling author of" The Apostle
""Douglas Preston's wildly creative novels expertly blend real science and heart-stopping thrills. He is, quite simply, the new and improved Michael Crichton."
"--"Tess Gerritsen," New York Times" bestselling author of "The Keepsake
""A brilliantly executed thriller--exciting, fascinating, and thought-provoking. The kind of book you want to savor--and when dawn comes you realize that it has taken off like a rocket and swept you through the night. Wild and wonderful reading fun! A highly original and yet eerily plausible premise."
"--"Whitley Strieber, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Critical Mass
""Brilliant . . . full of huge ideas, but intensely human, too, and intensely suspenseful."
"--"Lee Child," New York Times" bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels
"Preston will have his readers checking the sky for falling objects. Impact delivers one . . . and then some!"
"--"Sandra Brown, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Smash Cut: A Novel
""One of our best writers and entertainers is back, so make sure that your seat belts are securely fastened and your tray tables are stowed, because--no surprise--Douglas Preston pulls it off yet again: another fast-paced, action-packed, mind-bending adventure. You'll be sorry when the flight is over and your imagination returns you to the real world."
"--"William Martin," New York Times" bestselling author of "The Lost Constitution
"

Some hopeful science fiction fans such as yours truly have begun to see Preston as the possible successor to the recently deceased Michael Crichton Some novels you want to savor, some you want to read so quickly that you can scarcely keep yourself from tearing pages as you move forward. Preston's entertaining accomplishments tend toward the latter.--Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio"

Impact is out of this world. Simply put, Douglas Preston has crossed over into a new frontier of thriller. It is a fireball of astronomic proportion that will leave you gasping for air! So buckle up, turn off the phone, and don't forget to breathe.--Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Apostle

Douglas Preston's wildly creative novels expertly blend real science and heart-stopping thrills. He is, quite simply, the new and improved Michael Crichton.--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

A brilliantly executed thriller--exciting, fascinating, and thought-provoking. The kind of book you want to savor--and when dawn comes you realize that it has taken off like a rocket and swept you through the night. Wild and wonderful reading fun! A highly original and yet eerily plausible premise.--Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of Critical Mass

Brilliant . . . full of huge ideas, but intensely human, too, and intensely suspenseful.--Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels

Preston will have his readers checking the sky for falling objects. Impact delivers one . . . and then some!--Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Smash Cut: A Novel

One of our best writers and entertainers is back, so make sure that your seat belts are securely fastened and your tray tables are stowed, because--no surprise--Douglas Preston pulls it off yet again: another fast-paced, action-packed, mind-bending adventure. You'll be sorry when the flight is over and your imagination returns you to the real world.--William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution

Some hopeful science fiction fans such as yours truly have begun to see Preston as the possible successor to the recently deceased Michael Crichton Some novels you want to savor, some you want to read so quickly that you can scarcely keep yourself from tearing pages as you move forward. Preston's entertaining accomplishments tend toward the latter. Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio

What this book needs is a mind eraser, one that sweeps it from your mind so that you can pick it up and read it again, new and fresh. Yeah, it's that good. People who enjoy a good dose of action, well-explained science and brilliant science fiction will find themselves spellbound with Impact. But once you read it, too bad. It would be nice to forget it, and then read it again. "Lincoln Journal Star"

Impact is out of this world. Simply put, Douglas Preston has crossed over into a new frontier of thriller. It is a fireball of astronomic proportion that will leave you gasping for air! So buckle up, turn off the phone, and don't forget to breathe. Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Apostle

Douglas Preston's wildly creative novels expertly blend real science and heart-stopping thrills. He is, quite simply, the new and improved Michael Crichton. Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

A brilliantly executed thriller exciting, fascinating, and thought-provoking. The kind of book you want to savor and when dawn comes you realize that it has taken off like a rocket and swept you through the night. Wild and wonderful reading fun! A highly original and yet eerily plausible premise. Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of Critical Mass

Brilliant . . . full of huge ideas, but intensely human, too, and intensely suspenseful. Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels

Preston will have his readers checking the sky for falling objects. Impact delivers one . . . and then some! Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Smash Cut: A Novel

One of our best writers and entertainers is back, so make sure that your seat belts are securely fastened and your tray tables are stowed, because no surprise Douglas Preston pulls it off yet again: another fast-paced, action-packed, mind-bending adventure. You ll be sorry when the flight is over and your imagination returns you to the real world. William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution"

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Another heartstopping page-turner from the bestselling author of The Codex and Blasphemy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AE2LHM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Douglas Preston is an excellent writer, if you are into what I'd describe as the "action" genre. This is a fun book with an absorbing plot. I read it straight through and couldn't put it down. Strange topaz like jewels called honeys are being imported to the US and Wyman Ford is despatched to find out where they are coming from. At the same time, Abbey Straw and her friend Jackie are searching for a meteoroid which landed on an island near their homes on the coast. Obviously, I can't tell you what happens but I can tell you the book will take you past potential government conspiracies, strange discoveries, piracy and kidnapping.

Douglas Preston manages to write action thrillers without all the genre's old fashioned sexist claptrap. He generally has heroes of both genders and he treats them as equals. I really appreciate that!

Douglas Preston's novels, whether written alone or with his writing partner, Lincoln Child, are always good - Tyrannosaur Canyon, Blasphemy, The Codex. He's always worth reading.
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By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2011
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I've never read a Douglas Preston novel before (or even a Preston/Child novel) but I find technothrillers about meteors and alien first contact hard to resist, especially when I need a break from books that make me think. Impact did everything that I wanted from it and I raced through it in well under two days. I found it almost impossible to put down and resented work more than ever.

A meteoroid crashes into an island off Maine at the same time as another hits a Khmer stronghold in Cambodia. While young Abbey Straw and her friend Jackie investigate one, US government agent Wyman Ford looks into the other. He discovers that the crater in Cambodia is not at all what he expected. The twist here is made me sit up with a jolt on the bus when I read it. Meanwhile, a scientist is fired from his job at Mars exploration agency because he is fascinated by the impossible emissions of Gamma rays that he has detected from the planet. Incidentally, his predecessor, who had been obsessed with the same thing, had been murdered.

The whole novel is a rollercoaster of adventure as Ford and Abbey are pursued by a hitman through high seas and from state to state. The novel is full of exciting set pieces, not least of which are the early scenes in Cambodia. Finally, the government takes notice and it is clear that if nothing is done it may be only days until earth is destroyed.

After this, it won't be long before I read another Preston novel.
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Most reviewers were more generous to this book than I can be. I've read only a third of it, and have tried to hang on, but must bale out now, this book is quite a waste of time.
It is easy reading - short chapters, nothing convoluted, as it hops from one character-location to another. But the characters lack any depth or interest, and the storyline is a joke, with no attempt to ground it in science. Or reality.
For example, two chaps who have managed to get through many kilometres of jungle in the outback of Cambodia are spotted by the bad guys, shot at and have to vault over high protective stone walls under fire, roll & crawl away from their pursuers, and with rocket-launchers firing at them, escape by immersing themselves in a stream and struggling on until sunset. They stop for the night, somehow produce a pan and some food, make a fire, and eat off the plates which they must have also brought along with them, and one of them produces a large bottle of Scotch which they can share.
Really ???
In a world full of good books, how did this one get published, now that would be a more interesting story.
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If you stopped to think too much about the plot you would spot a few inconsistencies and plot loop holes which another reviewer has pointed to. However the nice short chapters keep the pace zipping along at a good enough pace that there isn't time to take them in. Despite some other comments I think the characters were interesting enough to invest in, and the ending was a bit of a let down.
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I was rather looking forward to this novel as I hadn't read a Preston book for quite a time. Maybe I've moved on but I didn't find this book to be particularly gripping. The idea of a long ago alien leaving a guardian on Mars by way of some machine capable of blasting a hole through Earth and the Moon suggests a fervent imagination.

Unfortunately, the characters let the author down. I just don't see a youngish girl taking on the workload given to her by the author nor do I think she'd survive the pressures of a killer on the rampage intent on doing what the alien craft did not. Add in a friend of similar age and dexterity in avoiding death, bring in Wyman Ford, privy to most things held dear by the President and we have a 'time to save the world' scenario not far removed from some of the sci-fi films of the last century.

Still, there are passages which read well but we always come back to impossible feats by untrained people, be they daughters, fathers, friends and those who fail tend to be people who haven't really made the grade in life and we won't miss them anyway.

The ending is suitably interesting. I'm sure it'll bring a sigh of relief to those fans of Mr. Preston's imaginative plots and to those wondering where the world was heading.
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