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Nemesis Paperback – 2 Dec 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (2 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755340086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755340088
  • ASIN: 0747259933
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An original high-tech disaster thriller' Publishing News

'The science is spot on, the characters believable, the plotting taut. A gripping read' Yorkshire Evening Press

'A pacy tale packed full of twists and surprises... If you like your thrillers fast, breathless and flawlessly plotted, this if for you' Southern Daily Echo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NEMESIS combines the intrigue of Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE with the excitement of a high-tech disaster thriller

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This book really thrills from the superbly dramatic beginning, to the nail biting and unbearably exciting climax! The content was superbly executed, and clearly shows real ideas in a remarkable setting. I thought the plot was clever and the characters really interesting. I learned lots and it stimulated my appetite for more books by the same author.The book was so unputdownable, that I started to read late at night and I had to stay up until 5am to finish, because I would never have slept with so much excitement churning through my brain! The ideas are brilliant and the science extremely impressive! If you want a roller coaster of a book that entertains, excites, thrills and makes you think, this is the one for you. I absolutely loved it, it was fab!Finally on the cover there it a quote from Arthur C Clarke which says; "the most exciting book I have ever read". Can't say better than that!!
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This book is a damm good read with the final pages building to a great finish - if you don't laugh at the end of the scene in the US command bunker at the end of the book you've had a sense of humour bypass ! The plot blends a big dollop of science with believable politics as well I enjoyed this a lot and throughly recommend it
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A novel that digs up Cold War Communist hysteria is just....childish. Out of all of the things to get into, I had to read this silly premise of "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!" This absolutely ruined it for me, and made the entire novel a joke; completely unbelievable from a political standpoint. Being a scientist, having a professional analysis of the impact of an asteroid juxtaposed with a childish political premise was just totally ridiculous. Perhaps if Napier would have been more realistic with the fiction, and had the United States, like the CIA, plotting to direct an asteroid into China, then it might've had some merit. Reusing cold war sentiment was not only tacky, disappointing, and uninteresting; the premise is just totally inaccurate. For a scientist and science fiction writer to go "there," is just sad. I will never read another Napier book...ever. I rather reread Asimov or Bradbury or Adams ten times over than waste my time with such naivete.
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This is exciting, bordering on nerve-wreking stuff. Quick-paced, scientifically very correct, to the best of my knowledge. For the astronomically inclined, this is a must-have.
I actually got up in the middle of the night to continue reading. Became completely antisocial over the week I read it.
The book can best be compared to an action thriller on the big screen. The focus isn't on character development, but my God is it thrilling!
Even with only one sci-fi/sci-fact bone in your body, you're bound to love this one!
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The first half of this book is pretty much standard 'world in trouble, race against time' stuff, mixed in with some waaaaay too technical jargon that was going right over my head! But it was mildly interesting, if a little confusing. But then Napier begins to tie up a few loose ends and changes the course of the whole novel, with fair success (I have to be vague, it would be easy to give away too much). The plot is a little uneven and most of the twists (but not all) are fairly obvious, but it is a satisfying read and, for a first novel, bodes well should Bill Napier decide to continue with his writing.
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There are a plethora of books that have jumped on the band wagon that is the Da Vinci Code, but Bill Napier wrote this book in 1998, well before Dan Brown wrote his book. Nemesis really is a thriller and one that I heartily recommend.

A report from the CIA confirms that Russian cosmonauts have somehow managed to change the path of an asteroid in space and set it on a collision course for the United States. A top team of the world's best astronomers have a maximum of five days to identify the asteroid, given the code name of Nemesis and if they manage to do so they will then have the not inconsiderable task of deflecting the asteroid before it reaches the earth's atmosphere.

With time extremely critical and the team becoming increasingly desperate in their bid to avert a disaster the like of which the world has never seen, Oliver Webb a British asteroid expert discovers that the course of the asteroid was once predicted in a 17th century Latin manuscript, the sole copy of which has mysteriously gone missing . . .

Bill Napier is up there with the best when it comes to writing this type of novel and this is as good as any. A really exciting book that thrills and frightens the reader at the same time.
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I am interested in astronomy and historical reading, so I decided to give Nemesis a try. I was not disappointed. To be honest, this book is a thriller with a science based content. The plot was well devised, fairly complex, and kept me hooked throughout.
One thing I have noticed that never works in a book is COINCEDENCE. Half way through the book I was getting concerned on a couple of things that seemed coincidental. But come the end of the book, the author tied these together quite brilliantly. (I am not a thriller reader normally, so maybe this is old hat to thriller authors/readers).
The science part of the book was also interesting in that the author did not go into TOO much detail in case this slowed the story down, but enough detail to keep the reader interested. As Dr Napier has stated, everything he describes is real and could happen.
The historical part of the book was very well written. In fact I would say it was the best part of the book. His main historical character's battle with the Inquisition 400 years ago was very entertaining.
Overall an EXCELLENT book, and I look forward to reading his new book, Revelation, when it is released.
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