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Heaven's Shadow is a faster than the speed of light science fiction

Three years ago, the hundred miles wide object was spotted in the Solar System on a course to the sun. As the planetoid comes closer to its journey's end, America and a combine of Russia, India and Brazil send a rival manned spacecraft to land on the projectile.

Ins...
Three years ago, the hundred miles wide object was spotted in the Solar System on a course to the sun. As the planetoid comes closer to its journey's end, America and a combine of Russia, India and Brazil send a rival manned spacecraft to land on the projectile.

Instead of a rock or gases as expected, the object is an ancient space ship. As the astronauts search the vessel, their entrance turns on machines that have been dormant for eons. Even more eerie is the dead come to life as the earthlings struggle to survive increasingly lethal environs while trying to learn the purpose of the ship and its sentient passengers. On earth NASA officials stay in touch with the crew but grandstanding politicians do what they always do when it comes to effective governing by agencies; they interfere for personal gain.

Heaven's Shadow is a faster than the speed of light science fiction that targets readers who prefer action to the nth degree. None of the cast is fully developed, but fans who relish an outer space potentially disaster thriller along the lines of movies like Armageddon will appreciate this exciting tale of first contact.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 6, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This is one of those stories where the whole doesn't live up to

This is one of those stories where the whole doesn't live up to sum of
its parts. The best parts of the story are in the first third, where the
astronauts begin to realize that their rogue asteroid isn't wholly
natural, and may in fact be home to the remnants of an alie...
This is one of those stories where the whole doesn't live up to sum of
its parts. The best parts of the story are in the first third, where the
astronauts begin to realize that their rogue asteroid isn't wholly
natural, and may in fact be home to the remnants of an alien
civilization. The struggle between the duty of exploration, the joy of
discovery, and the fear of the unknown is handled very well, with the
astronauts coming across as both human and professional. The second
third has its moments, particularly in the first reveal of the sentinels
and the remnants, but the story just can't sustain matters. As for the
final third, it just becomes a jumbled mess that fumbles nearly all of
the many of the balls it was juggling. The sheer lack of professionalism
at NASA is ludicrous, the almost complete lack-of-reaction to the impact
of alien probes is ridiculous, and the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Rapture
would be comical, if it wasn't so strained and out-of-place. It also
needs to be said that the portrayal of women in this book is atrocious,
and that's not an issue I generally take notice of. They're all weepy,
emotional, fragile wrecks who are defined as much by their relationships
as their reactions . . . and who, it is suggested, are possibly not fit
to be astronauts in the first place. Once you realize it, it makes for a
very uncomfortable read. All-in-all, a novel that begins well, stumbles
in trying to find a direction, and ultimately falls face-first in
choosing the wrong direction. There's a sequel to come, but no interest here.

posted by Beauty_in_Ruins on August 17, 2012

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Hard but not impossible to put down

    The final few chapterd seemed to drag. While it was probably my own personsl taste I found myself skimming sections centered around Nasa toward the end. It was entertaining eniugh to have me looking forward to the next installment.

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