Harmony's Passingby Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick
284 Pages. The appearance of a wandering black hole sends physicists scrambling to determine what effect it will have. But first, they have to figure out exactly where it is...and where it is going.
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I am not a rocket scientist, but Kirkpatrick was able to explain the science of this story in terms a layman could understand. The development of the plot created a great deal of suspense, with the safety of the entire globe at stake, but it was suffused with such love, humor and good fellowship that I not once felt the kind of terror other writers strive to create. I read several books a week, but Kirkpatrick's works stand out in my mind for their plot, characters, and writing style. There is nothing 'ordinary' about his writing.
I confess that I am no science geek. In fact, before reading this book I knew as much about black holes as my dogs know about physics. Upon finishing this book, I feel like I've inadvertantly had a high-level astronomy lesson while enjoying a great story. Harmony's Passing is a great mixture of science, suspense, relationships and romance. Kirkpatrick's research and understanding of his topic, along with his passion, make the hard science fun for even the most science illiterate (like me!). The emotional story behind the science and the interplay between the characters tugged at my heartstrings, offering the perfect balance between the scientific world we live in and the emotions that drive us forward.