Heaven's Shadow

Heaven's Shadow

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by David S. Goyer, Michael Cassutt
     
 

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From the acclaimed authors of Heaven's War comes a tale that gives "Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money." (Robert J. Sawyer)

An immense object is approaching Earth. Two manned vehicles race through space to land first on the frozen, desolate surface: one launched by NASA, the other representing a Russian-Indian-Brazilian

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From the acclaimed authors of Heaven's War comes a tale that gives "Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money." (Robert J. Sawyer)

An immense object is approaching Earth. Two manned vehicles race through space to land first on the frozen, desolate surface: one launched by NASA, the other representing a Russian-Indian-Brazilian Coalition. Both crews have orders to do whatever it takes to claim it as their own.

But the entity is not simply a rock hurtling through the blackness. It has been sent to Earth for a reason. A vastly more intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And their interstellar courier carries a message that the very core of humanity has responded to since time began…

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Publishers Weekly
This slick space opera trilogy starter sets up an interesting situation but never quite brings it to life. Rival expeditions from the U.S. and a Russia–India–Brazil coalition land on a planetoid and discover it's actually an ancient interstellar space ship. Astronauts moving through the ship reawaken machines that alter the environment in strange and dangerous ways and resurrect dead people the explorers loved or hated. The characters attempt to decipher the aliens' purpose while struggling to survive in increasingly hostile surroundings. Meanwhile, back on Earth, NASA administrators try to monitor the situation while fending off political meddling and miscommunications. Both authors are experienced scriptwriters who are better at inventing dramatic spectacles than finding fresh things to say about people. Since the book has already been optioned by Warner Bros., readers may want to wait for flashy CGI special effects to balance out the limp characterization. (July)
Library Journal
As an unidentified space object, named Keanu by the popular media, hurtles toward Earth on a near-miss trajectory, rival spaceships—one from the United States and one from a Russian-Indian-Brazilian alliance—race to it, each charged with a mission to explore Keanu's surface and claim it for its own interests. What the astronauts discover is that the object is not a piece of space debris but a cry for help from another civilization. Coauthors Goyer (Batman Begins screenplay) and Cassutt (Missing Man; Red Moon) bring their film and television experience to a fast-paced sf trilogy opener that features a varied cast and an intriguing plot. VERDICT A cinematic style and action-filled plot make this a good choice for readers who enjoy the multivolume space sagas of Kevin J. Anderson and David Drake. [Warner Brothers has acquired film rights to the forthcoming trilogy.—Ed.]
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“[A] trippy, pulse-pounding tale.”

Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Strain

“Terrific…With Heaven’s Shadow, Cassutt and Goyer give Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money. Prepare to have your world rocked.”
Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of Triggers
"Heaven's Shadow may be as close as I ever get to an actual ride with NASA. But what a ride!"
Jack McDevitt, author of Firebird
“A faster than the speed of light science fiction that targets readers who prefer action to the nth degree.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441020331
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Series:
Heaven's Shadow Series, #1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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