A Vision of Fire (EarthEnd Saga #1)

A Vision of Fire (EarthEnd Saga #1)

by Gillian Anderson, Jeff Rovin

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ISBN-13: 9781476776521
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: EarthEnd Saga Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theater actor and producer, writer, and activist. She currently lives in London with her daughter and two sons.

Jeff Rovin is the author of more than one-hundred books, fiction and nonfiction, both under his own name, under various pseudonyms, or as a ghostwriter, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. He has written over a dozen Op-Center novels for the late Tom Clancy. Rovin has also written for television and has had numerous celebrity interviews published in magazines under his byline. He is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the Horror Writers of America, among others.

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A Vision of Fire



  • PROLOGUE

    Rocking gently under the full moon, the Falkland Advanced Petroleum survey ship rested in the harbor at Stanley. Its hull was weather-beaten after three weeks at sea, its sensitive below-deck sensors were rattled by the relentless waves, and its chief geologist was exhausted.

    But as he bent over the tiny lab table in his forward cabin, Dr. Sam Story could not stop staring at a rock the remote-controlled Deep Sea Grab Vehicle had pulled from a ledge on their last day in the South Atlantic. The silvery stone fit in his palm and was roughly the shape and thickness of a playing card. He had been studying it for more than an hour through a magnifying glass, slowly moving the lens up and down and side to side; the fifty-three-year-old geologist was finding it difficult to accept what he was seeing.

    Finally, the man sat upright on the stool, blinked his tired eyes, and thumbed on a small audio recorder.

    “Specimen E–thirty-three,” he intoned cautiously, “definitely appears to be a pallasite meteor fragment. And it is my observation that chipping marks on the back indicate it was hewn from the parent stone by hand. However . . .”

    He gently set the stone on a cotton swath he’d placed on the table and pulled off his latex gloves. The relic had been washed by frigid waters for centuries, perhaps millennia, and rough surfaces and body oils might cause further damage.

    Dr. Story looked down at the stone again and studied the symbol that gently shone from it. “On the anterior façade is a carving of four triangular shapes arranged in a pyramid,” he recorded. “Each triangle is formed by three interlocking crescents, with small, extended crescents at the three corners. More of a claw or talon shape, actually, those small ones. No claws at the corners of the center triangle. I cannot begin to guess at the meaning or function of this.”

    He bent low, peering at the stone. “Regarding process, the width and depth of the markings suggest they were carved by a smaller, finer tool than that which made the relic itself. While there existed any number of local tribes that could have cut these figures, the edges of the markings themselves are a real mystery.”

    Picking up the magnifying glass again, he murmured, “Every side of every etching has a rounded perimeter that suggests eons of erosion. Yet these edges are not worn down uniformly but are built up, like blisters. Blisters like these could only be generated by intense heat, Class D at a minimum, and ancient peoples did not have the wherewithal to generate twenty-one hundred degrees Fahrenheit.”

    Dr. Story sat upright, picked up the recorder, and grinned. The modern device felt strange and inconsequential in his hand. This relatively sophisticated by-product of human invention was dramatically less interesting than a simple stone pulled by chance from the ocean.

    No, he corrected himself, this is not simple. Volcanic magma could reach that level of heat, but even that was uncommon. By the time lava reached the surface, it was closer to fifteen hundred degrees Fahrenheit. He had only seen this kind of melting and hardening on meteoric rocks that softened and bubbled during their flaming passage through the atmosphere and hardened when they reached the cooler surface, free of friction.

    “But that doesn’t explain how the carvings melted,” he mumbled into the recorder. “They couldn’t have come through the atmosphere. That would mean they had to originate in . . .”

    Dr. Story was tired. He had been awake for nearly forty-eight hours. Before he considered the implications that the evidence suggested, he needed rest.

    Turning off the desk lamp, he fell into the small bed that folded down from the wall. The gentle rocking in the harbor was a balm after twenty-one days at sea. Despite a sudden thumping on the hull beneath the water—possibly a pilot whale; the cetaceans had shown a surprising tendency to beach themselves of late—the scientist was asleep within moments.

    The door opened and a figure entered the room. He moved quietly, cautiously. The rocking of the boat was unpredictable and he did not want to fall against the desk or the bed.

    The man laid an empty camera case on the floor. Guided by the light of the moon through a porthole, he quickly gathered up the tablet and the audio recorder. He swaddled the small piece of rock in its cotton wrap and placed it in the camera case.

    And then he was gone, headed away from the public jetty. Dropping the two electronic devices into the water, he watched their gurgling descent in the ivory moonlight, then continued toward the Malvina House Hotel.

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    A Vision of Fire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
    SMHarris More than 1 year ago
    Having received an advance copy via a Goodreads giveaway, A VISION OF FIRE sparked my interest from the very first page and continued to fan the flames with the well-written, fast-paced story. Fortunately, the epilogue suggest that not ALL the fires have been completely extinguished… and that the blazes will continue in future books…
    Joplin More than 1 year ago
    Smart, fun, and thought-provoking read. Holds your interest and keeps you guessing. I will definitely read Anderson & Rovin's next book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Gillian tells a mean tale. It was intense and gripping much like a X-FILES story. I enjoyed it greatly! Just bought the next in the series. Can't wait to read it!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was an interesting read! I have already ordered the next one!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It's written well and could be interesting, it just doesn't have enough action and suspense for me. I can't fully review it because i only read half. I hate putting books down that i start, but just couldn't get into this one. I'm more of a James Rollins, Steve Berry, Lee Child reader. Not to say those authors aren't, but this is a little too analytical and cerebral for me. If that kind of mystery is your thing, I'm sure you'd love it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This bookhept my attention from the very beginning. I am a 14 year old girl and I found it very facinating. I can't wait till the seco d book.of the x files comes out. I think qny age will enjoy this book.
    kidsx11 More than 1 year ago
    It kept my interest from beginning to end. The character development was excelent. It a book when I bought it I did we because a X File Fanatic. Boy was I suprised was a weiter Scully could be.
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