by Douglas Preston
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Impact 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
Strangely beautiful, but, dangerous gemstones begin appearing from blackmarket sources. Two young women, one the daughter of a Lobster fisherman, her dad, a disgruntled fired employee from the National Propulsion Facility and a semi-retired CIA oprative empark of a race to discover the source of these gemstones, and find a mind blowing answer. The end is thoroughly satisfying as are most of Prestons storys. Though sorter than I like, this book has it all, the hook, the action, good character depth, and a rip roaring end. Get this one for a great weekend rhomp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word sums up this book "Disappointment". The story was not that original, the characters were not well defined and you did not get invested in them. The plot was all over the place and worst of all the ending was a huge letdown. I got this e-book awhile ago when the price was $4.00 less so please save your money when it is $13.00 now. This is one you defiantly should skip.
NandoFL More than 1 year ago
This is not your average Preston adventure. While the caracters are interesting, the story is too far fetched to have any credibility, needed to mantain interest. Overall...a bit disappointing.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This is the worst novel by a major author I have read in my adult life. The plot is ludicrous, but, even if it wasn't, the plotline is so clunky and the dialog so bad that even a B movie director couldn't fix it up. Sometimes a reader can suspend belief to go along with an author's fantasy, but here the suspension is simply the rules of literature.
am-10_gine More than 1 year ago
Terrible book. Great premise. Mysterious source of gamma rays from Mars is shooting pot shots at earth. Problem solved by marijuana smoking, booze drinking 20 year old drop out from Princeton with convoluted plot and unrealistic scenarios. One has to suffer through to see what happens at the end - a very stupid ending. This book is burnable.
TaylaurErin More than 1 year ago
Although many of my favorite books by Douglas Preston are co-authored with Lincoln Child, his recent solo book, Impact, was surprisingly excellent. Using the main character Wyman Ford, also from some of his other non-related books, you travel across the world and back studying what appears to be a "strange" meteor. I am not often completely surprised by the twists in his books, but one in this book really hooked me and left me dumbfounded. Although somewhat far-fetched, his plot and the questions it brings up are exceedingly intriguing and leave you wondering what really might be "out there." This book is a good choice for those who like his writing style and scientific subject matter, and wont leave you disappointed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
College dropout turned waitress and amateur astronomer Abbey Straw believes she and her BFF Jackie saw a meteor crash near the Maine coast where she lives. The two young females agree to search the nearby barrier islands as Abbey using wave theory believes the meteor struck land. The plan is to sell the finds on E-Bay. Meanwhile the president's science adviser Stanton Lockwood III asks former CIA filed operative Wyman Ford to investigate the sudden flooding of radioactive gemstones in Cambodia. At about the same time Stanton makes his request that seems more like an order to Wyman,on the West Coast, just before he is murdered Professor Jason Freeman sends a classified file containing proof of abnormal gamma ray activity on Mars to mission technician Mark Corso of the National Propulsion Facility. Soon these three diverse scenarios converge with sixty hours to countdown impact. This is an engaging science fiction thriller that hooks the audience from the moment Wyman begins his inquiry and never slows down as California, Maine and Cambodia hook up. The story line is fast-paced as fans will welcome the return of Wyman (see Blasphemy), but in many ways the brilliant slacker with her naive innocence makes the tale fresh. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little research might be in order here. Right at the beginning the author has an amature astronomer and her friend looking at the Andromeda galaxy at the tip of Orion's sword! Really? Since when was the Andromeda galaxy moved to the constellation of Orion. It used to be in the constellation of (are you ready for this?) Andromeda! I've just started this book and I hope the rest of the "facts" arn't as badly mangled as this one. This tends to spoil all subsequent credability of events. This author usually does a much better job in this regard and I have enjoyed many of his other books.
LifeOutYonder More than 1 year ago
WOW! Preston did it all in this page turner. Entertains, makes you think, scares the reader with potential that's so realistic it could happen...or be happening as you read!! Conspiracy theory, ancient aliens, puzzles, maritime intrigue in the Maine islands..assassin, plotters, action supreme..just everything a thinking reader could possibly ask for and then some. I am a writer and a fan of books that have a variety of subject matter that twists around a plot and keep you guessing. Best book in a long time. I am a Preston fan for sure. Don't pass this one up! I hope he does more like this one. Life Beyond
Mary O'Hara More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading it until finished.
Winston Ruggiero More than 1 year ago
Some part were hard to put down. Overall enjoyable plot however the ending was a bit of a letdown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author once again creates a thriller, which gives us all a warning about what first contact with an alien race may be like. Rather than the usual science fiction first contact scenarios we are all used to, this poses quite the opposite. The author presents a scenario in which the colonial defenses left behind by another race threatens us humans as a society. I found the book to be a fast read, keeping me way past midnight, but I always found energy to keep on reading. I found the story reminiscent of hard sci fi of the likes of Jack McDevitt or Stephen Baxter, and was a reminder that we may not be as alone as would seem. The book could have used more science, and elaboration on the fermi paradox, but still overall, I think met the goals of the plot. The book does have strong language, dropping the "f-bomb" multiple times per page it seems, so I do not recommend the novel for any but mature readers, if parents have qualms about that. I would recommend reading this book for a book club, and then discussing it, as well as some research papers from Icarus on extraterrestrial intelligence in the galaxy. Should make for some interesting discussion topics.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
Impact, by Douglas Preston, is a science fiction story that starts with the death of a prominent scientist, a missing hard drive, and a meteorite crashing down off the coast of Maine and in Cambodia. Then, radioactive gem stones start appearing in the United States. The government sends a man, Wyland Ford, to Cambodia to investigate. What he finds is astounding. Meanwhile, in Maine, a young twenty-something and her friend borrows her dads fishing boat to go find the place where the meteor has landed. She was able to determine that it did not hit in the water but on one of the many islands off the coast. A hitman is on the trail of the missing hard drive and killing anyone who gets in the way. What hit the earth was not a meteor. As Ford investigates he comes across the two gals and they team up to work together. Their investigations attract the hitman. It’s a race against time to get the necessary information to the president and keep the girls safe. This is a fast paced story with lots of action. It’s a smart story, too. If you like spy thrillers steeped in science, this is a great story for you to read. It’s good for young adults as well as adults.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Mr. Preston's best work but still fast paced, non-stop action and a satisfying read. Yes, some characters weren't well developed, based on some other reviews, but the book is still worth purchasing.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this book, but about half way through, I couldn't put it down. Once the story got cranking, then things finally started clicking for me. I don't really feel like this book was the most fabulous out there, but I did enjoy it. The various story lines all wove together, making a really good ride.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Impact is the 3rd book in Douglas Preston's Wyman Ford series.  Preston has managed to find a way to balance several genres with this series – mostly thriller, but with a touch of science fiction and a bit of mystery – and it works. In Impact, Ford is sent by the President's science advisor to investigate a meteor strike in Cambodia.  Meanwhile, a college drop-out and her friend are looking for a meteorite that they believe struck an island off the coast of Maine.  Is there a connection?  Of course.  And, in California, scientists appear to uncovered something unusual with the Mars Rover project, but management does not want to hear about it – why? I thought that Impact has been the best book in the series to date – certainly the one that managed to grab me by the throat and hang on tightest and longest.  However, I did get somewhat annoyed at the author's habit of tossing out subplots that appear to dead-end with a tenuous (at best) connection to the main plot.  I found it more palatable when I looked at this novel as a collection of interlocking short stories with shared characters, all centered around a main theme which resolves itself in the last story. Oh, and the epilog provides a nice wrap-up, and a moral / message that hides between the lines. AND … Scott Sowers' interpretation on the audiobook version of this novel was superb!  His voice was calm and collected when appropriate, rapid and excited when some sort of action was occurring, and in general, an excellent example of what an audiobook narrator should provide. RATING: After a little internal debate, 5 stars.  This one is going to stick with me for awhile.
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This is splendidly written.
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Great book best read in a long time
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