Despite NASA budget cuts threatening to put a sharp end to his career as an astronaut, British-born space shuttle pilot Jack Kildare knows without a doubt that his life will never be the same. Photographs snapped from the International Space Station reveal an alien spaceship in orbit around Europa, opening a terrifying new chapter in human history, and Jack finds himself in the center of a gigantic international effort to respond to the alien threat.
But when he is dismissed from NASA over a trumped-up security gaffe, Jack and his close friend Oliver Meeks combine their skills in an attempt to generate an innovative new development: a spaceship drive based on their observations of the alien craft's technology. With the unknown threat driving international competition and the entire planet's spaceflight resources thrown into the fray, the focus of attention turns toward one single goal - a ship capable of traveling to Jupiter to confront the alien menace, the Spirit of Destiny. Amid unknown entities pushing to destroy the project from the inside out, and enemies baying for blood, Jack finds himself submerged in a world of secrets, sabotage attempts, and cold-blooded murder.
Can Jack decode the secrets surrounding the arrival of the alien spaceship in our solar system? Or will his dreams of the ultimate space adventure be taken into the ashes with the Spirit of Destiny?
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Yet another Martian remake ( and a good one! )
Characters, plot, performance...the whole package. This is a fascinating beginning to what promises to be a strong series. I was disappointed when it ended, and am looking forward to the next chapter in this epic journey.
The last 3rd is highly compelling, with action, science and character development.
He is such a pro. It is fun to hear him work on southern US accents!
Some parts made me laugh and I did do some research!
What a book. Technical, yet character driven with a strong plot. This one kept growing on me, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys technical yet action filled sci fi.
I really wanted to enjoy this
- Senora Maven