Geologist Alex Cave receives an urgent message about an unusual geologic event in Iceland. Giant globules of molten rock are floating up out of an ancient glacier.
Alex and his friend Okana descend deep into the lava tube of a dormant volcano and discover a 180-million year old alien artifact of incredible power. But before he can take it to a safe location, it is stolen by Janice Sloan, a ruthless woman dealing in stolen advanced technology. When she turns it on, the device begins changing the orbit of the moon and dragging satellites from the sky, but it won't shut down.
Alex begins a desperate race to find the artifact while dealing with his live-in girlfriend, Fala, who thinks he's just an adventure junkie, leaving her and her 10-year old daughter on the spur of the moment without any explanation or concern for her feelings. Because of the clandestine nature of the operation, it's ripping his heart out that he can't tell her he is on a top-secret mission to save the lives of everyone on the planet.
Alex learns that even if he finds the artifact, he needs a key taken by Sloan to shut it down, but she is determined to acquire a vast sum of money for her efforts. She kidnaps Fala and her daughter as leverage to keep Alex from pursuing her, and will contact him in two weeks with instructions on where to transfer two million dollars into a numbered account in exchange for his family and the key.
And as if that wasn't bad enough, a massive emerald asteroid with a core of solid gold is on a collision course with Earth and will impact in six days. In order to change its trajectory, he needs the artifact and the key, but he's running out of time to find Sloan and his family. Can Alex find a way to save his loved ones and civilization from extinction?
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Gravity doesn't hold up to the Series
I would strongly, highly recommend the first three books to anyone. This one, not so much. Did someone hijack the series? A knock off ghostwriter?
This book starts off similarly to Book 2. Alex Cave is at his college, doing his professor thing and complaining about his humdrum occupation, eluding readers to believe he has been playing house and staying local the since we left him eight months ago, at the end of book 3. Only we learn he leaves Fala and her daughter quite often on excursions and special ops for the Director of National Security. And Fala, a domestic abuse victim from a previous relationship has completely come into her own with her vicious words and ultimatums for Alex to stay home with them. "YAWN". What a wimp of a woman and a disgrace to Alex's judgment of character.
Compounding the fractures of the deteriorating character flaws, Alex Cave turned into a weak, stupid boyfriend, who proposes marriage in the midst of their problems and arguing. At this moronic point, I half expected him to suggest they get pregnant, too, to fix all that ails their relationship- like his jetting off all of the time. He should have reasoned a baby would substitute his adventure addiction.
I also found it mind boggling how Alex is the only person, a geophysicist, who can save the world again. He doesn't need specialists in various fields for gravitational guidance, and piloting spaceships. Oh. And a translator deciphered alien communication within minutes. It's a tragedy to our government and our society when he corrects the Director of National Security and continuously declines additional military assistance. Like no ine else knows about the previous alien encounters. Give. Me. A. Break. There should be dozens of high security clearanced personnel working on the spaceship and its technology.
The villain is weak. The action is lacking. The world building has crumbled. The characters have become a shell of an imagination and lost their personalities. And when given the choice to exchange the device for lives, not only did Alex and Okana give it little thought, they didn't even consider it to turn it into a rescue mission in disguise.
This was the most disappointing book in a series. Not only would I not recommend it, I'd recommend anyone who starts this Alex Cave series to skip this book. As it stands, I'm uncertain if I'll give Book 5 a chance now.
This was poorly designed in comparison to the previous three. I'm not sure if the author gave it much thought or rushed, just to get a book out.
There were no redeeming qualities. I think I wished there was a female character throwing herself at any available man again. Oh. Nevermind. Gender switch. Okana was putting it on thick. But it wasn't interesting.
This book also lacked the details of the White House internal briefings. Oh, I forgot. They slept well because Alex was at the helm.
No climax ending. No grief. No emotional investment to the characters. I even hoped Cavewould get over the dominating bytch of a girlfriend and kick her to the curb. Their relationship was not believable nor to be admired to feel angst.
Everything was too neatly tied with a bow. It was like going through the stages. This felt like a YA book, several slips below the qualities of the first three.
Sadly, not even Fala's daughter was a highlight.
The narrator even seemed to have lost his enthusiasm in the storytelling, as if he, too, expected more from the author/series.
The first three books could be dynamic on screen. This needs to be rewritten and copy edited. The characters and science/sci fi plot that were significant to my interest in the series don't pulk through in this book.
This was a disappointment.
Another great installment to the series
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