It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal.
In 2034, a reply is heard. Searching for the source of this signal, which comes from outside the solar system, Nigel discovers the existence of a sentient ship. When the new vessel begins to communicate directly with him, the astronaut learns of the horrors that await humanity. For the ship was created by an alien race that has spent billions and billions of years searching for intelligent life… to annihilate it.
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Like some Space with your Soaps?
Less hype in the publishers summary and more truth.
The premise sounds rather intriguing and is why I purchased this with my monthly credit however, the actual content feels more suited to day time soaps than it does to Science Fiction.
The main protagonist is somewhat interesting but the author spends so much time delving into the day to day life of Nigel that the main thrust of the story is lost in the minute of a menage à trois, instead of concentrating on the real story which is the intelligent ship that is approaching Earth.
After 4 hours of persevering through Nigel's domestic situation and having no emotional connection to him at all I gave up in frustration. I'm all for setting the scene and developing a world that the reader is going to inhabit for sometime (read Jack Vance Lyonesse I and then fell in love with Lyonesse II & III) but this just didn't do it for me. I prefer some soap with my sci-fi, not the other way around.
Mr Caulfield did a fantastic job with the characters and a wonderful job of flipping between Nigel's soft English tones and the harsher American of the other characters. Not much more he could have done.
I'm not sure it's case of excising character but rather concentrating on the main story and enhancing/developing that further and involving more people around that story rather than Nigel's. I just couldn't connect with him and we are meant to.
I'm sorry but if this is what is in store for the rest of the series then I will be staying far far away from anything by this author. Others may find him enjoyable but I certainly did not.
- Bradley "Let the Wookiee win."
Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite"
- Michale "Looking for complex, believable characters, an engaging storyline, and good narration! Fan of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and horror."