Solar Express

  • by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Narrated by Robert Fass
  • 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties - namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation - to militarize. The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact, dubbed the "Solar Express", before it perhaps destroys itself.
Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways - ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries, provided that Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations.


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I Really Enjoyed This -- Far More Than Expected

I liked "The Martian" (the Audible version more than the movie) because it was near future, pro-science and well-reasoned. This is all of those. A little more hard-science, just as much a sense of using reason and getting things done. There is a more political/personal backstory, but in the end it is another science fiction-procedural. It just adds a more military component as well (which is OK by me.) It is a long story, starting a bit slowly. But the narration is better than average and it moves at an ever-increasing pace to an engaging end. (Is it my imagination or is there a growing re-birth of throwbacks to earlier, more basic sci-fi themes updated for our time and science?) I expected three stars, thought it was four most of the way through the middle -- and ended at 4.5. But it had a lot of heart do I gave it 5.
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- C. Hartmann "Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science"

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Page turning diolg written with subconscious interjection. Geopolitical action with interpersonal relationships weave though a ten thousand years old space relic misery. Many questions are answered but each answer leads to more questions. A couple starts a long distance relationship as tragedies take personal toll around them they help each other while being unable to help themselves.
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- Casey R. Kuettle "Hey Whats up?"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio