'Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I've ever read.' Clive Cussler
When a new NASA satellite detects evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election.
With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Arctic to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable - evidence of scientific trickery - a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy...
Struggling to rebound from a series of embarrassing blunders that have jeopardized its political life at the start of this lively thriller, NASA makes an astounding discovery: there is a meteor embedded deep within the arctic ice. And it isn't just any meteor. Inside the huge rock, which crashed to earth in 1716, are fossils of giant insects proof of extraterrestrial life. Yet, given NASA's slipping reputation, the question arises: Is the meteor real or a fake? That uncertainty dogs NASA and its supporters in Brown's latest page-flipper, a finely polished amalgam of action and intrigue. Trying to determine the truth are intelligence agent Rachel Sexton and popular oceanographer Michael Tolland, both among the first to suspect something is amiss when the meteor is pulled from the ice. Their doubts quickly make them the targets of a mysterious death squad controlled by someone or something that doesn't want the public to hear the meteor may be a fraud. Together, Sexton and Tolland scramble across arctic glaciers, take refuge on ice floes, are rescued by a nuclear submarine, then find themselves trapped aboard a small research vessel off the coast of New Jersey. All the while, the nation's capital is buzzing as to whether NASA has engaged in deception. Or is NASA just a dupe for aerospace companies that have long wanted a bigger share of space contracts? Brown (Angels & Demons) moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm.
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Excellent work Mr. Brown. (Non-spoler review.)
One of the best books ever written. A gripping and engaging storyline which was complemented by the technology rich novel it is. It's particularly impressive, as all technology in the novel is real and NOT fictitious. My only critique, is that sometimes it became too "sciency". Whilst a lot was required for the background, and some for the main parts of the plot, it was not necessary at all the times it is mentioned. It would be a perfect book for those who have an interest in science. Some of the political stuff was a little boring as well, but necessary. My favourite parts were the military/action and suspenseful scenes. All round, an incredibly well crafted book which deserves more credibility than it's gotten.
If I was to get if it a percentage of enjoyment, I would mark it: 84%, definitely a good read.
Highly recommended, especially to teenagers and those with an interest in sciences; specifically biology. Also to those with an interest in military. However, it is not limited to the previously stated audience.
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A gripping thriller from start to end, a great finish, and another superb Dan Brown masterpiece. Excellent read. Ignore any jealous haters' comments. Probably his best ever.
This book is totally "unputdownable". I was captured from the very first chapter and couldn't get to the end of this riveting story quick enough. Highly recommended!