A shocking scientific discovery.
A conspiracy of staggering brilliance.
A thriller unlike any you’ve ever read….
When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory—a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery—a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.
So here comes another disappointment from the guy who wrote Digital Fortress. Why was I not intrigued?
The faxes. The 2000’s references like pagers and people not being available due to them being left behind. Why are they still around in the US even in 2021?
Mobile phones aren’t superior to pagers across the board, but the ability to go straight into a voice or text conversation with the party who’s trying to contact you is a definite plus.
Pagers, on the other hand, are still around because there are a few advantages they’ve got over phones, even now.
Pagers generally don’t interfere with things – certain places will ban phones because of that risk, be it sensitive medical equipment (although that concern seems to be less common these days) or hazards in the area – for instance, it’s possible to get intrinsically safe pagers for use in hazardous areas such as petrochemical plants, where there’s a risk that other electronic devices could detonate explosive or flammable vapours.
Pagers don’t transmit information – although I’ve never worked in such a place myself, I know of several areas where mobile phones and tablets are banned due to concerns about them being used as a way of leaking information to the outside world. No such concerns with a pager.
Eh, that aside, I’m seeing a format to these books. The heroine is super smart. The guy who falls for her is bookish but still lets her shine. A lot of technical babble, easily researchable by a 2 min Google search. The one that got to me was “how to identify whether a rock is a meteor” section of the book.
Corky gave a casual shrug. “We simply use a petrographic polarizing microscope, an x‑ray fluorescence spectrometer, a neutron activation analyzer, or an induction‑coupled plasma spectrometer to measure ferromagnetic ratios.”
I did a little laugh at that. There’s others but this was perhaps the one that stood out to me the most.
The plot was so so, rock found assumed to be meteor, political intrigue, backstabbing, sexual scandals, rock is not actually a meteor, more scandal avoided, girl kisses boy. Oh, and loads of talk about Global Warming which was the “IT” subject of the 2001-2005 period (it still is now but back then it could win you the election)
It’s a “meh” book. OK to entertain you for about an hour until the technicalities bore you to death with 530 pages of densely packed meteor information and scandals that even Clinton would deem juicy.
“Let’s leave the science to the scientists, shall we?”
Yes, I agree, let’s do that.