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Impact (Wyman Ford #3)

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Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia... to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world.

A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast... and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater.

A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source
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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2009)
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K.D. Absolutely
I appreciate the efforts that Douglas Preston put in this book. I know it is hard to write. With the many books already in the market and the new books coming out every month, is there anything else that has not be been written about? I know that the plot’s limit can be as wide as the scope of the imagination of the writer, but there should still be, some sense in the story. Do you agree? Otherwise, if we patronize those books with outlandish, silly and impossible to happen plots those writers w ...more
Arah-Lynda
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Two young women witness a brilliant meteor that lights up the sky and then falls to earth just off the Maine coast………….


Be warned, for such a small book, this one hosts a big, big story, so you best tinkle, if need be, gather your tea and biscuits, get comfy, strap in. You’re going to be here a while.

This is my first Douglas Preston novel and I gotta tell you, he picked me up and threw me head first into the thick of this story and then, quite simply, pumped up the volume.

A fast paced, ac
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Kerry Nietz
When a friend offered to loan me this book, I had my doubts about taking it. Don’t get me wrong, I was an early fan of Preston’s works with Lincoln Child—Riptide and The Ice Limit being two of my favorites. I’ve been a lot more lukewarm with the duo’s works as separate authors, though. Preston’s last book, Blasphemy, I couldn’t finish. The Christian characters portrayed were so Hollywood stereotypical (meaning all were hypocrites, violent or ignorant) that I thought Preston had to be joking when ...more
Colleen
In the cold light of day, I realize now that this book makes absolutely no sense. I was suspecting a bunch of random people as the Chief Villains, since there is obviously someone siccing the assassin on the heroes; however, I couldn't really figure out who, because I couldn't fathom why someone would be trying to stop the complete annihilation of Earth. I was not very surprised though when the reveal happened even though that too stretched my disbelief to the max.

Today, thinking back further o
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T. Edmund

Impact follows a collection of different characters as their lives are irreparably changed by the impact of what appears to be a meteor/meteorite/metoriod??

I apologize for the spoilers throughout this review, however, this is the sort of book that you need to give everything away to explain just how poorly constructed the story is.

First of all the characters.

In part one of the story we have three protagonists: Abbey a young black woman just out of teenagedom, who smokes weed, makes smart-ass j
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Nancy Oakes
I have bought and read every single book this author has published, and those that he wrote with Lincoln Child. I have to say that this one was not the best in the bunch ... I was so disappointed. I know, I know, I'm once again swimming against the tide of people who really loved this book, but, well, that's just how it is.

As the story begins, two things are going on. First, A young woman, Abbey Straw, is out with her friend watching the heavens at night and the sky lights up over Maine's coast
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Cheryl
A fast-paced action-adventure novel. It's not high Literature, but it's tons of fun to read if you're in the mood for an exciting, quick read. I will be reading more by this author, because I really like his style.
Michael
This book caught me from the 1st few pages and held my interest throughout as few others have. This is the best Preston book so far and the comparisons to Michael Crichton though lofty are vell deserved. The characters come alive and are believable. The story carefully crafted and very clever. Kudos to Mr. Preston. Reading this was a joy. I had trouble putting it down and many household duties were put on hold. Finding the next read that measures up won't be easy.
Matt Bradley
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Mal Warwick
Start out on the coast of Maine with a brilliant 20-year-old Princeton dropout and her less-brilliant friend puzzling over a meteor shower, cut to CalTech where office politics and other shenanigans are in full flower at the National Propulsion Facility, add one former CIA agent dispatched to the backwoods of Cambodia by the President's National Science Advisor, mix in a tweedy contract killer, and pretty soon you're caught up in a pulse-pounding tale that will drag you irresistibly toward an as ...more
Josh
Preston is often compared to Michael Crichton and there is indeed a strong resemblance, but Impact does not strike me as a Crichton novel. It has all the elements but it is missing something.

First of all, much of the novel is unnecessary. Preston's attempt to achieve a dense plot made it feel like I was just wading through muck to get to the end. Preston adds complications just so they can be overcome, like cheap speed bump plotting devices designed to add tension but little else. Randall Worth
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Brooke
Coming off of Blasphemy, Preston's newest solo novel is a bit of a disappointment. It's the 3rd book featuring ex-CIA agent Wyman Ford (and the 4th in a series if you count the link between The Codex and Tyrannosaur Canyon), which suggests that there should be some continuity from book to book, right?

Well, Blasphemy ended with a startling bang, and I'd expect the next book in this series to mention it. But Preston didn't even give it a nod, which seemed like a wasted opportunity. After all, what
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Dagny
This book is a wild ride in more ways than one. It started out that I only liked about 1/3 of the first 150 pages because I hated most of the characters. One star. But then the story was finally set up and got going and after the next hundred pages, I couldn't put it down. Could have been four stars except there was too much improbability in the ending. Not the science fiction part, I can set aside disbelief for that, but the characters. It's an exciting and fun read if you can get past the prel ...more
Mitchel Broussard
I loved this one. Brilliant, exciting, surprising, funny, thrilling, scary, apocalyptic, and so much more. The simple story of 3 very random and different people from 3 very different places all being connected to a strange meteor that crashed into Earth.

Mainly told from the three character's perspectives, it starts out with Abbey: an African-American small town waitress that dropped out of Princeton because she focused too much on Astronomy and Physics classes and not on her intended med-school
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Donna
An ex-CIA operative is sent to a mysterious mine, while a young woman hunts for a meteorite and a scientist is discouraged from following up on his murdered mentor's research. Their stories relate in a way that reveals an unprecedented threat to the earth. This is a fast, light read that should appeal to those who like thrillers with some science thrown in.

I really enjoyed the setting descriptions and Ford's investigation, but the characters were thin and some aspects of the pacing seemed off. F
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Keith
Two very unlikely characters partner up after discovering that the impact from a dramatic meteor strike is much more than appears on the surface---an intended pun that requires reading the novel to appreciate---and become involved in a tale of espionage, murder and death-defying adventure. If you can buy the premise, which of course is totally plausible for any science fiction fan and accept the plot, which gets stretched a little thin a few times, then you’ll really enjoy this novel. It moves a ...more
Tonia
I absolutely loved this book. I'm a big fan of Preston & Child collaborations, and usually when they write on their own, it just doesn't quite touch the caliber of their combined efforts. Okay, Impact isn't quite as good as a Preston & Child work, but it's still very good. I found it exciting and enthralling. If you're looking for a "guilty pleasure" read that's thrilling and touches on astronomy, you'll enjoy this one like I did.

What I particularly enjoyed about the early collaborative
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Iain  Edward Henn
Entertaining from start to finish, 'Impact' is a solid thriller. Author Douglas Preston's work has been compared with that of Michael Crichton, and whilst this novel has strong scientific elements and undercurrents (which I love incidentally) the novel is more along the lines of a psychological suspense tale such as "Cape Fear". Largely set in and around the Maine coast and waterways, a feisty young girl (with a passion for astrophysics) is obsessed with locating a meteor that she is convinced h ...more
Earl
I knew going into "Impact" that this book was going to be a crapshoot. I have enjoyed almost everything that Douglas Preston as written with Lincoln Child, but only "Codex" has worked for me when he has written on his own. However, I once again took the plunge, buying this book before I was scheduled to sit around the courthouse, waiting to be called for jury duty. The book passed the time, but that was about all that I can say positive about it.

"Impact" starts out with three different plot t
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Chibineko
A word of warning to new readers- if you haven't read Douglas Preston's other books in the Wyman Ford series then you will be missing out on a little. `Impact' works well as a standalone, but to get the full story on Ford you'll have to read all of the books preceding this one. In fact, I recommend that you read the previous books first. This isn't a bad story, but it's not Preston's strongest work to date.

This book find Wyman Ford being called in to investigate radioactive gems that have been s
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Elaine
This book was wonderful. It has a unique twist on the popular end of the world scenario.

The format reminded me of James Rollins books in that the story progressed from separate viewpoints. Each chapter takes place in different parts of the world with different characters. Eventually, it all comes together.

This is the first book I have read by Douglas Preston, but it definitely won't be the last. I love reading apocalyptic stories and Impactcertainly is that.

The story has plots within plots. The
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Pam
This book was a easy and light-weighted read for any mystery/sci fi buffs but I was slightly disappointed as I felt the book was very predictable and I expected more from Douglas Preston. This was not his best work.

A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and Abbey, a young, brilliant but rebellious and unconventional young lady, decides that she wants to find the meteoroid to sell. In a series of twists and turns, she and her best friend, Jackie, set out in Abbey's father's lobster boat to
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Andrew Mercer
The biggest reason I enjoyed this book was the author's ability to suck you into the story. Impact consists of a fast-moving intense plot that follows multiple characters yet still keeps you connected. The author uses several elements of science fiction but his writing style makes the book flow without ever having to pause to question the few missing details. From the moment you open the book you are instantly caught up in an adventurous and thrilling story that elevates Impact to the next leve ...more
Lowed
Mar 23, 2012 Lowed rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the author
The two stars was for the really good start that kept me going on until the dead of the night. It just took me a while to write a review because I was so mad at the ending, and I felt so cheated in trying to make myself believe that he [the author] would be able to pull this through without a problem.

If you have read my review of his book Blasphemy, you could say I had a great time down to the last page. Though I felt that the ending was still mediocre it was, however, well compensated what wit
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Paul
Good Michael Creighton-style science-fiction potboiler about a sharp girl who finds the impact crater of a mysterious meteorite, an ex-CIA agent who finds another crater on the exact opposite side of the world, a dedicated young scientist who realizes something on Mars' moon Deimos is emitting gamma rays, and a host of bad guys trying to stop these three in their tracks. Meanwhile aliens menace the earth and moon by poking holes in them. Good stuff, well written, suspenseful, hard to put down. I ...more
Russell Atkinson
I'm not sure how libraries or others classify this book, as science fiction or spy thriller, but it is a bit of both. The lead character, Wyman Ford, is a James Bond-like figure, quite over the top, but good fun if you accept that going in. The plot is imaginative and the action scenes superb. The author appears to have done a good deal of research on astronomy and seamanship off the Maine coast among other things. The story bordered on the plausible at all times. The characters are really too o ...more
Andrew
Impact is the 3rd book in Douglas Preston's Wyman Ford series. Preston has managed to find a way to balance several genres with this series – mostly thriller, but with a touch of science fiction and a bit of mystery – and it works.

In Impact, Ford is sent by the President's science advisor to investigate a meteor strike in Cambodia. Meanwhile, a college drop-out and her friend are looking for a meteorite that they believe struck an island off the coast of Maine. Is there a connection? Of course.
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Steven
A bright young woman, and a man who sometimes does covert government jobs discover something extraordinary about an object from outer space that has struck the earth. A hired killer and a mole try to stop their investigation. The action builds momentum. The characters are interesting. The plot is thought provoking. This is how a thriller ought to be written.
DWGibb
Si Fi thriller that held my attention despite occasional moments when my suspended disbelief crashed. Begins with a meteorite smashing into an island off the Maine coast, some very suspicious Mars exploration, and the destruction of a number of fishing boats by a young amateur female astronomer. From there, the Universe is the limit.
Steve
Whether writing together or separately, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child never fail to entertain me. Their co-authored novels featuring Special Agent Pendergast are often a great blend of suspense with a touch of the supernatural thrown in. They also have produced solo books that feature science gone wrong, or being used by folks in a manner that doesn't bold well for the rest of us. Both writers will often throw in characters, locations or organizations that cross over from one novel to the ne ...more
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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