Nov 21, 10
Read from November 20 to 21, 2010
Suspensful science fiction that keeps the reader guessing at every turn. A crew sent to study a mysterious spacecraft found at the bottom of an ocean. The story got on a rather slow start, I felt, but it is actually the author's way of building up suspense, as the crew (as well as the reader ) is baffled at every event; from guessing what their mission is all about, to the entry into the spacecraft, to the discovery of the sphere, to the speculation of whether they are communicating with an alien or somebody from the future. The pace accelerated and the urge to solve the mystery kept me turning the pages. So would you if you are a science fiction buff. I would like to add that initially I was skeptical about the inclusion of a psychlogist as part of the crew, but author left no loose ends unexplained, as he showed that 'soft' science is just as important as 'hard' science when mankind is fighting against the unknown. Definitely a must read for any Crichton fan, or anyone who is looking for a good science fiction psycho-thriller. The plot is clever and the characters are believable. The action is nonstop and if you didn't know anything about space-time and black holes, you will be introduced to them in this great read.