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Impact by Douglas Preston
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Mar 14, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read in March, 2010

A college dropout watches a meteor streak across the Maine sky and wants to know where it hit. A young scientist goes through a hard drive stolen by his murdered mentor and finds anomalies in gamma ray data from the outer solar system. An ex-CIA operative-turned-monastery-guest-turned-independent-who-knows-what investigates the sudden appearance of radioactive gemstones called "honeys" in Cambodia.

This book reminded me of a train. It took a while to get going, ran well when the wheels were clicking, and then dragged out the stop.

When it's rocketing along, it's fun. The copyediting is a little lax -- a brigadier general is described as standing, yet a couple sentences later is described as rising to shake someone's hand. The characters are thin and kind of flat. I'd recommend this for people who will read whatever Preston writes (particular to those waiting for the new Preston & Childs book), but not to someone who wanted to read a book of his for the first time.


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