Impact was the first novel that I have read by Douglas J. Preston. A cross between a murder mystery and a not so believable science fiction. I certainly can believe that we are not alone in this Universe but I could in-no-way see why an Alien Race would set up a killer machine millions of years ago on one of the moons orbiting Mars of all places. Further, the ridiculous possibility that the machine would still be working. In spite of that stretch of ones imagination, I still enjoyed the book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.
Long, long ago, in 2009, few male writers were making an effort to write strong female characters--much less strong, brilliant, female teenage characters. Preston took a chance at offending his mostly male readership with a brilliant 20-year-old central character who outsmarts Silicon Valley highly educated nerds. He may have offended a few readers who have no time for women characters (same people who couldn't watch the Mad Max movie featuring a female lead) but he won me over with this book. This is good sci-fi.
Not one of Preston's best but he's a very good writer, even one of his "okay" efforts is entertaining and will keep you reading until the end
Simply not up to par with his previous novel 'Blasphemy.' Elementary and uninteresting with a dud of a conclusion. Surprisingly disappointing from an author with such a solid track record.
not as good as the others, but still a good read.
Written for teen-agers with no real sci-fi meat.
Creative, exciting and well written. Recommended for all. 10 of 10 stars
Olympia thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 17
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