Impact by Douglas Preston

This is a fast paced story, a combination of mystery, science fiction, and realism. Several stories become intertwined. Abbie, the heroine, is a young African American woman who dropped out of Princeton. She is home living with her adopted dad, a white Maine lobster fisherman. She photographs a meteor through her telescope. She and her friend Jackie “borrow” her dad’s boat to go look for where it landed in the Maine islands. At the same time a scientist from the National Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is found murdered. He was working on strange gamma rays emanating from Mars. His student succeeds to his position but suddenly is fired when he tries to continue the research. His old mentor mailed him a highly classified hard drive stolen from the NPL that arrives after his death. At the same time a former CIA operative is sent to Cambodia to investigate the origin of “honeys,” radioactive gem stones. He finds slave labor at a horrific mine run by one of Pol Pot’s underlings, 6th Brother. How does this all tie together? Is there extraterrestrial life? Will something left millions of years ago by in intelligent life form threaten our entire planet?

One of the things I enjoyed most about the book was the realistic portrayal of piloting the lobster boat in a horrific storm. From my personal experiences with a wooden fishing trawler in the waters between San Francisco and Pt. Reyes and the movie “The Perfect Storm,” I could totally relate. That made the book all the more gripping for me. I recommend this audio book for excitement on your morning commute!

Preston, Douglas. (2010). Impact. Read by Scott Sowers. Macmillan Audio. 9 CDs. Unabridged. New from $19.20 on Amazon.


About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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