Friday, 20 April 2018

SCIENCE FICTION CRIME: From Darkest Skies 2: From Distant Stars - Sam Peters

RELEASE DATE:  19/04/18

PUBLISHER:  Gollancz

Inspector Keon has finally got over the death of his wife Alysha in a terrorist attack five years ago. The illegal AI copy of her - Liss - that he created to help him mourn has vanished, presumed destroyed. His life is back on track. But a deadly shooting in a police-guarded room in a high-security hospital threatens to ruin everything. Who got past the defences? Why did they kill the seemingly unimportant military officer who had been in a coma for weeks? And why did the scanners pick up the deceased man the next day on the other side of the planet, seemingly alive and well?
As Keon digs into the mysteries he begins to realise that the death was connected to a mysterious object, potentially alien, discovered buried in ice under the north pole. Someone has worked out what is hidden there, and what its discovery will mean for mankind. Someone who is willing to kill.
And another player has entered the game. Someone who seems to know more about Keon than is possible.
Someone who might be using Liss's information against him.
Or who might be Alysha, back from the dead.

The second book in the series and one that continues to develop the principle character we met in the original novel.  As you'd expect if you read the original, the authors brings all of his skills to the fore giving and melding a cracking crime story alongside science fiction in such a way that it will appeal to readers of both genres.

Add to this top notch dialogue alongside a principle player you just love to spend time round generates a story that is hard to put down with "one more chapter" becoming a frequently uttered phrase within your home.  Just make sure you've got a sick day available as once you start you won't stop until that final page is turned.  Magic.

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