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  • By DeeDee Sails on May 1, 2015

    Ken Varnold writes a compelling story with the fast moving round-the-world tale of an astrophysicist who becomes a proficient hunter when hunted. There are a lot of characters in this story, but they are easily identifiable, and often presented as friends we might enjoy knowing ourselves, or creatures so vile we would avoid them at all cost. The conjecture of an astroid hurtling through space, which could destroy everything we know, should make us question just what is of real value to us. This fascinating journey often holds us in suspense, and never fails to surprise with the next twist.

  • By Annette on July 20, 2015

    Loved the story line. Romance and action made for a riveting journey. Enjoyed the blend of cynicism & optimism the main character brings. Well done Varnold.

  • By Michael B. Holm on July 10, 2015

    One would think that the discovery of an asteroid hurtling towards Earth would conjure up visions of rockets, new technology to beat it, etc, etc. But no! This discover is only a trigger to a completely different story. Really, an edge of your seat, nail biting, whodunit, chase thriller. I could not put it down and read the book in two sittings. I suggest starting at 7:30am on a completely free Saturday or Sunday. Turn off the phone - unplug the doorbell. Then, you won’t fall asleep at 1:30am on the sofa and have to work at 7:00am the next day. This is Ken’s best novel to date and I've thoroughly enjoyed his other work as well. Very, very well done.

  • By Linda Leahy on July 23, 2015

    Suspenseful...a thriller, and I couldn't put it down. An asteroid is hurling toward the earth...and what do we do about it? Very well written - kept me on the edge of my seat. Pretty scary stuff but in the end it makes you realize that the end of the world is not what it's all about - it's about how we handle it and live our lives. Thank you, Ken Varnold, for a great read!

  • By Marlena on May 26, 2015

    The story had a great philosophical tone to it: how different societies treat the death all people face, and yet, the similarities all cultures have in the hope of their children having a better life. With a certain time limit provided by the asteroid, the question of how do we live dying everyday came face to face with me as a reader and it was interesting seeing the main characters face it constantly as time passed.

  • By Kindle Customer on June 15, 2015

    An asteroid heading for earth... I was waiting for someone to call Bruce Willis to blow it up... not even close! This book is much deeper than that. What do you do when you know the end is coming? The story line has multiple twists and turns. I found myself reading late into the night, one more chapter, then one more. It is well written and probably his best work to date.

  • By Cynthia Steiner on July 23, 2015

    I couldn't put it down....riveting. Ken masterfully weaves suspense, science, technology, political tensions, greed, betrayal, loyalty, love, family, sex, fantasy, the past and the future as we share Barnes' incredible discovery and resulting adventure. HIGHLY RECOMMEND and hope to see this fine work on the big screen someday.....better than most movie plots I have seen in the past 5 years. Well done! Look forward to Ken Varnold's next novel.

  • By janet maher on February 27, 2016

    Urumqi is absolutely unbelievable! The asteroid plot gets lost in a frenzy of brotherly betrayal, mad government conspiracy, Uyghurs, noble Peruvians, revenge, credibility stretching escapes, etc etc. The female characters represent every cliche. The asteroid can't come too soon!


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