Item description for The Artifact by Patrick Astre...
Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.
Now, after two researchers conducted unauthorized experiments on it, something has awakened inside, something as old as time, wielding incalculable power and an agenda of doom. While America's military struggles against an impossible power, only a twelve-year-old crippled computer hacker and an aging police detective hold the key to the artifact. But they must overcome disbelieving authorities in a desperate race against time, with the very survival of humanity in the balance.
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More About Patrick Astre
Award-winning author Patrick Astre served in the US Army Infantry, stationed in Germany during the height of the Cold War. Rising to the rank of Sergeant E-5, Astre finished his last year of service as a Drill Instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Artifact?
Very bad book. May 8, 2008
Great premise, very badly executed. It was so predictable: the "hero" is a 12-year-old kid in a wheel chair; his best buddy is the heart-of-gold black guy who can't get a break in this racist world; the "other" hero is a woman with the power of love. The baddies are all white government-type guys. Oh, and of course the supernatural baddie... who can remotely cause a CD drive to smoke. Right. Jeesh.
Great, Alien Sci-Fi Jun 4, 2006
I listened to the unabridged audio edition of the Artifact and was pleasantly surprised. It was a gripping tense thriller, packed with action and suspense and quite a few endearing characters. Frankly, I hope Mr. Astre chooses to write another. In particular I liked the characters of Mikey, Donny, and the Janitor.
The story? It's about an ancient alien Artifact unearthed by the Israeli's and studied in an American lab. At first the artifact seems benign but soon the sinister truth becomes evident... Can a handicapped child and his uncle save the day or will earth be destroyed by a new alien menace?
Astre's writing is quite smooth. His characters are well-written and sympathetic. My only peeve with this book was the multiple POV switch. I found it a little herky jerky to stitch between so many characters especially at the beginning. And when each chapter introduces another character (usually someone who will die), I found it a bit disconcerting. I prefer novels where there is a single set of characters and the POV switches are kept to a minimum.
This was a fun quick read and reminds me a bit of Crichton's work. I can easily see a film being made out of this. Recommend fo sci-fi fans.