Stoner knew that the fiery object hurtling toward the Earth was an alien spacecraft-but the world might never know. He was trapped in an iron cordon of secrecy, for the discovery had set off a brutal power struggle among the elite, raging from the sacred halls of the Vatican to the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. The forces of fear and treachery would use any weapon at their command-from mind war to sabotage-to keep the world in darkness. Aided by a brilliant Soviet linguist and a lovely young student, Stoner planned a desperate mission-a wild, heart-stopping gamble to preserve the legacy of the star voyager for all mankind.
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by Ben Bova
"What would happen if the Earth were to have contact with an alien spacecraft? This first novel in the Voyagers trilogy, written in 1981, explores that question. Ex-astronaut Keith Stoner is compelled to join the joint U.S.-Soviet mission to intercept the spacecraft and to be part of this history-making encounter. Stefan Rudnicki's mastery of accents is showcased in this production. His characterization is vivid, and the interaction between the characters is intense and fast paced. He draws out the undercurrent of Cold War tension between the Soviets and the Americans, which contrasts with the trust and collegiality that Claussen with interjections of press clips and some dialogue. J.E.M. 2007 Audies Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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