You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation.
The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself.
Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided that Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations.
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by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
"With this audiobook, listeners will enjoy the long-distance love story as much as the technically savvy science fiction. Narrator Robert Fass takes a steady, deliberate approach in delivering the events that ensue when an apparently indestructible (but damaged) alien artifact dives like a comet towards the sun. His friendly, American, middle-range voice offers slight but recognizable differentiation between the characters. As newscasts are interspersed throughout the chapters, Fass treats them like any other text. Earth's governments are in their usual uproar, and the militarization of space is a real possibility. The subplots have been done before, but here the science is current, with an extrapolation or two. But people are still people, and aliens are . . . something else, evidently. Or--are they? D.R.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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