Eden 459
Martin J. Stab
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Martin J. Stab
GMA Publishing
332 pages
October 2002
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Eden-459 is about the culmination of a global dream of the successful creation of a new International Space Station and the subsequent creation of a spaceship that is capable of carrying the first astronauts on a forward-only, no-return trip to a new unexplored planet. Unbeknown to the astronauts or the flight officials, rogue aliens sneak inside the United States Pentagon and plan the destruction of the mission and ultimately the fate of the flyers on board. In an interesting side note, the Roswell incident is convincingly explained once and for all.

The E-One’s commander, Phil Bennett, faces personal illness, a murder aboard ship, the threat of a mutiny, an interstellar battle, and the indescribable agony that he and his crew can never return to Earth. Add to that a gigantic asteroid threatening Earth with total annihilation. Never giving up however, the intrepid group doggedly plunges ahead through black holes and time warps to the planet of their destination, Planet Xeron.

Martin J. Stab does a good job of creating a new world out of the thin air and making it believable. His characters utilize dialogue to good effect most of the time. The settings are otherworldly without being so outlandish as to be laughable. There is enough “spit and polish” in the Pentagon to make it seem true to life. All in all, any fan of science fiction would be pleased to while away a few hours reading Eden-459.

© 2004 by Camden Alexander for Curled Up With a Good Book

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