Heaven�s Shadow by David S Goyer & Michael Cassutt. Book review

Heaven’s Shadow by David S Goyer & Michael Cassutt. Tor (July 2011) ‘17.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

A Near Earth Object (NEO) enters the earth’s orbit. Two rival spacecrafts set off, USA versus International Coalition, on a ‘seek and discover’ mission that will bring them more than they bargained for.

As you would expect from two such established screenwriters, Heaven’s Shadow is a visually enhanced science-fiction thriller. Tracking the progress of the two crews as they journey to NEO Keanu, Goyer and Cassutt employ filmic techniques to inter-cut action from mission control, the two spacecrafts and beyond, to bring the possibilities of space to life in a political climate just a few years ahead of our own.

The book has already been optioned for film and it is easy to see why. The action kicks off from the start as character threads begin to interweave, planting conflict at every turn. Tension mounts at an adrenaline-fuelled pace and a sense of impending doom becomes apparent to all involved. Time is handled expertly, providing back-story and all important character histories at the appropriate time, without slowing the pace. Things that were dead and buried unearth themselves throughout the building crises, and for Commander Zack Stewart facing the past may be the only choice. As the pages count up to a fresh approach on the disaster-story climax, the only option the crews have left is to try to overcome the unknown.

Heaven’s Shadow looks set to be the first in a highly lucrative trilogy. A contemporary and technologically savvy voice brings sci-fi thriller into the mainstream and anyone who loves action, space and a good deal of human conflict will enjoy this.

Heaven’s Shadow by David S Goyer & Michael Cassutt. Tor (July 2011) ‘17.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

A Near Earth Object (NEO) enters the earth’s orbit. Two rival spacecrafts set off, USA versus International Coalition, on a ‘seek and discover’ mission that will bring them more than they bargained for.

As you would expect from two such established screenwriters, Heaven’s Shadow is a visually enhanced science-fiction thriller. Tracking the progress of the two crews as they journey to NEO Keanu, Goyer and Cassutt employ filmic techniques to inter-cut action from mission control, the two spacecrafts and beyond, to bring the possibilities of space to life in a political climate just a few years ahead of our own.

The book has already been optioned for film and it is easy to see why. The action kicks off from the start as character threads begin to interweave, planting conflict at every turn. Tension mounts at an adrenaline-fuelled pace and a sense of impending doom becomes apparent to all involved. Time is handled expertly, providing back-story and all important character histories at the appropriate time, without slowing the pace. Things that were dead and buried unearth themselves throughout the building crises, and for Commander Zack Stewart facing the past may be the only choice. As the pages count up to a fresh approach on the disaster-story climax, the only option the crews have left is to try to overcome the unknown.

Heaven’s Shadow looks set to be the first in a highly lucrative trilogy. A contemporary and technologically savvy voice brings sci-fi thriller into the mainstream and anyone who loves action, space and a good deal of human conflict will enjoy this.