Asteroid Gould-Stockman is about to slam into Mars. The entire world is about to witness the greatest celestial event in the history of mankind on Earth. Its discoverer, Kristen Gould, a single parent and a recently minted Ph.D. in the emerging field of Unified Sciences finds herself thrown into unknown territory... right in the middle of the intense media focus resulting from the biggest space story since Apollo 11. Kristen currently works as a coordinating scientist on the extended manned mission to the Moon for the Space Coast Human Endeavor Lunar Project in Florida. Almost immediately after the impact, curious events occur. Every government which has, or thinks it has the expertise and resources, announces its intentions to send a mission to Mars to find out what is going on. Kristen and the Lunar Project team shifts gears from an extended Moon mission to a makeshift Mars mission, in order to get there before both manned and unmanned spacecraft from Russia, China, India, and North Korea. Claiming national security issues, the military attempts to take over decision-making from the scientists and politics becomes as important as the science and engineering of discovery. Time, speed and the extreme challenges of sending a mission to Mars without years of research, development and testing become obvious and nobody knows what the other nations are capable of executing and what extreme risks they are willing to take to secure the inside track to get there first. Kristen is introduced to an off the grid closet scientist known only as the 'Mad Israeli'. Is he delusional, naive... or is he onto something our future Nobel physicists have not yet contemplated? Can a young scientist stand toe to toe with the existing powerful political interests, including a three star General and the President of the United States? How much should she rely on her new friendships when they conflict with her traditional scientific education? Can the U.S. catch up and mount a successful mission to Mars? If not, will the U.S. military try to destroy or undermine the efforts of other governments if it is unable to get there before the others? Will the other nations attempt to cut out the American mission? Should there be global cooperation or is it every country on its own? Can we learn to use established principles of science as a basis to make difficult decisions in all aspects of life? Grab some popcorn, settle in and let's see what the future may hold when dealing with competition and balancing the demands of national security and the quest for knowledge. Keystone is a parFlix ® novel, designed, if you choose, to be read as a movie production. You can cast your favorite movie stars or your own friends in the key roles and hear their voices and visualize the scenes as you totally experience reading... Keystone.
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