Title: Solstice ***SIGNED***
Publisher: Warner Books, NY
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author on Full Title Page
Edition: 1st. US Edition, 1st Printing.
First US Edition, First Printing with full number line. Signed, without inscription, by author on the FULL title page. Fine book with bruised spine base in Fine dust jacket. All our books are bubble wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box with Delivery Confirmation. NO remainder mark, NO previous owner markings or inscriptions, NOT price clipped, NOT a Book Club Edition, NOT an Ex-Lib. Dust jacket covered in protective clear wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 010280
Synopsis: As the millennium approaches, the climate on Earth is getting progressively hotter, a phenomenon which makes scientists and others extremely nervous. Unease quickly turns to panic when Air Force One is successfully downed, key communications networks are disrupted, and the world's financial institutions are pushed to the brink of collapse. CIA science chief Helen Wagner and Michael Lieberman, a brilliant designer of a giant space-based solar array, must contend with techno-savvy activists who plan to use the array to cut modern society off at the knees...and start civilization over from scratch.
From Kirkus Reviews: Scientists battle eco-terrorists in a remarkably well-written thriller, a US first by British author Hewson, a journalist and computer-technology expert for The Times of London. To the scientific community, it was always clear that Charley Pascal was a genius, but it came to seem that she was also insane. A more nightmarish combination would be hard to conjure up, given that shes captured the giant space-based solar powerhousea devastating weapon in savvy handsthat in her salad days she helped design. In Charley's view, humankind has lost its way, is despoiling the planet, and is now ``the enemy species'' that has to be cleansed. Central to her vision is the idea of a return to a natural order of things, but the enabling force, she decides, must be chaos, which will deliver crushing blows to civilization in the hope that something better will rise up in the aftermath. For CIA science chief Helen Wagner, the battle begins when Air Force One, with the President aboard, is mysteriously downed. For maverick scientist Michael Lieberman, it begins when the sun develops huge and scary ``freckles,'' precursors of violent solar behavior. What could the first possibly have to do with the second? Pretty soon, the evidence is incontrovertible that apocalyptic Charley forms the connecting link, along with the Children of Gaia, her small but devoted and highly skilled band of computer engineers. Crack-brained cultists they may be, but no one doubts their effectiveness as they generate catastrophe upon catastrophe around the globe. The beleaguered new President assembles his ad hoc team of counterterrorist specialists, with Helen and Michael in charge. Their mission: to find Charley and the Children of Gaia, then stop them before they try to save civilization by destroying it. Hewson's science is both complex and authentic. Andperhaps even more impressive for a technothrillerso are his characters. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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