Five thousand years ago, the Kinley built a ship capable of traveling faster than light. It carried a group of scientists to the distant planet Earth with a single mission: peaceful observation. But when the ship was destroyed, the crew found themselves stranded in Egypt during the reign of the pharaohs. With no way home, they buried their technology deep beneath the desert and sent a last desperate message into the stars…
Today the Kinley homeworld hovers on the brink of extinction. An enemy that nearly obliterated their race has risen again—now with the ability to destroy them for good. A lone Kinley soldier named Pruit is sent on a desperate mission: she must follow the ancient beacon back to Earth and recover the secrets to faster-than-light travel.
I'm a child of the 70s. More importantly, I'm a geek child of the 70s. I was always fascinated by those In Search of...
shows hosted by Leonard Nimoy. Chasing Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster fascinated me.
Likewise, I was also fascinated by another 70s artifact...Chariots of the Gods?
That book speculated that ancient astronauts came to Earth and gave advanced technology to primitive peoples allowing huge leaps in human advancement.
I have a feeling Ms. Dayton was also a fan of Chariots
Her novel, Resurrection
, takes the Chariots
speculation and puts a face on it.
Weaving together the story of a Pruit, a modern Kinley, and the story of her ancestors who landed on Earth 3000 years ago in Egypt. Throw in another alien race in pursuit of the same tech and a Earthling love interest, and Ms. Dayton's novel, Resurrection
, becomes a good old-fashioned sci-fi read.
As with any fictional book that has to establish its world, Resurrection
is a bit slow to start. You can't just jump into 3000 years of history and two ancient cultures without some exposition. And when the history and the cultures are aliens, that task becomes even more cumbersome. But once that necessary evil is taken care of, Resurrection
, kicks into high gear.
is a pulpy page turner. I found myself eagerly turning the pages in hopes of finding out what happened to the ancient Kinley crew, as well as what would happen to Pruit on her quest to save her homeworld.
So, if you're a fan of "unexplained mysteries" or alternate histories, give Resurrection
a shot. There is something in it for just about everyone.
Resurrection is out today in paperback from 47North.