THE ORION PROTOCOL by GARY TIGERMAN
Project Orion. It's a revolutionary space-based defense
shield, only weeks away from deployment. Promising global
protection from missile attack by rogue nations, Orion
offers an "umbrella" of security to a terror-stricken
world. But even the loftiest aims often conceal darker
intentions. Behind closed doors, insiders maneuver to
control the new superweapon with an agenda that places all
mankind at risk.
When Angela Browning, an ambitious journalist, receives a
mysterious computer disk from an anonymous source, she
can't believe the information it contains: photos of
ancient structures on the planet Mars. But after diligent
research, Angela discovers that the images originated from
the Mars Observer probe, a satellite declared "lost" over a
decade before. Perhaps even more troubling than the
artifacts themselves is the implication that somehow,
somewhere in the corridors of power, it's been decided that
the discovery of intelligent life on Mars must be
Angela's quest for the truth eventually leads her to Jake
Deaver, the commander of the last Apollo mission to the
moon. Deaver, a maverick his whole career, may be the only
one who can help her shed light on a conspiracy that
reaches into the darkest corners of Washington politics.
But the pair's investigation takes them dangerously close
to Project Orion, and a powerful cabal determined to
prevent anyone from jeopardizing their plans. Now Jake and
Angela must face the stark reality that pursuing the truth
may put both their lives at risk. And the choice they make
will change the world forever.
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