"Sci Fi junkie's triumph"
Post doctorate physicist Sarah Bakker detects the signals
that act radically different than anything observed
before. Though remaining skeptical, as SETI has had false
alarms before, Sarah believes the signal is emanating in an
area of space where no star is near enough to cause a
natural phenomenon leading to the possibility that
intelligent life has been detected.
TV journalist Rachel Davies links Sarah's story to a UFO
nut case that State Senator Jason Parker sees as an
opportunity to add United in the front of his job résumé.
He is in a partnership to further the needs of himself,
Davies, graduate student Steven Weiss and UFOlogist
Jonathan Travis at the cost of the truth. His actions lead
to the Army establishing the Galaxy Expedition Team led by
Captain Thomas Hackett. As Thomas and Sarah become
acquainted and attracted to one another, they seek the
truth, which is out there on the edge of the solar system.
The opening novel of a quartet is an engaging tale that
sets the stage for the remaining books. Manipulators for
personal gain battle with those who face the reality that
they are coming, but for what purpose and will they stay?
Sarah is a delightful idealist who wants to do the right
thing. Thomas is a charming career soldier who will follow
orders, but do his best to insure the right thing occurs.
Jason and his cohorts are a cynical foursome though in some
ways Jonathan does not quite fit into the group. Fans of
first encounter tales will relish Kevin Randle's book that
leaves SIGNALS, the first book in The Exploration
Chronicles a Sci Fi junkie's triumph and will have fans
eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 2, 2003