"Powerful science fiction with a mystery"
Over the last several centuries, Mexica becomes the earth's
superpower and begins traveling into outer space. In orbit
around the lifeless planet Ephesus III, a ship has become
silent leaving a scientific team marooned on the planet's
surface. The Mexica Imperial Navy orders archaeologist
Gretchen Anderssen to help rescue the scientists and return
with the ancient artifact that the explorer Russovsky found
on the planet.
The cruiser Cornuelle reaches its destination Ephesus III
only to learn that an artifact found on the planetary
surface was sent to the ship, but carelessly handled
leading to the release of a toxic agent that consumed all
organic material on board. Gretchen finds another million
years old object, apparently left by the First Sun species.
Crew member Imperial Judge Green Hummingbird refuses to
allow any of the First Sun technology to accompany them
back. When the science team boards the ship, Russovsky is
a mineral clone of herself. When Hummingbird goes planet
side to erase human traces, Gretchen follows him to learn
why the phobia exists about the First Sun civilization.
WASTELAND OF FLINT is an exciting futuristic, mostly outer
space, tale that displays Thomas Harlan's skills in world
building. The story line goes at warp speed from the
moment the Navy drafts Gretchen even with twists and turns
but especially when the Cornuelle reaches Ephesus III. The
prime players seem authentic and full dimensional, even the
crystallized Russovsky so that fans of earthlings visiting
other worlds will appreciate this powerful science fiction
with a mystery to augment the reading pleasure.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 30, 2003