Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)


Take the Washington backroom deals and intelligence/counter intelligence of "The X-Files," add the alien technology of "Stargate," and then spice it up with some "Pacific Rim" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" touches. That should give you a home recipe hack forSleeping Giants. This first book in the Themis Files sets up the rest of the series (obviously), by introducing the search for and recovery of pieces from what seems to be a giant sculpture. There are hands, arms, legs, a head. A team of experts in seemingly unrelated fields is put together for the search and the assembly. Dr. Rose Franklin is the physicist heading the team, there are two military pilots helping with the search, a young linguist trying to interpret alien symbols on the artifacts, a geneticist, and other support personnel. They are all working on a worldwide search for the pieces and on finding the purpose for what they create. Oh, and did I mention the mysterious nameless man who seems to be pulling all the strings behind the scenes?

The story is told through personal journal entries and transcripts of conversations, briefings, etc. For those who enjoy "We are not alone" type stories, or really any sort of thriller/mystery with a sci-fi flare, this story has plenty to offer. There are characters with all sorts of quirks, international tensions (Russia, North Korea, the Middle East), the thrill of scientific discovery, the knowledge of alien civilizations, and big questions - Who left this here? What is is for? Are they coming back? Of course we'll have to wait for the other books to answer those satisfactorily, but some hints are provided. 

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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