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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ASI Publishing (October 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0975927108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975927106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . unable to speak, he felt faint from panic and his heart hammered in his chest. He noticed that the alien was injured, but he didn't give a damn about that right now. All he wanted to do was get off this ship. Now. He finally got his wits working, turned around and flew down the hallway as fast as his feet could carry him, thinking of nothing but out! Out! Out!

He felt a sharp pain in his back and yelled, "Oh God!"

The last thing he remembered was a blurred image of the hatchway . . .

About the Author

Clint Smith, P.E., is an internationally known technical author whose books and industry trade articles are used extensively in the telecommunication industry.

Clint holds a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also a registered professional engineer and an adjunct professor.

He lives with his wife Mary, and his two children, Sam and Rose, in New York. When he is not working on telecommunication projects, he can usually be found fishing, or tending to his orchard.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Creech on February 21, 2005
Infusion is a valiant first effort at fiction writing by technical author Clint Smith, but it falls short of its promise. The plot concept is sound, and makes interesting parallels with the conflicts between economics and ecology, but the actual story-telling could use a bit more work, or at least a better editor. The first half of the book left me cringing quite often, but the pace and the writing pick up in the last third of the book.

Essentially, the novel is an examination of the effects of unethical mining practices on local ecology. In this case, it is alien pirates mining dattan in Earth's atmosphere, causing a storm that makes the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia look like a wave pool. The aliens (Kimoph and Zeron) need the dattan to restore the atmospheres of their planets, which were destroyed in their civil war. Although Earth is a "preserve" because it contains life, one mining corporation has decided that the wealth of dattan on Earth will be better served on Kimoph and Zeron, and in their own coffers. The morality tale aspect of the plot smacks the reader in the face nearly as hard as a Star Trek episode at its most preachy-est. While it appeals to my environmentalist tendencies, it becomes tiresome.

One of the main characters in the novel is Kiren, an undercover agent in the alien's equivalent of the US Department of the Interior. KIEF officers have a bit more teeth than US Forrest Service agents and can back up the laws protecting the Preserve with firepower. Kiren is the token strong female in a cast of male action heroes, but she beats them out in the end, which should make me happy, I suppose.

My main beef is with the writing. The Kimoph and Zeron, for all their alien-ness, have some surprising similarities to humans; North Americans in particular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglass A. White on January 24, 2005
I don't read much fiction at all but this was a real treat. I found it hard to put the book down. Being an engineer, I was intrigued by the sprinkling of technical descriptions that created vivid images in my imagination.

I recommend this sci-fi story to anyone with a sense of adventure and wonder. It has a good story line, meaty character interactions (human and otherwise), some suspense, and a nice plot twist.
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By Janette Walby on May 9, 2005
While I don't normally read Sci-Fi books, I found myself enjoying Infusion by Clint Smith. I liked that one of the main characters was a stong female who eventually overcame her male counterparts. The environmental aspect of the plot was fascinating, as we are well aware that what happens in one part of our world affects everyone to some degree. While I read for enjoyment and not the technical aspects of a book, I appreciated things like the direction at which the aliens went to earth since we do not currently monitor the North and South poles for "invasion". I found myself wrapped up in what was going to happen, who was going to survive, what would happen to earth, and I hope Clint writes a sequel since the end left me with questions I would like to see him answer in a follow up book.
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Infusion by Clint Smith is one of the few science fiction I've read. I prefer my Sci Fi on the big or small screens. Having said that, Infusion kept me coming back for more. The book goes to great lengths to provide the technical nuances, which can some times be overlooked. It starts off slow developing plots and personalities. Then like a roller coaster it rockets you toward the finish. Although any the open questions were answered at the end, I found myself wanting to know more about the charters fates. The plot could easily spawn a sequel or two. I would recommend Infusion to everyone.
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