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Thunderstrike! Paperback – May 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738800333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738800332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,011,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael McCollum is the author of eight science fiction novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in Analog Science Fiction, Amazing, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His novels were originally published by Balla

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "spacejocky" on October 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I discovered Michael McCollum about a year ago and have been reading his titles as fast as I can get them. I love science fiction, but not fantastica, which is what I find most authors produce. What I like about McCollum's style is that his science and any theoretical license he takes is solidly grounded in practicality and therefore what he writes makes sense. Also his characters seem like real people with every day problems, which include things like paying bills and such--the only different being is the year is 2150 or thereabouts. His themes vary enough so that each book you read is thoroughly different. Thunderstrike is based on a comet coming from deep space on collision course for earth. The comet is discovered and observed for some time before someone computes it will hit earth. Then the fun begins! First, our heroes have to fly out and intercept the comet, land on it and try to blast it into pieces. Failing that they try to turn the comet into a rocket ship and try to propel it into another orbit, but that proves almost impossible (you'll have to read the book to see what I mean by almost). Then they try to propel asteroids into its path to divert it-like a game of deep space billiards. Finally they have no choice but to try and crash it into the moon to save Mother Earth, but that means it will be necessary to evacuate the 10 million people living on the Lunar Republic before the impact. The conclusion is hair-raising and very, very surprising. I can understand why Hollywood has purchased the screen rights, because this will make a great movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2012
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This is a very entertaining story. Good character development. An easy to digest writing style. The science is pretty hard as in fairly probable. It keeps you engrossed in the story. And the world building in this one is quite good. An adaptation of human culture in an alien environment years after earth became uninhabitable due to the sun.

My only nits to pick would be a slightly rushed ending and not fleshing out the results and true motivations of the plans of some factions battling near the end of the ordeal. Does leave room for more in a sequel, but even then it felt rushed. Like okay, we're done wrap it up. I have had this complaint about a couple other novels by Mr. McCollum. Still I highly recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy E. Hebert on September 3, 2012
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I loved the concept & the story overall, but it was much too easy to get bogged down in the scientific details. I love sci-fi that rings true & possible, but too much scientific evidence makes me wish the story would just move on! The escape from Luna was exciting & believable & the main characters were fairly well developed. You got to like Thorpe very much & Amber somewhat although she was an egg-head at times & too naive for the most part. Overall, I think it was worth the read.
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By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2014
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I originally read this as a paperback many years ago and loved it. When it came out on Kindle, I just had to have it and reread it. A very enjoyable book with great characters and an enjoyable plot.
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