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“Golemon combines his typical action-adventure fare with more thriller elements this time, and he focuses more on the personal stakes of his characters. …Golemon knows how to make readers turn the pages, and Primeval will only further enhance his reputation.” ―Booklist

“Fans of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea will enjoy Golemon's recasting of the Jules Verne novel.” ―Publishers Weekly on Leviathan

“Golemon's third novel in the Event Group series proves to be his best yet….a mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series 24, and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show Coast to Coast AM.” ―Booklist on Ancients

“A tale worthy of the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, Legend is a definite must-read for action and adventure fans. Don't miss it.” ―Megalith.com

“The author…draws the reader in with an intriguing prologue…satisfying adventure.” ―Publishers Weekly on Legend

“Golemon can write action sequences with the best of them, and he lands a solid uppercut with this book. The depth of science fiction…is surprising and ingenious.” ―SFSignal.com on Legend

“The Roswell Incident--whether legend, fact, or some combination of both--has inspired countless novels and movies over the years, but David Lynn Golemon's Event peels back the layers of Roswell with refreshing originality. The action is spectacularly cinematic, the characters compelling, and the story is a flat-out adrenaline rush that pits real-world, cutting-edge military technology against a literally out-of-this-world threat. Even better, the Event Group itself is one of the best fictional agencies to arise in the literature of government conspiracies.” ―New York Times bestselling authors Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

“Fans of UFO fiction will find this a great read, and fans of military fiction won't be disappointed.” ―SFsignal.com on Event

“Imagine mixing in a blender a Tom Clancy novel with the movie Predator and the television series The X-Files....readers who enjoy nonstop action and lots of flying bullets will enjoy Golemon's series.” ―Library Journal on the Event Group Thrillers

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THE EVENT GROUP WILL GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

The United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt.

TO SOLVE A MYSTERY THAT DATES BACK TO THE DAWN OF TIME

Remote robots have uncovered human skeletal remains―and forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over 700 million years old. As the news of this discovery is leaked across the universe―and a battle rages over the truth of our heritage―the Event Group is tasked to unravel the mystery behind this ancient visitor. Colonel Jack Collins once again leads a team of the world's greatest scientists and philosophers on a journey that will take the Event Group into the realm of space and confront one of humanity's most pressing questions: Could something―or someone―else be coming to finish a war that began almost a billion years ago?

"the event group continues the tradition of mixing history with page-turning suspense." ―Booklist

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Product Details

  • Series: Event Group Thrillers (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250008654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008657
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this book was much better than the previous novel- I enjoyed the plot much more and the premise was more interesting than Primeval. The only weakness was that I felt the ending was a little rushed and could have been better explained; to me, it seemed as though the author was too busy planning for the future of the series and just stopped writing the last chapter. Overall, I enjoyed it and liked the character development as well as the introduction of Tram.
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This Event Group story takes a new and improved twist in the arc of these books. The last couple of stories were getting repetitive and it seems Golemon got things back on track. By the cover you can tell the plot is based on the Moon. All the characters in the previous books are here and even a few more interesting ones are added. I won't give away any major plot lines, but this book goes back to the days before the Event Group existed and tells how Senator Lee got the ball rolling. Best of all, this book will lead readers into future stories that should keep fans of this series entertained for some time to come.
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I saw this book at the base exchange and the cover caught my eye. However, I will say that this book definitely fits the bill of "don't judge a book by its cover."

It was in the reading of this book that I was reminded of a commentary from one of Larry Niven's books. The basic gist is that another author, who was using the same editor as Niven at that time, was told by the editor to correct glaring errors regarding the Apollo Program. That other author refused to, saying "no one remembers the Apollo Era," and was never published by that company.

As a member of the Space Cadre and a military aviator, though I will say that this book is entertaining, it is riddled with scientific, historical, technical, and military protocol inaccuracies and errors that made reading it pretty painful and frustrating. I outline a bunch of them below:

1. A mushroom cloud on the moon, really? You need an atmosphere (which allows for convective heating and cooling) to get a mushroom cloud, not to mention a "suspension" of the particulate matter from the explosion in a "cloud" form. Otherwise, all the exploded matter just falls back down to the surface.

2. Runway designations are "one-digit" or "two-digits" (from the first two digits of the runway's magnetic heading, with leading zeros being omitted) plus an "optional letter" (if there are more than one runway pointed in the same direction). As an example, these "optional letters" would be L (for Left), C (for Center), or R (for Right) for airfields with three runways pointed in the same direction. I don't know what kind of airfield would have a runway called "3B."
(Psst...the runways at Incheon International Airport are 15R/33L, 15L/33R, and 16/34...)

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<Spoiler Alert: Plot elements may be discussed> Read this book now; if you haven't read the previous Event Group thrillers by Mr Golemon, I recommend reading them first to establish the background. But then dive into Legacy without delay. Every once in a while a book comes along that deals with questions that we often wonder about, such as "how did everything begin", or "where did we come from", or "is there anybody else out in space", or "what created the asteroid belt", or "how did the moon get there"? This book deals with questions like these in a realistic way using the best theories in actual existence. It puts our usual band of heroes at the threshold between reality and science fiction, and the journey there is a thrill ride. Without revealing too much, here are some words from the back cover: return to the moon, human skeletons over 700 million years old, human heritage, a war that began a billion years ago. I will add just a bit more - ancient scientific mysteries and a rampaging ancient legacy. In case you might be thinking that this is just science fiction drivel and you are not a fan of such writings, let me assure you that it is not (quite). The Event Group, as depicted in these novels, is a scientific-military organization (hidden black ops budget style) working in today's world, who travel the globe responding to incidents of legend, myth, and strange artifacts that could prove detrimental to humankind. They use today's weaponry and scientific tools to deal with things not usually associated with normal science. These books are far and away some of the most enjoyable that I have read. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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I wish there was a way to give "half-stars"--two-and-a-half is what I really want to give this book.

I've enjoyed the previous books in this series to varying degrees, but this one stretched things a bit. The basic story had some promise but I was continually distracted by the repeated fallacies and technical mistakes that kept cropping up. The author really, really needed to have someone (or several someones) who are familiar with spaceflight mechanics, spaceflight history, and basic astronomy review this book before publication.
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