Heaven's Shadow by David S. GoyerHeaven's Shadow by David S. Goyer

Heaven's Shadow

byDavid S. Goyer, Michael Cassutt

Paperback | June 26, 2012

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From the acclaimed authors of Heaven's War comes a tale that gives "Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money." (Robert J. Sawyer)

An immense object is approaching Earth. Two manned vehicles race through space to land first on the frozen, desolate surface: one launched by NASA, the other representing a Russian-Indian-Brazilian Coalition. Both crews have orders to do whatever it takes to claim it as their own.

But the entity is not simply a rock hurtling through the blackness. It has been sent to Earth for a reason. A vastly more intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And their interstellar courier carries a message that the very core of humanity has responded to since time began…

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David S. Goyer is a screenwriter, film director, and comic book writer. His screenplays include Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel.Michael Cassutt is a television producer, scriptwriter, and author. His TV work includes The Twilight Zone, Max Headroom, and Eerie, Indiana. His novels include Missin...
Title:Heaven's ShadowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.5 × 4.13 × 1 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937007642

ISBN - 13:9781937007645

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read I'm not much into sci-fi novels to begin with, but I found the premise of this novel quite interesting. The space exploration plot was well written, although some of the characters were not as well developed as others. In all, the way the novel is written made me feel as if I was actually reading an upcoming movie.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heaven's Shadow A compelling novel of close encounters with a revenant and alien life form, the Architects. Interesting speculation on the persistence of the human soul in the universe, after death.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Begins well, stumbles in search of a direction, then ultimately falls hard This is one of those stories where the whole doesn't live up to sum of its parts. The best parts of the story are in the first third, where the astronauts begin to realize that their rogue asteroid isn't wholly natural, and may in fact be home to the remnants of an alien civilization. The struggle between the duty of exploration, the joy of discovery, and the fear of the unknown is handled very well, with the astronauts coming across as both human and professional. The second third has its moments, particularly in the first reveal of the sentinels and the remnants, but the story just can't sustain matters. As for the final third, it just becomes a jumbled mess that fumbles nearly all of the many of the balls it was juggling. The sheer lack of professionalism at NASA is ludicrous, the almost complete lack-of-reaction to the impact of alien probes is ridiculous, and the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Rapture would be comical, if it wasn't so strained and out-of-place. It also needs to be said that the portrayal of women in this book is atrocious, and that's not an issue I generally take notice of. They're all weepy, emotional, fragile wrecks who are defined as much by their relationships as their reactions . . . and who, it is suggested, are possibly not fit to be astronauts in the first place. Once you realize it, it makes for a very uncomfortable read. All-in-all, a novel that begins well, stumbles in trying to find a direction, and ultimately falls face-first in choosing the wrong direction. There's a sequel to come, but no interest here.
Date published: 2012-02-23

Editorial Reviews

“[A] trippy, pulse-pounding tale.”Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Strain“Terrific…With Heaven’s Shadow, Cassutt and Goyer give Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money. Prepare to have your world rocked.”Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of Triggers"Heaven's Shadow may be as close as I ever get to an actual ride with NASA. But what a ride!"Jack McDevitt, author of Firebird“A faster than the speed of light science fiction that targets readers who prefer action to the nth degree.”Alternative Worlds