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Author: Rob Boffard
Publisher: Orbit, 2016
Redhook, 2016
Series: Outer Earth: Book 3

1. Tracer
2. Zero-G
3. Impact

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Following Tracer and Zero-G comes Impact, the explosive conclusion to the Outer Earth trilogy - a heart-pounding thriller set in space where the hero moves like lightning and the consequences for failure are deadly.

A signal has been picked up from Earth.

The planet was supposed to be uninhabitable. But it seems there are survivors down there - with supplies, shelter and running water. Perhaps there could be a future for humanity on Earth after all.

Riley Hale will find out soon enough. She's stuck on a spaceship with the group of terrorists that is planning to brave the planet's atmosphere and crash-land on the surface.

But when the re-entry goes wrong, Riley ends up hundreds of miles from her companions Prakesh and Carver, alone in a barren wilderness. She'll have to use everything she knows to survive.

And all of them are about to find out that nothing on Earth is what it seems . . .



The meteor tears a hole in the sky.

The low-hanging clouds glow gold, as if the sun itself has dropped into the atmosphere. Then the white-hot rock rips them in two.

There's a shape behind the flames, just visible past the corona. A long cylinder, black against the clouds, attached to the meteor by a shimmering cord. The cord breaks, and the crack is loud enough to knock frost off the trees below.

The man on the ground throws himself to the dirt, hands over his ears, as if the pieces were passing right above the tree line. Icy mud soaks his skin, but he barely notices.

His cheek is pressed to the ground, the world turned sideways, but he can still see the pieces. Their white heat has faded to a dark red. Most of them are vanishing over the eastern horizon, but at least one seems to be plummeting right towards him, screaming down through the air. He scrambles to his feet, trying to run. But the piece is nowhere near him - how could he have thought it was? It's going down in the east, the red metal fading to scorched black. His heart is pounding, and in the split second before it vanishes over the horizon, its shape leaps out at him.

That's not just a meteor.

It's a ship.

Slowly, ever so slowly, the roar begins to fade. There's a final crackle, like fading thunder, and then it's gone.

His legs are shaking, but none of his companions notice.

They're as stunned as he is, staring up at the sky.

One of them is moving, pushing through the brush, yelling at them to follow him.

"Think there'll be survivors?" someone shouts.

"No one survives a crash like that," comes the reply.

But the man isn't so sure. A long time ago, he was in one just like it.

Copyright © 2016 by Rob Boffard


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