The story opens in the trenches in France during World War I. Dr. Jonathan Chalmers and his friend, Paul Baker, enlisted hoping to be involved in the heroic battle to drive the Germans out of France. Instead they find themselves in muddy trenches being shot at. Both are wounded. Paul dies and Jonathan is sent back to the United States, but not before he has an extraterrestrial encounter that changes his life.
This book is described as a conspiracy thriller, but it doesn't fit the genre. It starts with history and moves rapidly into science fiction. The opening chapters are well done. The description of trench warfare is realistic, and we get to know the hero. However, the rest of the book reads like a meeting in the Washington bureaucracy. Jonathan's character becomes two dimensional and none of the other characters are fleshed out at all.
I felt the book lacked focus. The plot covers hundreds of years and picks up most of the political and scientific controversies from WWII on. On one level, it's interesting to see how the author pieces all the historical incidents together and throws in some religion and science fiction. However, as a thriller, it misses the mark. There isn't enough action. If you love meetings and getting a peek at the bureaucracy, this is the book for you. If not, give it a miss.
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