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Latent Flaw, the highly anticipated sequel to Prelude to Extinction has arrived. It has been three years since the crew of the Magellan returned, and Earth may now be a target.

A crescent moon set against a jeweled field of stars gracefully slid into view. The thin arc of its crater-filled landscape drew Jack’s mind in. His eyes followed the long, inky shadows cast by jagged crater walls as they cut sharply into the pockmarked ashen terrain.

Deeper within the jet-black lunar night-side were the lonely peaks of a smattering of mountain tops, catching a few last rays of sunlight. All Jack felt was a desire to escape; to be down there exploring...perhaps uncovering some new detail in the history of Earth’s nearest neighbor. Anything to avoid the chaos that was now poised to engulf him. But there was no choice; something was actively sabotaging their work and threatening the entire alien archive program. The recent attacks were anything but random and growing more bold.

They knew he was on to them. A rogue signal now pointed to the frigid, dusty realm of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

The question is: can they stop him before he finds them?

©2022 Andreas Karpf (P)2022 Podium Audio

Critic reviews

"A fast-paced...spacefaring tale. The high level of excitement makes for a diverting read, particularly for fans of the previous installment." (Kirkus Reviews

"Superior hard SF sequel...The second sweeping installment in Karpf's Xenophobia series continues the dazzling, thoughtful adventures of [Prelude to Extinction]...Readers of serious science fiction will love it. (Booklife by Publisher's Weekly)

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  • 08-09-22

Don remains but he's not as bad as before

Yes, Don survived the first novel without being spaced. He's back, but not as outrageously annoying as in the first book.

This one started out pretty good. I thought it was an improvement on the first book. But then it took a turn for the worse. Without spoiling, AC Clarke's quote about advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic applies here. And there is a magician doing way too many tricks. Really, it gets pretty stupid.

Jonathan Davis is great as always, but there are still some places where the "he said/she said" stuff stands out from his nuanced dialog. Not sure why that keeps happening, but it is distracting.