Today, I will be reviewing Gravity by James M. Corkill.
About the Book
Geologist Alex Cave receives an urgent message about an unusual geologic event in Iceland. When he arrives, he sees two video recordings. The first is of large globules of glowing magma rising from a glacier. The second video, taken in the exact same place several days later, shows a deep tunnel into the volcano. He is asked to investigate the strange phenomenon, and what he discovers at the bottom is an alien device capable of being more powerful than a nuclear weapon.
Before he can retrieve the device, it is stolen and activated, but for some reason it cannot be turned off, and threatens to bring down the International Space Station. When it begins changing the orbit of the moon, the extreme tidal affect begins to destroy the shorelines of every continent in the Northern Hemisphere.
Alex must also make a life altering choice when his soul mate threatens to leave him because she thinks he’s just an adventure junkie, and it’s ripping his heart out that he can’t tell her the truth, that he is just trying to save humanity from annihilation.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, he only has six-days to stop a massive emerald asteroid from impacting the planet.
Can Alex and his friends find solutions for these dire situations?
Gravity is an award-winning book (it won the 2016 Indie Book Award in Science Fiction) and it certainly reads like it is something better than many other books out there in the genre released by indie authors. It is clear that there is a lot of backstory in this book that has probably been covered in previous entries into the series, but that doesn't change the fact that it is an excellent read.
Starting with Alex Cave we have an interesting protagonist facing a lot of real world problems. The love of his life wants to leave because he's never home and always just running off to do dangerous things--like heroes do--and it eats him up inside because on the one hand he has a job to do to stop this machine from screwing things up terribly but he knows it is creating separation.
There is a lot of action in this, and it is clear that Corkill has a great grasp of how to tell a story because when those scenes start up it hits the ground running and doesn't stop. I was able to plow through fifty or sixty pages without even realizing it because of how compelling those sections were.
All in all, it felt like this could make a pretty good movie. The characters are well-developed and interesting and the story is put together nicely. I'll give it 4.5-Stars as a positive entry into the series and a good standalone.
About the Author
James M. Corkill is a Veteran, and retired Federal Firefighter from Washington State, USA. He was an electronic technician and studied mechanical engineering in his spare time before eventually becoming a firefighter for 32-years and retiring. He began writing in 1997, and was fortunate to meet the famous horror writer, Hugh B. Cave, who became his mentor. He now lives in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina.