Project Charon 1: Re-entry is the first book in the Project Charon series by Patty Jansen.
On the backwater world of Cayelle, Tina Freeman runs a shop with her son Rex: fifteen years old, half-human, half-android with a massive chip on his shoulder about having been born without arms or legs.
The shop makes a modest profit, but when a creditor turns up wanting his money back, everything goes pear-shaped.
She needs money, and needs it fast. Another creditor is impossible to find. That leaves her one option: to return to the world she fled fifteen years ago and Kelso Space Station, where her spaceship has languished for over fifteen years, and finally sell the thing.
Tina worked as scientific officer in the Federacy Force’s top secret Project Charon, and was forced out when she rang alarm bells about particles that escaped out of a rift to another universe.
As it turns out, the alien dust has been infecting people in her absence, causing profound changes in human behaviour.
When Tina re-surfaces at Kelso, her presence is a threat to those who still defend the project, including her ex-husband, and they want to shut her up, but her continued silence may well mean the end of civilisation.
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Tina Freeman used to be a research scientist with the highly secretive Project Charon military station that was located next to a rift into another universe. Military scientists had been studying dust that came out of the rift for many years. Tina left the project when she didn’t agree with the command’s push to sell this dust and its genetic modifying potential. She split with her husband, a project leader, wrote a document that listed all her concerns and put it in a secret locker to be picked up by military spies.
The documents never reached their destination. The genetic mutations caused by the dust ran rampant for fifteen years. The problem is now much bigger than it was when Tina left the force and buried her head in the sand.
“If only…” is probably an apt description of the situation.
Can Tina do what she failed to do all those years ago?
Maybe, but now she has some extra baggage: her son Rex who, because of her exposure to the rift material, was born without arms and legs.
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Powerful start to a thought provoking space opera. Corporate greed, government secrets, space pirates and sentient cacti – what is the key that brings them all together?
Tina left her job – and her husband – due to irreconcilable differences. Years later, the past she thought she left behind came crashing into her life in ways she never could have predicted.
Original review on Amazon: https://amazon.com/product-reviews/1925841022
I really liked this book. Tina (Mom) and Rex, her disabled son, are well-developed, interesting characters. There is a dangerous mystery to be solved (Why are bad guys after Tina and her sentient cacti?) and lots of action. My only negative comment is that the mystery does not get solved and the book just stops … and that’s a pretty big deal for me. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the next in series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.
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