The Desert of Glass Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
One of mankind's greatest secrets...has been hiding in plain sight for 3,000 years.
Half a century ago, an aberration was spotted by one of our earliest satellites, and summarily dismissed as a hardware malfunction. But it was no aberration. And no malfunction. It was an accidental glimpse of something extraordinary, and very old.
Mocked for decades, the man who designed the satellite is now dead. With the system's original data firmly in the hands of former NTSB investigator Joe Rickards and anthropologist Angela Reed.
But the data is only to be shared with one other person besides them: a seventy-five-year-old NASA engineer who was part of the original program.
Joe Rickards is convinced it will lead mankind into darkness.
Angela believes it may be the answer the modern world has been longing for.
And former NASA engineer Leonard Townsend hasn't the slightest idea what he's about to get involved in.
To make matters worse, through a strange bedside confession, a journalist thousands of miles away has just learned that someone else already knows about the satellite's 50-year-old discovery.
Because they've been secretly using it for years.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||Michael C. Grumley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 14, 2021|
|Publisher||Michael C. Grumley|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,330 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#446 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#656 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,852 in Suspense Thrillers
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I had absolutely no clue that it was the start of a new series, hence my confusion when first beginning THE DESERT OF GLASS, and any potential readers should know that reading THE LAST MONUMENT before THE DESERT OF GLASS is an absolute must or one will not understand anything about the main characters or their backstories.
It turns out that the prime motivator of this sequel is to follow up on what was revealed in the last 20 or 30 pages of THE LAST MONUMENT. The writing was OK, but as a purported sci-fi novel, what little science there is was horribly weak (unlike the BREAKTHROUGH series in which the science was pretty much cutting edge). THE DESERT OF GLASS was notable for containing several attempts by an elderly physicist to explain the bizarre and beautiful mysteries of quantum physics to a couple of laymen, with disastrous results. This was probably the most garbled and incomprehensible discussion of quantum physics ever. But the bad science doesn't stop there. There are laughable descriptions of neurons and electrons, an incorrect (by a decade) date for the Arab-Israeli war, and gibberish statements about energy and fields.
If you can get past all that, there is an interesting story about a very (very) old man and a very (very) old Sumerian manuscript and child trafficking that somehow ties into whatever it was that was revealed at the end of THE LAST MONUMENT. The end.
Not recommended, with a very generous 2 stars.
By Judy Davis-Fuller on October 1, 2021
This felt almost like the "second in a series" due to numerous flashbacks and backstories and a feeling that the characters were already developed.
Still - I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous plot twists and can envision that one day a Grumley story will translate into a credible movie (not like the awful translations of the works of Dean Koontz).
I will most certainly return for yet another of Grumley's "read in one sitting" works...
am pleasantly surprised with this story and can't wait for the next book. Recommends to all readers!
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Very clever plot, just enough explanation of a vast subject to give enough knowledge to enjoy the development of the story. Characters with warmth, depth& flaws which endear them to the reader so that they are believable, I hope it's not too long until the next instalment is available as I am already looking forward to it very much. Enjoy 😉
The topic of it is deeply intriguing and superbly presented (-no spoilers though).
The protagonists are very likaeable and authentic and the bud guys are bad enough to wish them ill.
The action is fast paced and with enough twists to keep a reader in suspense.
There are several story lines that converge in a powerful climax.
The author masterfully weaves together the mystery of the ancient knowledge hidden in a Sumerian book enabling sombody to find the proverbial Philosopher's Stone with the most up to date, mindbogling scientfic theories -and everything makes sense!
Reading the book was an amazing experience for me. I'll be waiting (im)patiently for its conclusion hinted by the author.
I'm sure it will be worth the waiting.