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The second volume of the spectacular science-fiction thriller evolving from the works of Arthur C. Clarke, grandmaster of science fiction and author of 2001: a space odyssey.. Her code name is Sparta. Her beauty veils a mysterious past and abilities of superhuman dimension-the product of advanced biotech engineering. When a team of scientists is trapped in the gaseous infer The second volume of the spectacular science-fiction thriller evolving from the works of Arthur C. Clarke, grandmaster of science fiction and author of 2001: a space odyssey.. Her code name is Sparta. Her beauty veils a mysterious past and abilities of superhuman dimension-the product of advanced biotech engineering. When a team of scientists is trapped in the gaseous inferno of Venus, Sparta must risk her life to save them, unaware that her actions will help recover a mysterious artifact: irrefutable evidence of life on another planet. . . As the secrets of the artifact are revealed, Sparta uncovers a mystery which may lead her to the truth of her own destiny. This gripping saga brings together the genius of Arthur C. Clarke and the talents of distinguished science-fiction writer Paul Preuss. The book has an introduction by Arthur C. Clarke.


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The second volume of the spectacular science-fiction thriller evolving from the works of Arthur C. Clarke, grandmaster of science fiction and author of 2001: a space odyssey.. Her code name is Sparta. Her beauty veils a mysterious past and abilities of superhuman dimension-the product of advanced biotech engineering. When a team of scientists is trapped in the gaseous infer The second volume of the spectacular science-fiction thriller evolving from the works of Arthur C. Clarke, grandmaster of science fiction and author of 2001: a space odyssey.. Her code name is Sparta. Her beauty veils a mysterious past and abilities of superhuman dimension-the product of advanced biotech engineering. When a team of scientists is trapped in the gaseous inferno of Venus, Sparta must risk her life to save them, unaware that her actions will help recover a mysterious artifact: irrefutable evidence of life on another planet. . . As the secrets of the artifact are revealed, Sparta uncovers a mystery which may lead her to the truth of her own destiny. This gripping saga brings together the genius of Arthur C. Clarke and the talents of distinguished science-fiction writer Paul Preuss. The book has an introduction by Arthur C. Clarke.

30 review for Maelstrom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Packard

    Kind of fun - not sure if I want to continue the series, but I appreciate the direction.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    Maelstrom is the second in a series of six books; each book is an engaging mystery thriller that just happens to be set in a science fiction future. The Venus Prime series focuses on a tough, female detective (Ellen Troy) who, over the arc of the series is searching for answers to her past: What became of her parents? How did she acquire the superior biotech skills that have become second nature? Why was she locked away in a sanatorium? And, who wanted her dead? Answers to these questions are rev Maelstrom is the second in a series of six books; each book is an engaging mystery thriller that just happens to be set in a science fiction future. The Venus Prime series focuses on a tough, female detective (Ellen Troy) who, over the arc of the series is searching for answers to her past: What became of her parents? How did she acquire the superior biotech skills that have become second nature? Why was she locked away in a sanatorium? And, who wanted her dead? Answers to these questions are revealed little by little, over the course of the entire series. Maelstrom begins with a near-catastrophic accident on Venus that unearths an ancient artifact. As powerful political interests exert their influence to acquire the artifact, Inspector Troy of the Board of Space Control begins to investigate the true nature of the “accident”. Meanwhile on the Moon, a government functionary on his way home to Earth is suddenly fighting for his life after his ship develops an inexplicable malfunction. Once the malfunction is determined to be sabotage, Troy is called in from Venus to investigate. The two story threads – artifact discovery and ship malfunction – are well-balanced through the book; the mysteries are engaging, play fair with the clues, and build to a satisfying conclusion. The “science” part of the SF is written in an accessible way that keeps the reader interested in the overall story. Troy acquires a colleague in this book, an old acquaintance named Blake Redfield. As a civilian, he is discretely pursuing his own investigations regarding Troy’s mysterious past. The interplay in their relationship is another enjoyable layer in this thriller. This series is about a detective, solving murder mysteries. It just so happens that these mysteries are in space and on other planets in our solar system. If you are interested in expanding your mystery-thriller genre horizons, these books would be a great place to start. There are six books in the series, and I will be actively looking for the rest.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Excellent Clarke scifi read. Stimulating and imaginitive. What happened to dreaming of science and space? Oh yeah, TV.

  4. 4 out of 5

    B. Barceló

    Creo que este libro se podría considerar una novela de transición. Aunque tiene un argumento propio, este es muy débil y se basa sobretodo en los pilares que son el primero y el tercero. Obtenemos algunos puntos de la historia oculta con los que empezaba el primer libro de la saga, pero en cierta medida es muy poco y, así como va avanzando el libro, vemos que obtendremos mucho más en el siguiente. El crimen que debe investigar Sparta es más sencillo de lo que uno pensaba, a diferencia del primero, Creo que este libro se podría considerar una novela de transición. Aunque tiene un argumento propio, este es muy débil y se basa sobretodo en los pilares que son el primero y el tercero. Obtenemos algunos puntos de la historia oculta con los que empezaba el primer libro de la saga, pero en cierta medida es muy poco y, así como va avanzando el libro, vemos que obtendremos mucho más en el siguiente. El crimen que debe investigar Sparta es más sencillo de lo que uno pensaba, a diferencia del primero, en el que se iba investigando y había más cosas ocultas de las que creíamos. Aún así, a medida que llegamos al final uno se engancha cada vez más a la historia y antes de terminar el libro ya se tiene preparado el siguiente para descubrir los misterios que se nos presentan aquí.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kinkaid

    Fabuloso el segundo libro de la collection Venus Prime. En él aparece de nuevo junto a Sparta el personaje de Blake Redfield, aunque en este libro tiene mucho más protagonismo. Clarke y Preuss nos proponen sumergirnos en las nubes de Venus y viajar a la Luna para perseguir a los seguidores de la cultura X. Un libro lleno de ciencia e ideas maravillosas sobre cómo podríamos devolvernos en estos dos mundos.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Riccardo

    Un superbo seguito. Questo non è un libro da leggere passivamente. Un altro mistero da risolvere e un altro frammento del suo passato viene scoperto. Una buona storia trasversale. Se ti piace la fantascienza con la fisica del mondo reale o ti piacciono i romanzi polizieschi... questo li ha entrambi.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Montanna Ewers

    Entertaining sci-fi crime novel. Elements of the Robert Langdon series (secret societies’ mystical beliefs interacting with hard science/science fiction). Recommended for anyone that enjoyed the Langdon novels.

  8. 5 out of 5

    S D Lawrie

    Good read, but I found the story seemed to jar when I read the chapter called Maelstrom. That may have been me having a moment.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charl

    Intriguing. The uber-plot has my interest, and I'm enjoying the embedding of the Clarke stories. I'll be reading more. Intriguing. The uber-plot has my interest, and I'm enjoying the embedding of the Clarke stories. I'll be reading more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    toni

    This series is so good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paul Jacob

    As the plot thickens in the second novel, I became even more invested in the main charachters. If you like Indiana Jones type adventure novels, you'll love this as it's action packed but with a sci-fi twist. As the plot thickens in the second novel, I became even more invested in the main charachters. If you like Indiana Jones type adventure novels, you'll love this as it's action packed but with a sci-fi twist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Had to force myself through this one, the all-powerful main character kinda destroyed the book for me and the overlying story does not engage at all. Combined with a rather dull storyline of this book. Liked the ending though...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul Darcy

    by Paul Preuss, published in 1988. This is the second book in the Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime series comprised of six books. All six are written by Paul Preuss and not Arthur C Clarke as you could be fooled into believing by quickly looking at the book covers. But, don’t let any of this stop you from reading the series. It’s actually a very fun and fast read. Once more we follow Sparta, who calls herself Ellen Troy. She is a genetically enhanced super-woman and is now an inspector for the Space by Paul Preuss, published in 1988. This is the second book in the Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime series comprised of six books. All six are written by Paul Preuss and not Arthur C Clarke as you could be fooled into believing by quickly looking at the book covers. But, don’t let any of this stop you from reading the series. It’s actually a very fun and fast read. Once more we follow Sparta, who calls herself Ellen Troy. She is a genetically enhanced super-woman and is now an inspector for the Space Board. This time Paul Preuss uses Clarke’s short story “Maelstrom II” as a backdrop to create parts of this novel. “Maelstrom II” is a story exploring the concepts and physics of perturbation theory. Infused into this novel are also one of Preuss’s favourite topics - ciphers. At on point Sparta has to decipher one left for her by Blake Redfield and it gets pretty involved for a few pages while she does so. Two mysteries are brewing in this, the second volume, as the action starts with Sparta stationed on Port Hesperus, an orbiting space station above Venus. In Clarkian fashion there are some artifacts from and ancient and long dead (at least suspected) visiting alien race dubbed Culture X. A cave-in on Venus has three people digging for artifacts trapped on Venus and Sparta goes down to the inhospitable world to extract them. This is a fun section and we get to see Sparta in action inside a six legged Venus buggy. Meanwhile back on Earth, Blake Redfield who is Sparta’s love interest, is digging into Sparta’s past and infiltrates a secret society connected to the ancient alien Culture X in some way. Another cool sequence of events transpires as Blake is initiated into the fold through a series of tests. This is actually the first half or so of the novel and before Sparta can meet up with Blake she is called to the moon to investigate and “accident” with the electromagnetic accelerator. This accelerator uses rails many kilometers long to accelerate cargo (people or goods) to escape velocity and sling them off of the moon to Lagrange points for interception. Of course you just know the Culture X secret society is somehow involved and Sparta unravels the mystery. Overall I am enjoying these books and look forward to finishing the entire thing. At the end we see Sparta and Blake off to another part of the solar system - Mars. Well worth your effort in finding, this series is fun, fast paced and entertaining.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    A Great Story: I found this book to be a really excellent story. There were many places where I did not want to put the book down, so I made time to finish the section I was reading. Several times I exclaimed, "wow" aloud while reading on the Metro. It is easy to image-in what the author was writing, so I felt as though I was right there. I am looking forward to finding and reading venus prime 1 thru 5!At first I felt put off by two things. First, the picture of the woman on the cover, while app A Great Story: I found this book to be a really excellent story. There were many places where I did not want to put the book down, so I made time to finish the section I was reading. Several times I exclaimed, "wow" aloud while reading on the Metro. It is easy to image-in what the author was writing, so I felt as though I was right there. I am looking forward to finding and reading venus prime 1 thru 5!At first I felt put off by two things. First, the picture of the woman on the cover, while appealing, did cause me to refrain from leaving the book lying around for my 8-year old daughter to see. This book does not need sex to sell. Second, I was put off by the fact that Arthur Clarke was not authoring it. But I gave it a shot anyway, and I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cian Beirdd

    The second book follows the lives of the two characters still intact after the first. Preuss did a competent job of bringing them together by making the activities they were a part of have common motivations. I admit to still being curious about the secret society, but that it is now supposed to be waiting for aliens and that the constellation they are from is now known gives them the same feel one gets in watching shows about crop circles. Ah well, the mysteries that SPARTA clears up continue t The second book follows the lives of the two characters still intact after the first. Preuss did a competent job of bringing them together by making the activities they were a part of have common motivations. I admit to still being curious about the secret society, but that it is now supposed to be waiting for aliens and that the constellation they are from is now known gives them the same feel one gets in watching shows about crop circles. Ah well, the mysteries that SPARTA clears up continue to be believable, which in itself is a difficult task considering it is all set in the future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Devine

    A superb sequel. There are so many threads to follow. This is not a book to read passively. Another mystery for Sparta / Ellen / Linda to solve and another snippet of her past is uncovered. A good cross genre story. If you like your sci-fi with real world physics or you like detective novels, this has both. Read it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lord Humungus

    I originally bought all the Venus Prime books because they mentioned Arthur C Clarke and I LOVED Jim Burns' cover art. None of the books were really that captivating, including this one. The hard SF here was all a little too dry. At least the artwork inspired me to draw my own versions of Sparta. I originally bought all the Venus Prime books because they mentioned Arthur C Clarke and I LOVED Jim Burns' cover art. None of the books were really that captivating, including this one. The hard SF here was all a little too dry. At least the artwork inspired me to draw my own versions of Sparta.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Didn't like this one as much as the first one in the series. There's more Blake, which is ok, but less of Sparta as a person and more of Sparta as superwoman. Sparta as a person is more interesting. The, well 'series plotline' is becoming more clear, and less original too. Just ok. Didn't like this one as much as the first one in the series. There's more Blake, which is ok, but less of Sparta as a person and more of Sparta as superwoman. Sparta as a person is more interesting. The, well 'series plotline' is becoming more clear, and less original too. Just ok.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Bender

    Another good book in the series, which I'm re-reading for the third or fourth time. I just had a taste for it lately. Anyway, the e-book version has a lot of typographic errors, which is distracting, so reader beware. Another good book in the series, which I'm re-reading for the third or fourth time. I just had a taste for it lately. Anyway, the e-book version has a lot of typographic errors, which is distracting, so reader beware.

  20. 4 out of 5

    SciFiOne

    Grade B. Book Vp2, Clarke's Venus Prime series. Grade B. Book Vp2, Clarke's Venus Prime series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marek Svoboda

    Přečíst znovu...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Moved much slower than the first book. Never finished because, frankly, I lost interest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Happycomfort

    awesome series

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Rudisel

    VENUS PRIME ARTHUR C. CLARKE TIE-TOGETHER SERIES OF SIX CLARKE STORIES INTO NEW SERIES BY PREUSS.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ned Leffingwell

    This is the second book in the Venus Prime series. I enjoyed the first book because it was a mystery. This volume has more conspiracy in it, but it does have a mystery and cryptology to boot.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cyn Armistead

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darren Okabe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cece

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Lamarre

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