, Janet Berliner, F. Paul Wilson, and Matthew Costello
Forge, May 2003, 24.95, 288 pp.
Off the Venezuelan coast, local workers of Oilstar Drilling bore through an underwater ceiling leading to a cavern. They bring up four stones that seem not of this earth. CEO Frik Van Alman understands the ramifications of the finding once his lab concludes that the connecting of the stones along with a fifth one generates energy that will end oil dependency.
Lab chief Paul Trujold worries that the avaricious Frik will do something harmful so he sends the stones to people he trusts like his daughter Selene, the leader of an ecological group protesting Oilstar's drilling that is destroying the ecosystem of Dragon's Mouth Channel. Frik is badly burned and Paul dies in a lab fire before the CEO learns what happened to the stones. Frantic to regain the missing stones and to find the fifth one, Frik secures the help of his thrill-seeking comrades. Off of Venezuela, the risk-takers begin the adventure of a lifetime.
ARTIFACT is a fast-paced, action thriller that never slows down as the story line moves faster than the speed of light.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner