This a cracking good sci-fi story which with the right special effects would make a blockbuster movie. Rather unusually, it has a psychologist cast in the lead role, and our hero is aboard earth's latest and most sophisticated geostationary space station researching the psychophysiology of sleep in space. The villain has acquired some Martian alien technology, and has a keen interest in combining the alien gizmo with the sleep research to create the ultimate mind control weapon.
The story is fairly complex but well paced, and the many and varied characters are very real. Mr Lawhead has a considerable talent for dialogue, which is generally crisp even though the characters sometimes go quite deeply into the technology and philosophy of the issues. Along the way they pop over to Mars and revive a dormant Guardian-alien, and they acquire a gizmo or two of their own from the not-entirely-extinct Martian civilisation. They zip back to earth to track the villain down and then chase him back to the space station where he is forced launch his masterplan for world domination, just a tad too early. The programmers (on the side of the good guys) have to hide in the air conditioning and hack into the space station systems to get control back. And the hero gets the girl, of course.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose