This science fiction adventure takes place in the near future. In the year 2005 terrorists have unleashed a plague upon the Earth through the genetically engineered X-Pox virus. Millionaire Tad Mikleszewski (called TM, or Tango Midnight as in the letters in the military alphabet) buys a trip to the International Space Station in order to work on a vaccine for X-Pox in the micro-gravity of space. Once there, however, the pathogen breaches its barriers and contaminates the Harmony module with TM locked inside. Now there's a race against time using American, Russian, and Chinese technologies to rescue TM and decontaminate the space station.
This report prepared by Billy Pashaie
Forge, Nov 2003, 25.95, 384 pp.
In 2006 Space Station Alpha is run as a business enticing wealthy tourists and even a film crew to visit. Billionaire biochemist Tad Mikleszewski buys research time on Alpha where he plans to develop an X-Pox antitoxin to stop the deadly bio plague. However, his to efforts to launch his own ship fails so he turns to the Russians for a ticket on one of their crafts.
However, while the X-Pox bio plague is causing increased deadly havoc, the launch that Tad has booked runs into the usual snafu from the smaller privatized government advocates (smaller for everyone else and privatized for major campaign donors that is). Bad weather and illness also delays the flight. Finally in space, Tad arrives at Alpha where he begins work to develop an X-Pox antitoxin. However, the deadly virus is accidentally released into the space station air. Mark Koskinen leaves the comfort of Russia's Star City to begin rescue maneuvers.
TANGO MIDNIGHT is an exciting near future space adventure that places a powerful accent on the science, technology, and the action. The novel brilliantly simplifies extremely complex knowledge so that the audience comprehends the information, but also uses that to enhance the action. Though the cast is a bit underdeveloped, outer space thriller fans will enjoy the ride.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner