Phew….what a title. So, why Clarke’s name? Well, to my knowledge Clarke had nothing to do with writing these novels. Paul Preuss wrote these novels based on characters from some short stories written by Arthur C. Clarke.
The story is about a beautiful, mysterious woman who has been bio-engineered with no memory of her past. Sparta escapes from a mental institution and hides as space cop inspector Ellen Troy who is trying to determine what happened to the freighter Space Queen in transit and to some of the crew.
The central story around the investigation is itself based on the Clarke short story “Breaking Strain” with very little change…which itself is very solid; however, it doesn’t weave terribly well together as a complete story. Despite everything, it is still worth reading as a starting place for the rest of the series, culminating with The Diamond Moon which game me chills (although technically the last book in the series is The Shining Ones, which I found to be the weakest link in the chain).
If you enjoy this, read these:
- Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime: Mailstrom
- Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime: Hide & Seek
- Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime: The Medusa Encounter
- Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime: The Diamond Moon
- Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime: The Shining Ones