Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Delay is the deadliest form of denial." C. Northcote Parkinson
Katherine Murkowitz had difficulties in her former job and took the blame for something that wasn't her fault. After being unemployed for a longer spell than she could have imagined, she accepts a job in a small electronics firm.
Two scientists, run the firm. They had worked at a university lab and discovered that with superconductors they could make solar cells efficiently. This discovery could solve the world's energy needs. However, the scientists become greedy. They understand that if they announce the discovery then the university will get the rights and the money. As a result they keep the discovery secret until it is proven and then they find the right bidder.
The high bidder is a Chinese corporation. It would seem that inteligent people would understand that China is a repressive society so they might be putting themselves at risk in selling it to this company. The offer of riches blinds them to the danger of working with a firm in China. When the company tells them that they must come to China to perfect their discovery, warning bells should have rung.
Katherine is a pleasant character to root for and one of the few characters who has a sense of morality.
During the time that the Chinese are working on the development of this energy source, the Americans learn what the Chinese intent is. Now the United States with their spies and special forces agents, come up with a plot to stop the Chinese before they can fully develop the plan.
A most original and interesting plot. I did have difficulty believing that scientists who discover something that could change the world wouldn't have been rewarded if they did the right thing in the beginning and make their discovery known. Certainly, riches would follow. Toward the conclusion, I felt that the tension could have been increased but for a first novel, Robert Troy did a fine job and it goes to show what someone can do when they self publish. It is a good example of what publishers and agents are missing.