Halo by Paul Cook

Published: 1986

Genre: science fiction

Length: 291 pages

Setting: near future, Earth, Moon, and other extrasolar planets

Interest: I was looking for something to read on my Kindle and chose this one because it was a recent addition. That meant I had put it on the Kindle because it sounded interesting. It was originally a Phoenix Pick offer provided free through their newsletter.

Summary: A giant Halo has passed through the solar system a few years before and left behind thousands of Seeds in every major population center on Earth. These Seeds emit soothing alpha waves that draw people to them. If you get too close, you actually disappear. The Moon Men, including Dr. Trenton, have located a faulty Seed at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. They’ve planned a mission to recover the Seed in order to study it and develop resistance to the alpha waves. While Dr. Trenton is working down on Earth, his 8-year old twins have decided to help find their mother, who was trapped by a Seed in the initial seeding. The twins managed to find several broken Seeds on the moon. When they touched the core of the Seeds (which they call Gemini stones), the children were able to access all of their past lives and make unbelievable mental jumps. They gave other Gemini stones to their friends, and then rebuilt a spaceship engine so it would Longjump. They went off in search of their mother, and the adults followed with the other children on another ship. They found the source of the Halo, but not the missing people.

Final thoughts: I wasn’t too impressed. Cook did have an interesting and different driving premise to the story – that of being able to access your past lives. Trenton was essentially a therapist for the other Moon Men, so we saw many flashbacks and chances to work through karma. Interesting premise, but not really my thing.

I was also not impressed with the limited role that women played. They were all supporting characters, only, in traditionally female roles. Plus, the President of the U.S. was really annoying. Not only did we keep coming back to his character, but his plot line didn’t drive the rest of the story at all, so it was annoying and pointless.

It’s definitely set up as the beginning of a series. We see a hint that a different set of aliens started the Seeding process. Plus, we haven’t found where all the humans are being sent when they’re absorbed into the Seeds. I’m kind of curious where its going, but not enough to read any more of the books.

Title comes from: The Halo brought the Seeds and started the whole problem. It was called a halo because it looked like an angel’s halo.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 49/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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