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A Gem For Venus

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by: John J. Culp
Books with a 5 star rating  (2)
Publication Date: May 4, 2017
Book Size: 4.25" x 6.87"
Pages: 286
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781947136595

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Book Synopsis
After space engineer Dr. Bob Deems is forcibly retired when his project is mysteriously canceled by something called Scimitar, he and his niece Jillian move to the Black Forest region of Colorado. There he modifies a fantastic underground space probe named Diamond Two to look for water under the drought stricken High Plains. Troubles arise when the probe runs out of control and accidentally wreaks destruction, even as a secretive organization headed by the enigmatic Taras Tamonash seeks to operate it for use as a new class of secret weapon.
With the help of their new friend Neil Rivera, Bob and Jillian strive to use the limited resources at hand to re-program and stop Diamond Two. However, with its artificial intelligence is it going to accept commands from them or from Tamonash, or does it have a mind of its own?
Customer Comments
John Culp
Posted: August 10, 2019
Customer comment 0 star rating
This is a new cover, 2019. Same great story!
Rosemary Alden
Posted: December 29, 2022
Customer comment 5 star rating
John Culp's "A Gem for Venus" is one of the best science fiction/adventure novels I've read this year. I especially liked the character development and smooth dialogue that moves the story along, including philosophical musings that I found inspiring. The plot introduces new information without becoming so complex you have to take notes. Also, I like a writing style that includes visualizations that make the scenes come alive and this book is filled with them, for example: "As it happens on the plains in early summer evenings, the winds come and go playfully, sometimes dancing like small cyclonic sprites" - to explain the disappearance of a note tucked in an ancient porcelain door knob. Finally, I'd say that the author's subtle sense of humor had me smiling more than I expected. 5 stars, for sure!