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The Sky Vault

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12th September 2023

Price: £18.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473690165

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‘Totally engrossing’ – STEPHEN KING on The Ninth Metal



THE FINAL BOOK IN PERCY’S CRITICALLY CLAIMED COMET CYCLE SERIES!

The comet, Cain, came from beyond our solar system, its debris containing elements unknown. Now, in the isolated region of Fairbanks, Alaska, the skies shift and stretch as an interstellar dust cloud seeds the atmosphere. When a plane shudders its way through pulpy, swirling, bruise-shaped clouds, lit with sudden cracks of lightning, the sky opens and the aircraft vanishes…but only for a minute.

When the flight lands, everyone on board and in the community will be changed forever. Chuck Bridges, a local DJ and conspiracy theorist, was on board and later reported dead to his family, but not before proclaiming that something inside the clouds was speaking to him. Now his son, Theo, must chase down answers to the mystery his father unlocked. He’ll find himself at odds with Sophie Chen, an agent with a shadowy employer desperate to secure the black box from the airplane, as well as Rolf Wagner, a widowed sheriff investigating a series of increasingly strange and unsettling reports. And then there is Joanna Straub, a contractor reconstructing a top-secret government lab active during WWII and shuttered deep within the nearby White Mountains.

The answer to the comet’s origin is about to be unveiled, and its impact on Earth is more treacherous and sublime than humanity could imagine.

‘Take one part dystopia, one part sci-fi, two parts apocalypse, then ride them roughshod through a bleak and bloody western, and it still wouldn’t get close to what Ben Percy does here, which is blow open the core of humanity’s dark heart.’ – Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, on The Ninth Metal

‘The Stephen King of science fiction.’ – Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling author, on The Ninth Metal

‘Audacious and intelligent and exactly what I was dying to read.’ – Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling, on The Ninth Metal

‘This standout combination of science and psychology is sure to wow SF fans.’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Percy offers intriguing theoretical physics, a penetrating analysis of human greed, and deeply sympathetic characters. This standout combination of science and psychology is sure to wow SF fans.
SciFi Bulletin
An excellent continuation of the Comet Cycle