“Transport? Transport to where, Sir?” – “Possibly straight to hell!”
An extraterrestrial object is discovered off the coast of California; a sphere that transports humans to other solar systems. Death-row inmate Russell Harris and nine other convicts are given the chance to save their lives by agreeing to travel as test subjects on the transporter. But when the first volunteer dies a gruesome death, it becomes clear to Russell and his comrades that the venture is little more than a merciless death mission on which they will all perish. Their only chance of survival is to uncover the secret of the mysterious object, but that too seems hopeless – because no trace of the transporter’s constructors can be found
Transport successfully raises ethical questions: Is the death penalty just? Does someone acting in self-defense or grief deserve the death penalty? Each world depicted in the novel is either beautiful or horrific.
Transport will appeal to those who love complex science fiction. It shows the good of science, but it also shows how easily it can be corrupted.”
Much like the late Crichton (whose novel Sphere resembles this scenario), Peterson seems more interested in generating suspense via a believable set of physics and other mechanics than in his individual characters;
… Peterson has crafted a solid, engaging sci-fi thriller that asks big questions about mankind’s self-destructive nature and its manifest destiny among the stars. Readers will eagerly await two upcoming sequels that continue the story.”