“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

“Phillip P. Peterson is a master storyteller and Transport: Death Mission is classic sci-fi. The gritty narrative is taut with few wasted words, the plot peopled with well-rounded believable characters. Tension builds relentlessly as each member of the team takes their turn and we wait to discover if they survived, and if they did, what they have encountered on their journey. All in all, Transport is top class science fiction, written by an accomplished author who has a clear understanding of the science facts behind his story.Peterson’s tale reminded me of the classic hard science fiction novels I fell in love with as a teen.
Readers’ Favorite

“In Transport, Phillip P. Peterson crafts a bold narrative that shows that science can simultaneously provide a second chance and be a destructive force. The story includes examinations of the death penalty, government, and moral dilemmas. A slow character-led buildup pays off when science elements are introduced. The [extraterrestrial] sphere presents unexpected dangers while providing a metaphor for the obsessively destructive nature of humans.
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.”
Foreword Reviews

“Phillip P. Peterson’s Transport offers an eerie science fiction epic that skillfully recalls recent twisty thrillers such as Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants or Peter Clines’ The Fold as it examines the Crichton-esque mechanics of a dangerous machine.
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.”
BlueInk Review