The Explorer, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan. The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod.

They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth.

The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death ...unless he can do something to stop it.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007456765



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Went on a mad book download, and this was one of the titles I picked. Overall, a good read - clever concept, great characterisation, and so many surprises that I'm not sure I can describe what happens without giving away the plot. The pacing comes unstuck towards the end, right about where I was hoping that everything would come together, or be explained - Cormac's fevered introspection drones on and on, and then the book suddenly ends - but that's not too much of a detraction. <i>The Guardian</i>'s review of 'an episode of <i>Star Trek</i> written by JM Coetzee' - or indeed Ishiguro - is spot on.

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