Charon's Ark

Charon s Ark A planeload of high school students their teacher and the airliner s crew are hijacked in midair by an alien spacecraft The aliens take them to their crazily malfunctioning starship Ark which we kn

  • Title: Charon's Ark
  • Author: Rick Gauger
  • ISBN: 9780345317735
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A planeload of high school students, their teacher, and the airliner s crew are hijacked in midair by an alien spacecraft The aliens take them to their crazily malfunctioning starship Ark, which we know as the planet Pluto and its moon Charon.Sixty five million years ago, the Ark came to Earth to collect plants and animals It was ship wrecked and stranded in our solar syA planeload of high school students, their teacher, and the airliner s crew are hijacked in midair by an alien spacecraft The aliens take them to their crazily malfunctioning starship Ark, which we know as the planet Pluto and its moon Charon.Sixty five million years ago, the Ark came to Earth to collect plants and animals It was ship wrecked and stranded in our solar system Now its alien crew intends to force the teenagers to learn to operate the Ark, so it can continue on its multi billion year mission of sowing life among the stars.The humans are flabbergasted of course, but life change is not unwelcome to two of them One is copilot Froward, whose drinking, womanizing, and general fecklessness are about to cost him his career.The other is misfit student Charlie Freeman, a casualty on the battlefield of puberty He s with the group only by the whim of his teacher, Mrs Robinelli.Aboard the plane are two other women who are about to be important in Froward s life Gershner, the stewardess, who is Froward s lover, and sharp thinking sixteen year old Chela Suarez.Charlie is intrigued and puzzled by the aliens ineptitude He is contacted by a sinister new entity the Proctor The Proctor offers Charlie knowledge, power, and prom queen Eva Wilcox, in return for helping the aliens obtain the students cooperation Charlie, intending to subvert everything and return to Earth a hero, grabs the opportunity.Can the hijacked students and adults overcome the dinosaur infested wilderness of Charon, evade the murderous blundering aliens, and exploit the vast inexplicable Ark technology Can they do it in time to save Earth from destruction by the monomaniacal Proctor

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    1. A bit of history first: This is a retro-review. I read this book when it was on the shelf in 1987. It was MY FIRST SCIENCE FICTION BOOK! No kidding. It was also the first non-school novel I ever read. I remember picking it up at the Fred's Dollar Store in Winona, MS. I had to actually argue with my mother to let me get it because she though I wouldn't read all of it HA! HA HA! That was the beginning of a very long and still ongoing love affair with books, especially science fiction stories. Othe [...]

    2. I just found this on the Internet and remember reading it long, long ago. This book is one of two or three that really opened my eyes to sci-fi, and now I really want to read it again. December 28, 2010: So I just re-read this book and while the concepts were still pretty cool, the dialog and writing was…not so much. Oh well, I still enjoyed reading it again. It didn't end like I remembered. I thought some evolutionary thing happened, but maybe I've got it crossed with some other book or I dre [...]

    3. This was a book that took me a long time to read, while the general idea of the book was interesting; the characters and various scenes felt outdated and flat. Still I'll look into the other books of the series and see if they prove to be better.

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