By Roxanna Coldiron
It has been months since I have gotten the chance to sit down and read a book…for fun. Most of my reading these days is either for work or studying. So, I determined to read a fiction over the weekend and not go to bed until I finished it. I was up very late. It actually took me two days to read this book, but I will say that it was worth it.
Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison put together an amazing fast-paced story that leaves open a few questions at the end of the book. In The Last Second, we first meet Dr. Naveah Patel, a brilliant engineer and scientist. She was removed from the United States SpaceX program because of an incident in space in which she claimed to have heard aliens. Her colleagues all think that her mind was broken after nearly floating away in space. It seems unfair, and she’s already had to deal with rampant sexism as a female scientist. I rooted for her in the beginning.
Dr. Patel has never let go of the aliens, the Numen. She claims that they still talk with her and want to come to Earth and bring peace. Over time, her attitude and her motivations begin to change. Now she thinks it is her mission to bring the Numen to the planet and that she will rule by their side. She plants an EMP nuke inside of a small spacecraft that she is able to launch into space as part of her job at Galactus in France.
Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela (Mike) Caine get embroiled in the conspiracy, which involves the attempted murder of Galatacus’ owner Jean-Pierre Broussand, a mysterious stone called the Holy Grail and a brilliant woman bent on destroying the Earth. Things get bad before they get better.
The story is an easy page-turner. I enjoyed the seamless blend of actual history and news stories with the fictional ones. There are enough plot twists to keep it interesting throughout the book, even though a few sections were a tad predictable. I was still guessing at whether Dr. Patel was totally wrong about having contact with aliens or was out of her mind. If the aliens do exist, she has clearly been manipulated by them into doing their dirty work. Maybe human minds can’t handle the connection and that is another reason why she broke. Maybe they had spoken to her when she was in space but the rest of the time was her mind trying to recreate that experience over again? We don’t get the answers to these questions in this book, and that’s okay.
Overall, The Last Second is a very good read. It’s filled with enough mystery and action to keep it interesting, and it’s a light enough read if you want an escape from your daily life. Read at the beach or on Friday nights with a glass of wine and a cat in your lap.