"Deep Sky" is the final book in Patrick Lee's time travel trilogy which began with "The Breach." (Harper Books/HarperCollins, 384 pages)
In an imaginative synthesis of science fiction and political intrigue, Lee's characters from the ultra-secret organization, Tangent, are in a race against the clock to find the assassin of President Garner, who was killed by a patriot missile launched on the White House while giving a televised address to the nation.
The only clue to the assassination is the cryptic message "See Scalar."
The trio from Tangent, Travis Chase and his lover Paige Campbell, together with Bethany Stewart must use all their wits and sophisticated technology to prevent something truly catastrophic.
With his pithy prose, Lee describes nine "lucky" people who were privy to the future and thus, were able to invest in successful technologies in their infancy and became fabulously wealthy and powerful.
This is a bit like "Star Trek" meets insider trading. (Maybe there is something "alien" about the upper 1 percent.)
For the technology geek, Patrick Lee gives some truly stunning descriptions of the power of weapons of mass destruction - e.g., patriot missiles and bunker busting bombs.
But as with true science fiction, Lee offers more than a tribute to technology, as he presents a compelling moral dilemma - that if one were to meet a young Adolph Hitler, would a person consider killing him in hopes of preventing the Second World War?
Would such an act prevent the tragic loss of life or would another deranged individual step up to the plate and fill the Fuhrer's shoes? Now, what it the number of individuals who needed to perish to preserve life on Earth were an astonishing 20 million?
Patrick Lee (who lives in Michigan) has fused the genres of science fiction and political thrillers in his suspenseful final foray into the Breach with his latest work, "Deep Sky."