The Asterisk

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
When two MIT geniuses stumble upon an artifact of epic proportions, the U.S. government, having already hidden another piece of this relic for over a century, are terrified their secret may be exposed! To protect its frightening technology, and mankind's we-are-alone-in-the-universe mantra, the CIA dispatch a team to cover up the discovery. The scientists, understanding the "good to mankind" their More
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About Mark Desmond

Mark Desmond lives with his family on the north shore of Boston. He enjoys writing and the arts, playing sports and has been restoring classic cars for 45 years. He is a patented inventor (, has founded various businesses and is a past chairman. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and involved in the hi-tech semiconductor industry, which affords him extensive global travels.

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Reviews of The Asterisk by Mark Desmond

ePrinted Books reviewed on Nov. 30, 2017

I’m not one to let the cat out of the bag when I give a review. I think that is rude! So in reading “The Asterisk” I just want to say it took only a few hours to read because it is by far one of the best fast pace page turning science fiction novels I have ever read. It is so plausible I was on the edge of my chair while reading it. It is well written and I look forward to the next book Mark writes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Daniel Bryan Jones reviewed on Nov. 30, 2017

Great job !! Bravo Best science fiction book I have ever read read

A wonderful story that seems very plausible but still in the science fiction genre, I have never been a fiction fan but this book changed my mind it seems to be written in a fictional type of reality
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Scott Skipper reviewed on Nov. 20, 2017

Two MIT nerds, while being handled—that is coerced—by the CIA develop software that scans images of Earth, made by the Kepler Deep Space Telescope, for deposits of precious metals. They are unable to debug the software and are frustrated for a couple of years. Then Jack Drago finds a debugging algorithm that was developed at Harvard. It solves the problem and he is able to print a plot of an area in the Bolivian Alto Plano showing deposits of gold, silver, uranium, and something else. The CIA immediately pulls the plug on their operation. Jack is warned of his eminent arrest by girlfriend Hanna, who is head of campus security. Jack and his cohort, Frannie, AKA Francis, are determined to go to Bolivia to discover what this anomaly might be, and to prevent the CIA from seizing it.

That’s where this story unravels. The artifact is of extraterrestrial origin, and in fact the US military already has one that was discovered in Egypt during the First World War. They don’t know what it is or what to do with it. The reader never discovers why it’s a threat to mankind. However, the indigenous Bolivians know of it and revere it as something to be protected. The thing is just a little too bizarre and inexplicable be taken seriously. When the action starts, the story devolves into poor dialogue and improbable events by characters who aren’t very believable. I realize there is a reason we call this fiction, but one needs a shred of plausibility. It is as if this book were written by two people. The first half is concise and logical with good prose solid technology. Then something happens. This reader was severely let down by the second half of the book. And the ending? Well, I don’t know what the ending was, but it wasn’t very satisfying.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
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