by Kevin D. Randle
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0441013988
Date: 25 April, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: When humanity first received mysterious signals from an alien presence, space exploration became a top priority -- and the Galaxy Exploration Team was formed. After years of research, the Team was certain that the advent of faster-than-light travel would usher in a new era of space flight. But it was not to be, because the ship's crew couldn't cope with the time dilation side effects.
A hundred years later, the human race, complacent in its societies on Earth and Mars, has almost forgotten the long-ago message -- except for a few scientists,, the remnants of the Team, who have continued to work to realize the vision of travel to the stars. And now they have opened a Gate, a portal into a wormhole that allows travelers to bend and shape space at will, making their voyages nearly instantaneous.
The men and women who are recruited to test the Gate think they are still hunting aliens. But they aren't. There is something far worse headed toward the solar system. And the Gate may be the only hope for humanity -- or it may be a deadly trap...