Suppose for a minute that the Aztecs or the Incas knew that Cortez or Pizzaro was on his way with the Conquistadors. They knew it weeks in advance and instead of welcoming them as gods, they met them with every weapon they had at their disposal. Don't you think history would have been different?" The Hive poses this very question for mankind, for what if we were forewarned that a hostile alien race was about to exterminate us? An unmanned probe built by Russia and the United States on its way to the outer planets crosses paths with an alien device that's been spying on us since the year 1908. This leads to the discovery of a fleet of insectoid aliens on their way to Earth. With three years warning, could we defend ourselves from an invasion by a horrific alien race? The Hive is hard science fiction set in the near future of 2019. The effort to defend the Earth uses actual technology tested in the US and Russia up until the 1970s but never put into production and proposed weapons programs currently under development. There is Political intrigue involving a duplicitous People's Republic of China, a self serving reporter and a horrific unstoppable enemy whose only goal is extermination of the "soft-life" (human beings) that inhabit the third planet of the sun. The Hive is the story of humanity at last finding common ground and unification in our struggle to defeat a technologically superior enemy. It is also a story about the triumph of the human spirit as seen through the eyes of American aerospace engineer, Colin Hewette, who had lost his fiancee six years earlier and Russian/Ukrainian radio astronomer, Marina Asamova, who find love against a countdown to invasion.
Used availability for Chris Berman's The Hive
February 2012 : USA Paperback
December 2008 : USA Paperback