A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.
When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers.
But in space, nothing goes according to plan.
The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.
But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death...unless he can do something to stop it.
©2013 James Smythe (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic reviews

"It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee." (Guardian)
"The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel." (Financial Times)
"Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic." (Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Simpson on 13-06-17

Exciting story that keeps you guessing

Partly classic sci-fi, partly modern thriller. so refreshing to read (hear!) something unexpected in the genre. Great characters, superb pacing. Loved it. Very happy to know there is a sequel.

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3 out of 5 stars
By D. Oxford on 17-04-17

In space no one can hear you grind your teeth!

Initially placed this title on my list, though not 'next purchase?' status. Then - along came "The Echo" and I had second thoughts - that gestalt logic - you feel me? So - next credit: "The Explorer". My earlier reservations were ratified - unfortunately! First off you get a 'death-per-page' until it's just Cormac; then the weird thing happens; that's the high point I'm afraid - it's pretty much downhill from there; you then are treated to an ex----tended recap of everything you've just been swept through, though from a different point of view, PLUS other material from the pre-launch preparations - not especially illuminating... this entire story is essentially a foreword to "The Echo"; if you can take that then maybe Part 2 will have made Part 1 worth the trip. Watch that helmet seal lol

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