A group of people who live life on the edge get together every year to tell the stories of their adventures. Calling themselves The Daredevils Club, they risk everything for the thrill.
Award-winning and best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Janet Berliner, Matthew J. Costello, and F. Paul Wilson have combined their talents to create a novel of action and adventure that Clive Cussler calls “A fascinating page-turner with enough spellbinding intrigue to last until the authors’ next tale.” To be released by Forge Books in May 2003, Artifact tells the stories of a group dedicated to living life on the edge. Calling themselves the Daredevils Club, they meet every New Year’s Eve to tell their most daring tales from the preceding year.
When one member discovers a strange artifact that could change the way the world uses energy, and another member is killed hours before their annual meeting, the club decides that they’ll take part in a treasure hunt for the missing pieces of the device, and hopefully discover the other member’s killer in the process. Traveling the Western Hemisphere, from New York to Venezuela to Trinidad and Grenada to Las Vegas, the members risk death at every turn, be it jungle battles with ecoterrorists, diving into deep undersea caverns, or facing off against each other. All of the twists led best-selling author Larry Bond to say, “Artifact is fun, exotic, and fast. The only part of the ending you’ll guess is that it’s good.”
Janet Berliner started the project after a chance meeting with fellow Las Vegas resident Evel Knievel. Beginning with a thought to do an anthology of stories about daredevils, Janet contacted several of her best-selling friends, but when she, Kevin, Matt, and Paul put their heads together, they decided that the stories would work better as a novel. Thus Artifact was born.
The result is a book of which New York Times bestseller Richard Steinberg said, “Written spectacularly, Artifact is thrilling, gloriously surprising, compelling entertaining fiction at its best ... the kind of book you'll be talking about with your friends for weeks.”