In the near future, Brazil's first space launch goes horribly wrong when the boosters fail. As the world holds it breath, expecting the rocket to plummet to Earth, it flies clear of a cloud and into orbit--with no boosters, seemingly no propulsion al all. Now, the world wants to know how it it done. And the revelation of the secret could plunge the world into war.

Cradle of Splendor 1997, Ace Books, New York

ISBN-13: 9780441004263

Mass-market paperback

Cradle of Splendor 1996, Ace Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780441003013