Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, soars as a writer too.
1973: a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny spaceship, a quarter million miles from home. A quarter million miles from help.
NASA is about to launch Apollo 18. While the mission has been billed as a scientific one, flight controller Kazimieras “Kaz” Zemeckis knows there is a darker objective. Intelligence has discovered a secret Soviet space station spying on America, and Apollo 18 may be the only chance to stop it.
But even as Kaz races to keep the NASA crew one step ahead of their Russian rivals, a deadly accident reveals that not everyone involved is quite who they were thought to be. With political stakes stretched to the breaking point, the White House and the Kremlin can only watch as their astronauts collide on the lunar surface, far beyond the reach of law or rescue.
Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists, and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders is a high-stakes thriller unlike any other. Chris Hadfield captures the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of space, and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour as only someone who has experienced all of these things in real life can.
Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.
This man is amazing. Test pilot, astronaut, space flights consultant to NASA, composer, musician and now add author to the list.
The writing snaps. The authenticity everywhere. The plot plausible. The entertainment first rate.
In short, Hadfield’s debut novel will surprise any reader with its polish, refinement and engagement from the first page to the climactic ending.
A great story is written in a style that is captivating and entertaining.
I would say it is unreservedly excellent but for one thing. Readers may be confused, puzzled or lost when with the descriptive detail. Try to read for sentences or multiple sentences rather than single words in order to comprehend the action. Read as if you were riding a rocket and the story will fly much better.