BACK TO THE MOON
In this new offering by Homer Hickam, Jr., New York Times
best selling author of Rocket Boys, the former NASA engineer
once again proves to be a master story teller. Using his
information as an insider in the NASA program, Hickam spins
a rocket ride of a suspense tale. Much like boarding one of the
new theme park roller coasters, this "ride" builds slowly to a
smashing, rollicking, twisting, exciting story of one man's
"return" to the moon.
Can an "outsider" hijack a Columbia Space Shuttle, rig it with
new power and go to the moon? This is the not so far fetched
premise that starts this novel of suspense and political intrigue.
And just how long has it been since we have been to the moon
as a country, and why did we stop going? Remember when we
were children and enjoyed hours of fun and adventure in our
grandparent's attic? Remember all the treasures we
found there? Remember how much fun it was to explore that
dark and foreboding place? But then we grew up and no longer
explored attics, we were too busy being important to have fun. I
think this is how we as a country have treated the moon. We no
longer go there and we no longer thrill to the excitement we
once shared of going to the moon. This novel reminds us of
what we have lost.
An exiled NASA scientist, now owner of his own company,
fulfills the terms of a "contract" by hijacking a Columbia Space
Shuttle headed for the MIR space station and refigures it in
mid-flight and whoosh, he's off to the moon.
Houston we have a problem.....those memorable words
made famous by the Apollo 13 crew now take on a new and
exciting meaning. Can our rocket man actually pull this off, can
the government and NASA stop him? And why is he doing this
and who is he doing it for and who really wants to stop
him? These are the ingredients for an exciting and
suspenseful adventure that will keep you glued to the page as
each new twist and turn reveal new dangers and excitement.
If you remember the trips our astronauts made to the moon and
the excitement surrounding each "lift off" and each moon
exploration and you enjoy a good mystery, then run,
don't walk, to get a copy of Back To The Moon, strap
yourself in for a wild rocket ride of fun, romance, intrigue and
some plain old fashion political shenanigans. From the launch
pads at Coalwood, WVA to the control center at Houston,
Homer Hickam sure knows how to deliver an exciting tale of
Written by Reggie Fallin, 1961 graduate of Welch High School, Welch, WV. He currently lives in Maryland, VA. Reggie's book reviews are often included in the library's weekly column of his local paper.
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