THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Explosive' Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X
1973: a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help.
As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. Houston flight controller Kazimieras 'Kaz' Zemeckis must do all he can to keep the NASA crew together, while staying one step ahead of his Soviet rivals. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.
Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.
'An exciting journey' Andy Weir, author of The Martian
'Nail-biting' James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic
'Not to be missed' Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal
'Exciting, authentic' Linwood Barclay, author of Find You First
'[A] stellar thrill ride' Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind
'Gripping' John Verdon, author of the Dave Gurney series
'Relentlessly exciting' Stephen Mack Jones, author of August Snow
Bestseller Hadfield (An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth) makes his fiction debut with a spectacular alternate history thriller. In 1973, the Apollo 18 moon mission, which was canceled in real-life, becomes a military reconnaissance operation aimed at gaining intel about a new Soviet space station, Almaz. Because Almaz, in effect "a huge, manned camera," threatens U.S. national security, the Apollo 18 team is charged with trying to sabotage the station, but one Apollo astronaut's death in a plane crash puts that goal at risk. The tragedy triggers an investigation into its cause and whether the astronaut's aircraft was deliberately tampered with. Houston flight controller Kaz Zemeckis works desperately to keep things on track, unaware that someone involved on the American end is a Russian mole. Hadfield keeps readers in suspense about the identity of the Soviet agent and how the cold war confrontation in space will play out. His mastery of the details enables him to generate high levels of tension from just a description of a welding error, which cascades into something significant. This is an intelligent and surprising nail-biter that Tom Clancy fans will relish.
A fantastic book that totally immerses you in the nitty gritty of space flight.