The shuttle is hijacked. Now the countdown to adventure begins....
In his #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, October Sky, real-life NASA engineer Homer Hickam captured the excitement of America's first space ventures. Now, in this no-holds-barred joyride of a thriller, he straps us into the cockpit of the space shuttle Columbia as a renegade rocket man hijacks the shuttle--and blasts off on a Mach-speed chase into space....
Jack Medaris is a man haunted by his past and driven by a dream: He's risking everything to "borrow" the Columbia--and pilot it to the moon. He didn't plan on an unexpected passenger, beautiful celebrity daredevil and scientist Penny High Eagle. To Penny, this hijacking will test every bit of her mettle as an adventurer--and as a woman. To Jack, the mission is a personal quest--to return to the moon and bring back what America left behind, something so explosive, it could change the future of the world. Now, as the U.S. government scrambles to the chase, and as deadly forces are deployed from earth to stop them, a man and a woman find their fates inextricably entwined. And in the savage emptiness of deep space, their only hope is to join forces to reach the lunar surface. Then comes the hard part. Getting home alive.
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Plot is non stop an science is realistic. Hickam is a great author!
A wild ride
Venturing outside the realm of Coalwood memories, Homer Hickam's "Back to the Moon" proves to have more twists and turns than a conventional roller coaster. Mr. Hickam weaves the romance between an intrepid former astronaut & an arrogant celebrity-scientist, the technical aspects and perils of space flight, and Jack Medaris' admirable determination together with such ease that I was frequently reminded not only of his skill as a writer, but of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's importance to our future.