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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-09-2021 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo Murders
by Chris Hadfield
The far side of the Moon, 1973. Three astronauts are trapped in a tiny Apollo module, and one of them has murder on the mind...

From internationally bestselling astronaut Chris Hadfield comes an exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race. As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the Moon's 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.

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 puts you right there in the moment, a quarter of a million miles from home – a quarter of a million miles from help. Experience 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 told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.

Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.
  • Hardcover, 336 pages
  • Mulholland Books (October 12, 2021)
  • ISBN-10: 0316264539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316264532

cspg
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posted 02-10-2021 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As good as The Hunt for Red October (I'm guessing the novel not the movie)? hmmmm.

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posted 02-10-2021 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Altidude   Click Here to Email Altidude     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This sounds strangely similar to the concept of the famous TV movie “Murder in Space” which starred the indomitable Wilford Brimley.

18blue78
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posted 02-28-2021 02:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For UK collectors, Waterstones is now taking pre-orders for signed copies of Chris Hadfield's new novel.

fredtrav
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posted 02-28-2021 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pre-order is not just for UK members. Waterstones will ship overseas for the signed pre-order copy.

lspooz
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posted 02-28-2021 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm up for two copies if it's cheaper to buy in bulk for shipping to USA or hand-delivered at SpaceFest!

18blue78
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posted 03-04-2021 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the correction Fred. I should have learnt by now not to make assumptions.

Jacques van Oene
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posted 05-03-2021 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Chris Hadfield (via Twitter):
Very cool mail today! It’s real!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-14-2021 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to Waterstones as already noted, additional bookstores are now taking pre-orders for autographed copies of "The Apollo Murders."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-19-2021 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield found space for 'The Apollo Murders' in real history

Many writers have looked back at the events surrounding the first moon landings and found opportunities to explore "what if?"

What if the Soviet Union had landed a cosmonaut first? What if President John F. Kennedy had never been assassinated, would humans still have made it to the moon in the 1960s? What if astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had really been launched to the moon on a clandestine mission to investigate the crash site of an alien spacecraft?

For Chris Hadfield, though, when he looked back, he saw the makings for a nail-biting Cold War thriller set within the real events of 1973. "The Apollo Murders," Hadfield's first novel, is now out from Mulholland Books.

OLDIE
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posted 10-23-2021 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just started reading my copy and it's a real page turner, and difficult to put down. It's the sort of book that grabs your attention in the first few seconds.

Chris has the ability to paint pictures with words, and can set a scene for you in a few sentences. The ground is being prepared and the plot has yet to develop...

OLDIE
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posted 11-28-2021 04:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm nearing the end of this book now, and what a journey it's been! This is the Space Race with a dark side. There have been many "cliff-hanging" moments, but I'm still no closer to working out the finale.

It would make an ideal Christmas gift for a space aficionado, or someone who has little knowledge of spaceflight (but likes a good thriller) alike. If you can still find signed copies, so much the better.

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