Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel (AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!)
Jonathan Stein thinks only a bad heart can stop him from reaching the moon. But when he discovers his father may have been murdered to protect an appalling NASA secret, he must decide whether his moral compass still points towards the stars.
Days before the Apollo 18 launch in 1974, Jonathan’s father, an Israeli astronaut at NASA, died of an apparent heart attack. A year before his own launch, in 2005, Jonathan, a typically devout skeptic, becomes captivated by the tale of a mysterious online conspiracy theorist who claims that his father had been killed. Unable to keep long-buried suspicions from resurfacing, he reopens the case, digging into a past that becomes stranger and more compelling the deeper he goes.
To get to the truth he must confront Dale Lunden, his father’s best friend and the last man on the moon, and his elusive childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. When his relentless pursuit leads to disturbing revelations about the Nazis who worked for NASA, the hardest questions to answer are the ones he must ask himself.
The Astronaut’s Son was inspired by the true story of Nazi scientists and engineers at NASA.
Okay.... where to start?
I received this one for review as part of the blog tour and, being me, put off actually reading it until October. (Like you do. Because the TBR list is so so so long.)
But it's not terribly long, so no big deal.
I managed like 2 chapters. The level of language was just kind of more than I could handle... especially when paired with my decision to take a couple of weeks' break from things like books with a lot of bad language.
(Before anyone starts in on the "realistic" aspect of profanity, yes, I know. But it's not a big part of MY reality and I prefer, for personal and religious reasons, to keep it that way.)
So.... I didn't finish the book.
BUT it's a fascinating premise and if language doesn't bother you, you really should go read it.
And then maybe come back and give me alllllllll the spoiler-y details. (Or borrow my copy and black out all the profanity for me. That would work for me.)
For better informed reviews, check out the blog tour so that you can read all the posts.
Now, for the awesome amazing so-freaking-cool giveaway!!
Comment on this post to win:
A copy of the book
A package of freeze-dried astronaut ice cream
A gift card for 2 movie tickets (which you could use to see the new First Man which is about Neil Armstrong and comes out this week!)
Here are the rules-- USA only, comment through Saturday. Since it's Mister's birthday this week, I'll have him pick on comment over the weekend. Please make sure you'll get an email with responses to your comment!