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Moon Wreck: First Contact (Moon Wreck series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond L. Weil , Frank MacDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the first of three short stories that introduces the Slaver Wars series.
All three short stories are also available as a single ebook in Moon Wreck.

Disaster has struck the first Moon landing to be attempted in years. Commander Jason Strong and his fellow lunar explorer Greg Johnson have become stranded with no way home. In desperation, they set off in their lunar rover to check out an anomaly they discovered on their descent. What they find will shake their beliefs and what they know of human history.

Edited by Frank MacDonald 07-24-13

This is a short story of 13,000 words.
43 Pages

Short stories in the Moon Wreck series.

Moon Wreck: First Contact
Moon Wreck: Revelations
Moon Wreck: Secrets of Ceres

Books in the Slaver Wars series

Buy all three short stories in Moon Wreck (Book One) 
The Slaver Wars: Alien Contact (Book Two)
Moon Wreck: Fleet Academy (Book Three)
The Slaver Wars: First Strike (Book Four)
The Slaver Wars: Retaliation (Book Five)

Product Details

  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Raymond L. Weil; 3 edition (October 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to the drawing board March 30, 2013
By mattm9y
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I find that I usually disagree with low ratings for a story when there are plenty of 4 and 5 star ratings also. But I guess I'm going to become one of those negative reviewers this time.

Although I found the storyline extremely appealing, the writing was just too sophomoric for me to get through it. Descriptions using the same adjectives repeated over and over, stilted dialog, explaining things that need no explanation, and grade school-like structure frustrated me to the point that I couldn't finish the story. It felt like this was written by an aspiring teenager in his first writing class. Which means that I can't explain all of the 5 start reviews, though.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Story November 2, 2012
By Boomer
Format:Kindle Edition
I would definitely like to see this continued. There are some interesting twists and hints that could be greatly expanded into a wonderful series. This story grabs your interest and flows very well. I enjoy Mr. Weil's style of writing as it is easy to read and moves along fairly quickly.

This is a good short story, which deals with mankind's first return trip to the moon since the 20th century. The story is well set up and the suspense builds as you wonder if the two astronauts are going to survive. Can't say too much more without giving the ending away, but I did enjoy it. I can't wait for the next story!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 20, 2013
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A lot of good reviews. Not sure what is going on here. I like space operas and tried to enjoy the story but the writing was immature and contrived. One of the astronauts seemed to be a whiner. Come on, you don't get to be an astronaut without a type A positive attitude. Did not ring true. Also, in the first 15-20 pages or so we were informed some 5 or 6 times that the astronaut had a wife and son back on earth. Once would be enough! Bought the 3 novellas based on the reviews and wish I had not. Deleted all of them after half way through the first. I hate to give negative reviews, hence the two stars instead of one. I feel ripped off.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Childish writing, don't trust the reviews May 19, 2013
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I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't manage it. It reads like something written by a kid in a high school creative writing class, before the teacher marked it up with helpful editorial suggestions. The author adds far more detail than needed (this should be a compactly written short story), the text is littered with typos and grammatical errors, the story background is not convincing, and characters are flat and poorly developed. With the guidance of a good editor, this could have been a neat story. I can't be bothered to read past the half-way point, much less finish it. No idea where all the positive reviews came from (I feel like I was duped into buying it) -- I would suggest trying before buying with this one, or just don't waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of e-books June 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is a vivid example for why e-books' ease of self-publishing is a two-edged sword. Sure, it allows new authors access to readers without being at the whim of the publishing houses; At the same time, it allows "new authors" this access without the benefit of the services provided by traditional publishers (such as editing --- using "your" and "their" instead of "you're" and "they're", as well as "thing" instead of "think", is not something that should happen in a story published for money).

In this case, however, the service that the author (and any potential readers) could have most benefitted from is a simple reality check. The use of language is extremely poor --- poor enough, in fact, that any high school student submitting this story for a creative writing assignment would, I imagine, barely get a passing grade.
Similarly, the story's plot, as well as the characters, are poor and full of holes and. inconsistencies. Which wouldn't be a major issue if anything actually *happened*. But it doesn't. The smallest details are described at excruciating length (and frequently, after such description by the narrator, the characters then confirm everything once more in dialogue) --- yet none of those details are ever of any significance.

All that happens in this story can be summarized in a few sentences: "Two astronauts crash-land on the moon when an unexplained strong electronic signal scrambles their lander's computer system during their descent. The same signal also prevents them from contacting Earth to request help. They set out to locate the source of the signal, and discover a huge, partially exploded space ship, which they then investigate.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs an Editor April 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An interesting concept but poorly executed. The storyline is familiar enough (Think: Aliens)but the writing style, plodding. Worse, the editing is atrocious e.g., ''their safe'' and ''your right''.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want more November 2, 2012
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I have read all of Raymonds books so far and I look forward to a continuation of this new series. I suspect a tie in with the Star One series. But then again? Anyway more please on this and the Dragon Dreams series as well.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hire an Editor -Stat! April 13, 2013
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Story was okay, but the narrative was interrupted by constant misspellings and grammar errors.

Starts quickly, then slows down much too quickly for a very short story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Atmospheric
After reading some of the less favourable reviews I guess I can really see how subjective people's likes and dislikes are. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Catherine Mackay
1.0 out of 5 stars I felt compelled to say this is the worst book I have ever tried to...
This is the first review I have ever written, although I have read hundreds of books on my Kindle alone. I felt compelled to say this is the worst book I have ever tried to read. Read more
Published 13 days ago by janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
To short
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Liked the premise
I liked the premise of the books but please stop with the guys whining; the one about his wife and the other constantly worried about how his sister would react. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Camper Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
Hooked on the series by the end of the first book.
Published 1 month ago by Carol A Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Michael Wiglesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You'll definitely want to read this series. I think you'll want to follow this author.
Published 3 months ago by B. L. Fine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Book 2 or 3 of slaver wars.
Published 4 months ago by Robert E. Hohlt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this series a lot. Well written and well thought out.
Published 4 months ago by Psyhist
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mr. Weil is my new sci-fi hero!!
Published 4 months ago by trudieb
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