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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Breakneck Books (September 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979692946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979692949
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

RED MOON is the result of my lifelong fascination with space travel, and the Soviet space program in particular. The notion of firing men into space crammed in low-tech contraptions like the cannonball-like Vostok has always struck me as appealingly Jules Vernian. When I was in high school in the 1970s, I even wrote to the Soviet Embassy for information. They responded with this big package of propaganda, which I'm sure landed me on an FBI list!

The germ of inspiration for RED MOON came from a short story called "Sea of Crises," written by my close friend, L. George Daniels, in 1973. The story remained stuck in the back of my mind until I attended a Sotheby's art exhibition in 1993 and wandered into the basement. I was stunned to find a bunch of Soviet space hardware being prepared for sale! I ran into a bald, thickset little man and asked him, "excuse me, sir, but is that REALLY Alexei Leonov's spare EVA suit?" And he said, "da-- I am Leonov." Leonov, in 1965, was the first man to walk in space.

Inspired, I contacted L. George Daniels and suggested we develop RED MOON as a screenplay. We wrote an outline that was a straightforward account of the Moon race from the Soviet perspective. I pitched it to my screen-writing teacher, Pam Wallace (co-authored "Witness"). She said, "why am I supposed to care about this?" I thought hard and came up with the 2019 story line involving a return to the Moon and a search for the Mother Lode, which we wrapped around the 1969 Soviet account. This was too "big" for a screenplay, so I started writing it as a novel in late '97, with contributions from Dan. My dream became reality in November 2000, when RED MOON was a "launch title" for the new FireWord Publishing house.

I think you'll enjoy RED MOON. It's a big, sprawling epic of mankind's onetime obsession with exploring space, an obsession we need to regain if our species is going to survive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David S. Michaels is a journalist and historian who has written numerous articles on technology, space flight, and world history. A California native, he now resides in Lancaster, PA with his wife and three daughters. RED MOON, his first novel, is based on seven years’ research into the secret Soviet lunar program. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mr. Michaels has done a great job at researching this material, and gave an excellent presentation at the book signing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on March 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
It was quite by accident that I came across 'Red Moon', but if this is what accidents are supposed to be like, I would like to experience MORE of them. David Michaels contacted me personally about his novel, and before long, I was cracking open a copy of 'Red Moon' anxious to see if it was indeed as good as all of the reviews here on amazon 'claimed' it was. To be honest, words escape me how to describe how truly magnificent this book really is. I know that David is shopping the book around to find just the right place to distribute it nationally, and to be honest, after having read this book, I would think any company with an ounce of brains would be literally fighting over the opportunity to release this incredibly compelling story.
Just 3 days before Apollo 11 launched, the Soviet Union also launched Luna 15, a so-called unmanned robotic ship that was to collect lunar soil samples and bring it back...in 'Red Moon' we are faced with the fictional account of a world class 'what if' question: What IF Luna 15 was actually a manned ship on a 1-way trip to the moon? Yes, NOT coming back. Grigor Belinsky is the man who is blackmailed into making this trip, and throughout this amazing story, you get to know Belinsky, you get to really appreciate what kind of person he is, and most importantly, this story gets you to thinking, 'Is this fiction, or did it REALLY happen?' I can't tell you how many times my mind ran across that question.
'Red Moon' gives you several points-of-view, taking you from the surface of the moon in 2019 and the discovery of Luna 15, to the incredibly shocking realization that it was a manned ship... to 1968 when the Space Race was not just for national pride, but personal and selfish advancement as well...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2001
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Having been a space program buff since my childhood, I've been drawn by books like Martin Caidin's Marooned, Stephen Baxter's Voyage, and even political writer Allen Drury's The Throne of Saturn (that one dates me, I realize). Red Moon caught my attention while I was browsing Amazon, and after only a few pages I was pleased to see I had spent my money very, very well.
Simply, this is an amazing book. Unlike a lot of books that try to achieve a cinematic effect by cutting quickly between scenes and situations, Michaels' book, with its full chapters and fully realized sequences paints clear heartfelt scenes more effectively than most of today's films. His characters of astronaut Janet Luckman, planetary geologist Milo Jefferson, and central character, Cosmonaut Grigor Belinsky are living and breathing people with needs and flaws and conflicts. People I thought about long after I had finished Red Moon.
The premise is that a lunar mission set during the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing discovers the Soviet craft Luna 15, launched days before Apollo 11 but landing at nearly the same time, was not an unmanned probe, but in fact a last-ditch attempt to land a man on the Moon before the Americans. As an adolescent in 1969, I followed the flight of Apollo 11 completely entranced, and the looming presence of Luna 15 was felt deeply by me. I had wondered about the intentions of the mysterious craft, and it is fascinating to me to see this captured the imagination of this writer as well.
This is a huge book, not only in size, but scope, and Michaels pulls it off admirably, even more so considering this is his first novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Levinson on July 1, 2001
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Part secret/alternate history, part near-future Lunar exploration, part political intrigue past and future, this superb novel had me riveted through its 617 pages. If you've ever wondered how the Soviets came to lose the Moon race in the 1960s, you'll find Red Moon compelling and irresistible. Scenes of launches scrubbed because of bad weather, of cosmonauts dying unknown, were heartbreaking -- Michaels shows these (possible) catastrophes as failures for all humanity, not just Communism. At the same time, he convincingly shows how Soviet paranoia shot itself in the foot and worse. Meanwhile, these and other threads in the novel are told and tied together via richly human stories. This is not just among the best first novels I've read in years; it's among the best novels, period. David Michaels' Red Moon is a masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on May 26, 2001
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RED MOON is an exceptional novel of speculative fiction. The author has done a tremendous job in intertwining three related plots to generate an oeuvre of hefty proportions and considerable creativity. And it is such a pleasure to read a book that is written for the reader, not in anticipation of a screenplay.

RED MOON not only uses the backdrop of the US-USSR space race as one point of departure, but also creates tension through the ongoing philosophical differences that remain between the two nations. The historical references to the program of the late 1960's are insightful, accurate and compelling. The plots are uncompromisingly driven by a "what-if?" factor that is added by speculations that the world was not aware of certain flights and missions by the Soviets. Revealing these cover-ups and conspiracies through the future lunar exploration timelines is a remarkably effective literary device, well handled by the author.

The characters of astronaut Janet Luckman, planetary geologist Milo Jefferson, and central character, Cosmonaut Grigor Belinsky are well drawn and believable. The future setting of lunar exploration in search of Helium-3 is portrayed admirably, and the historical elements incorporated are enlightening and without extraneous embellishment.

A gripping and passionate tale that is sure to please. Highly Recommended.
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