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"Steere's high-octane suspense tale takes off with all the intrigue and honor of the best space-age Westerns and political thrillers." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Author Marty Steere is brilliant!... The action is non-stop and fast-paced and is mixed with just the right amount of mystery to make a perfect thriller.... [The] plot is plausible, the characters are realistic, and the writing is stunning a read that you will be unable to stop reading until the very end." - Readers Favorite

"Attention grabbing from start to finish, this novel is filled with non-stop action and suspense. Enjoyable, entertaining, and original, readers will fly through the pages." - Publishers Weekly

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"That shouldn't be here."

Those are the last words uttered by Commander Bob Cartwright in September 1976, just before all communication with the crew of Apollo 18 is inexplicably lost during the astronauts' first moonwalk.  Frantic attempts to re-establish communications with the astronauts are unsuccessful.  Three days later, however, as NASA is scrambling to put together a rescue mission, astronomers detect a burn of the service propulsion system, and, on schedule, but still in eerie silence, the command module begins its return transit, culminating in the welcome sight of the capsule descending majestically beneath a trio of parachutes into the South Pacific.

But when the hatch is opened, the navy divers tasked with assisting the astronauts into the recovery helicopter make a gruesome discovery.  The bodies of the three men inside have been burned beyond recognition, victims of a failed heat shield.  And with them has died any chance of learning the meaning of Cartwright's enigmatic last statement or what transpired during those three blacked out days in the Mare Crisium, or Sea of Crises.

Unfortunately, unless and until man returns to the moon, it's a mystery that will remain forever unsolved.

Or will it?

Thirty-six years later, Cartwright's sons make a shocking discovery:  The capsule that came down in the Pacific Ocean with three charred remains was not their father's capsule.  And the body they buried all those years before was not their father. What they've uncovered puts the three brothers on the run, chased by a ruthless group who will stop at nothing to preserve the secret behind the fate of the Apollo 18 astronauts.  The brothers will need to set aside past differences and pool their talents if they are to stay alive and unravel the mystery behind what really happened in the Sea of Crises.

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  • Print Length: 316 pages
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  • Publisher: Penfield Publications (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QYPU8U
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The son of a career air force officer, Marty Steere grew up on or near military installations across the country and overseas before settling in Southern California, where, when he's not writing, he practices law. His first novel, Sea of Crises, was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012.

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Marty Steere's Sea of Crises drew me in, held me at the edge, and gave my hand a comforting squeeze when I couldn't stand to see what happened next. This is a thriller with heart that will leave its readers satisfied they followed the Cartwright boys into a dangerous adventure.

On September 1976 Commander Bob Cartwright led a three-man crew on the last of the manned Apollo missions, Apollo 18. Communications with the crew were inexplicably lost during the astronauts' first moonwalk, and despite NASA's efforts could not be re-established. Three days later, Apollo 18's still silent command module splashed down into the South Pacific. The Navy divers who reached the module beheld a gruesome tableau: three bodies burned beyond recognition. Commander Cartwright and his crew were apparently cooked to death by a failed heat shield.

Even after thirty-six years this event was near and dear to Commander Cartwright's sons. But when Peter Cartwright made a frantic call to elder brother Nate, asking for a late airport pickup because he suspected he was being followed, neither sibling realized just how much danger they have called upon themselves. Pursued by a deadly group of hunters working for The Organization, they must gather the surviving families of the other two astronauts and piece together what really happened to Apollo 18's crew.

It's possible that lunar history buffs, military history buffs, and conspiracy theorists will comb the details of Marty Steere's tale for authenticity before they allow themselves to accept the story.
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"That shouldn't be here."

These enigmatic last words are transmitted by Commander Bob Cartwright to Houston Control from the surface of the moon are the catalyst for a chain of events that will keep you turning the pages until you're done reading. When I read the description of the book, I knew I HAD to read this book. It certainly didn't disappoint.

This is one of the books you want to savor, to prolong the pleasure - but you can't put it down and it's over all too soon. Does the world need another book about missions to the moon, secret government organizations, coverups, and conspiracy? Absolutely, especially this one! I enjoyed every twisting, turning minute of it.

Bob Cartwright's son, Peter, decides to write a book about the Apollo 18 mission that claimed the life of his father. As part of his research, he visits the surviving family of Mason Gale, one of the other mission members. Little does he know this will trigger a response that could cost him not only his life, but the lives of the Gale family and everyone else associated with the members of the Apollo 18 crew, including his brother, Nate, and his twin brother, Matt. As Nate, Peter and Matt run for their lives, they realize the only thing that can possibly save them is to find out what really happened during the 1976 Apollo 18 mission to the moon. Someone is willing to threaten, kill and put a lot of time and money into making sure nobody finds out. Only the truth can set the three brothers free from the hunters, so they set out to find out what that truth is, no matter the cost.
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WOW! From the first paragraph, this book grabbed me and didn't let go until the final sentence. I read it in one day, and was simply blown away -- the tension, the definition of characterizations, the derring-do, the exploration of international affairs of that period of time -- it all came together in one terrific story. The descriptions of the physical surroundings were so well done, one could see the landscape, hear the waves breaking on the shore, hear the sound of tires over rocks, cringe at the explosions, feel the land rover wobble over the moon's surface.

When a first-time author comes out with a story this strong, one expects more -- hopes for more -- because a good book is a good time. I look forward to more good times reading Mr. Steere's creative output.
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This book caught my interest almost immediately, which I loved. Nate received a call from his brother, Peter, late at night asking to be picked up from the airport. He is positive he is being followed. Nate picks him up, asking why his normally calm and levelheaded brother would be so paranoid. Peter, who is a writer, tells him he is finally writing the book he has always wanted to write...the one about the Apollo 18 space mission. Their father was the commander of the mission and died during re-entry when the modules heat shield failed and the men were basically cooked to death. In doing his research, especially with the help of a Freedom of Information Act inquiry, he obtained documents and photos never seen by the public. In examining one photo (a particularly gruesome one of the inside of the module when it was opened to get the astronauts out) he realizes that the module number is wrong. The one in the photo is the one that was supposed to be used in the cancelled Apollo 19 mission, not the one sent up to the moon with his dad. Of course now he is questioning what is really going on and if the body they buried was in fact his father. His investigating triggered an entire secret government agency to try to contain him and his information. From the moment Nate and Peter got home to find what they THOUGHT was Nate's dog decapitated and hanging from a hook as a warning, it was constant action and intrigue.

I honestly loved reading this book because I love a book that can not only catch your interest, but keep it all the way to the last page. This book managed to do that in spades. The characters were all fantastic and easy to like, even the bad guys, lol. It is a very well written book, and the ending was FANTASTIC. I loved learning the true fate of the men of the Apollo 18 mission in Mr. Steere's story. It would make a great movie! Five stars and I'd definitely read more from this talented author.
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