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Blood of the Moon: A Thriller Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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"...An exciting read, highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review
From the Inside Flap
David Rivers is a second-generation oilman. From Houston, he runs the multinational oil company built by his father, former Apollo astronaut Michael Rivers, one of the last men alive to walk on the moon. Michael now spends his days confined to an assisted-living facility, his mind succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. Somewhere in Michael's crumbling memory is a devastating secret he has revealed to no one in over forty years, not even to his sole surviving child. The secret is the location of a small capsule Michael brought back from the moon in 1972 containing proof that conventional wisdom is a deliberate lie.
With the cryptic aid of an anonymous benefactor deep within the ancient and powerful secret society of the Hostmen of Newcastle, David races to unravel the mysteries shrouding his father's legacy while wars, terrorism, and riots over dwindling oil reserves enflame the planet, and a corrupted American presidential election teeters in the balance. David finds himself confronting the same crisis of conscience his father faced decades before. Should he risk his life and company to expose the Hostmen's lies? Or will he bury what he uncovers and let the world burn?
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Top Customer Reviews
hell of a story. Third, his book reads and is constructed
like a movie script (that's a good thing). I truly loved
99% of the book (that's a really good thing). I usually
don't like anything. A great, timely, unique and
riveting story, I couldn't put it down. I can usually
guess at any twists and turns coming, and he surprised me a
number of times. I can't wait to read his second book.
In Europe, from Medieval through Renaissance times merchant cartels ruthlessly manipulated and monopolized trade in commodities by strangling the flow of commerce. Foremost among these cartels, the great Hanseatic League ruled the waterways of the Baltic Sea. On a more focused level, the Hostmen of Newcastle-upon-Tyne successfully suppressed all competition for the coal trade along the Tyne River.
Richard Gazala takes these real-world historical elements and weaves them into an intriguing tale of power, wealth and deadly conspiracy. Blood of the Moon is set on the grandest scale of the world stage in July of 2016. The planet is ripe for a new generation of Lunar explorers to expose a closely-held secret. The result is a fast-paced thrill ride pitting the old order against the forces of change.
If you're hyper-critical, you'll have to suspend disbelief on a few occasions where the plot line becomes more than a bit forced and improbable. But that's standard for the genre. On the whole, this is a rousing roller-coaster ride, complete with sudden curves, tension building ascents, and hair-raising plunges into break-neck action.
The parts break down like this:
Writing Style (2 to 3 stars): It is crisp and straightforward. It gets the job done and seldom distracts.
Research and factual underpinning (4 stars for the science and technology, 5 for the settings): Impeccable, outstanding.
Characterization (2 stars): Don't expect to develop any emotional attachment to Gazala's characters - his energy is more invested in weaving together the threads of the action. And at the latter craft, he is clearly talented and willing to expend the effort to do it well ...
Plot (5 stars for imagination, 4 for pace): you'll enjoy the twists. Don't spoil it by reading ahead.
Gazala has that most important gift of any thriller writer: perfect timing. His plot, which concerns the potential discovery of mineral deposits on the moon, dovetails perfectly with our recent bombing of the lunar surface (seeking water vapor.) He seems either eerily prescient, or else "wired-in." It makes a good read even better.
A great read with interesting and memorable characters throughout. BoTM is a fast-paced, well-researched story with intelligently crafted twists and turns leading up to an action-packed, suspense-filled ending. Gazala does a great job detailing exotic locales, filling them with all kinds of shifty characters and sub plots. The story's backdrop of energy wars mixed with 2016 geopolitic makes today's world seem like a family picnic. Would love to see this story made into a movie.
Looking forward to his next effort.
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