- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062676083
- ISBN-13: 978-0062676085
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“What makes GUNPOWDER MOON stand out from most lunar novels is Pedreira’s emphasis on realism in the details that make up his world and the political structures that govern it.” (The Verge)
“Could easily be the prequel to The Expanse, where natural resources off-world become the target of competing powers and one man is left in the middle to avoid catastrophe—a truly interesting read!” (New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer)
“In Gunpowder Moon, David Pedreira has crafted an excellent near-future thriller. This one’s got it all—realistic technology, an all-too-believable political conflict, and characters to care about—in a fast-paced story set amid the moon’s austere beauty.” (Linda Nagata, author of the Nebula-nominated The Red: First Light)
“An excellent sci-fi thriller...The tension is especially strong in the novel’s last pages, leading to a conclusion that manages to be simultaneously cynical and hopeful. This is an exciting story with an unexpected depth—a solid winner.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Pedreira manages an impressive feat in his debut novel....bringing the all-too-familiar economic corruption and personal ruthlessness of capitalist exploitation to this foreign territory, and these subtle inflections elevate an already entertaining sci-fi mystery into a thought-provoking, unsettling work that will keep readers engaged.” (RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars))
“While the setting is entertaining, it does not eclipse the true nature of Pedreira’s debut: an intriguing murder mystery with a great lead that just happens to take place on the moon.” (Booklist)
“Memorable visuals and well-executed action sequences mark this exciting foray into near-future hard sci-fi, which is at its best when framing the poignancy of the desire for peace.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Gripping and propulsive, this tightly plotted story of regular folks trying to do the right thing on the surface of the moon is one of my favorite SF novels of the last several months.” (Meghan McCain)
“[Pedreira] makes an auspicious debut...He deftly handles one challenge of the genre: balancing the wealth of technical detail needed to build a future world with the engaging characters and headlong action needed for a compelling thriller. Gunpowder Moon is a satisfying blastoff.” (Tampa Tribune)
“This debut novel does an excellent job of merging science fiction, mystery, and thriller genres into an engrossing page turner...Readers of hard science fiction, military science fiction, or just a good mystery will really enjoy this book.” (New York Journal of Books)
From the Back Cover
The Moon smells like gunpowder
Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, chief of U.S. mining operations on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind—a flashback to his harrowing days as a marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth.
It’s 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: safety for all. When a bomb kills one of Dechert’s diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.
As he races to solve the first murder in the history of the Moon, Dechert gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder keg, Dechert knows his life and those of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting.
In his desperate attempts to prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, Dechert uncovers a conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team . . . and perhaps plunge Earth back into darkness.
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Only a small percentage of all books that reach print should be given the highest rating.
Most of my reviews are 3 and 4 stars, even if I enjoyed them to a greater or lesser extent.
Having said that, I give Gunpowder Moon a solid, well-deserved 5.
Did somebody already say this is like a blend of The Martian and The Expanse? Probably. That's pretty heady company. I would concur.
This bood is pure HARD SF, just the way I like it.
I'm not a fan of Fantasy, and it seems to me that too many books begin with SF and devolve into Fantasy as the author runs out of ideas.
This book is a lovely combination of mystery and politics and believable military SF.
Honestly, the scenario is all too believable.
I will be looking forward to more books by David Pedreira (while waiting for the next Honor book to come out that actually advances the timeline).
Caden Dechert is a miner digging in the lunar dust to extract helium-3. The helium-3 is used to power fusion reactors to help Earth recover from a terrible natural disaster; a sub-sea methane eruption literally plunged the Earth back into the dark ages. Now, the Americans, Chinese, and Russians have designated areas on the moon where they can dig.
But tensions are running high, and an act of sabotage has taken place at the American site. Later on, an American digger is killed. The Chinese are the suspected culprits, and as time passes, the Americans and Chinese draw closer and closer to war. But who is the real culprit? The true answer may come as a surprise.
Overall, I liked the story, but what was frustrating is that the copy I received had numerous pages out of order in the middle of the book. This made keeping up with the story very difficult. I did enjoy the different characters introduced throughout, and the "hard science" story was appealing.
It's the second half of the 21st century. The world HAS been hit by runaway global warming which is touched upon but not really explored. As it happens researchers discovered non-polluting sources of energy on the Moon using Helium-3, and the race is on as nations jockey for control and mining rights. Everything is more or less humming along with all of the normal issues of supply and old infrastructure and whatnot....and then somebody is murdered. Its the first murder ever recorded on the Moon....now what?
The name comes from how astronauts have described the "smell" of the Moon....they've remarked on several occasions that it is rather like gunpowder.
Good story, well written and well plotted. A bit slow to start but that's my only complaint. Quite well written!
Man goes to the moon to drill for essential ores and gases in a peaceful agreement but ends up fighting for control as he has done since civilization began. The question becomes, who started the chain of events, and how will our US team survive the expected battle?
Great read as a sci fi book or as a political thriller.