- Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (December 9, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061051128
- ISBN-13: 978-0061051128
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moonfall Mass Market Paperback – December 9, 1998
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In five days, comet "Tomiko" will shatter the Moon. Huge chunks will rain down on Earth, causing continent-wide fires, killer storms, and tidal waved as tall as mountain ranges.
Five days to save a world.
Five nightmare days for the reluctant Russian rocket jockey entrusted with Earth's future; for the woman astronaut who may be the last human on the Moon; for the scientist who must deflect the "possums" (POSSible IMpactors) or witness the end of science itself. And for Vice President Charlie Haskell, the career politician who discovers unexpected reserves of courage and principle as he makes choices not only for himself and his country, but for all humankind.
"Moonfall" is McDevitt's masterpiece-- a heart-stopping drama of heroism and hope played out against the awesome spectacle of the darkest night in human history.
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The first major Lunar colony is up and running. The Vice President is arriving to dedicate the base. Missions are being planned to the asteroids and Mars and Humanity is started to look outward.
And then an astronomer sees a smudge near the Sun...a smudge that isn't supposed to be there. After a couple of days scientists figure out it's an extra-solar comet...a big one, it's moving *fast*...and it's on a direct course for the Moon.
The first half of the book is more or less focused on preparing as much as possible and getting the space fleet into safety, whereas the second half deals more with the disaster that is the aftermath of the collision. It all hangs together quite well, though it seems a bit long.
Recommended...it's a good read but feels a bit more like an action thriller than a straight up science fiction novel.
This was not a bad book. The writing was competent, the science interesting. Some of the characters had quite a bit of potential, as did the basic premise and a couple of the abandoned plot-threads. It just wasn't a terribly good book.