Jonathan Stein thinks only a bad heart can stop him from reaching the moon. But when he discovers his father may have been murdered to protect an appalling NASA secret, he must decide whether his moral compass still points towards the stars.
Days before the Apollo 18 launch in 1974, Jonathan’s father, an Israeli astronaut at NASA, died of an apparent heart attack. A year before his own launch, in 2005, Jonathan, a typically devout skeptic, becomes captivated by the tale of a mysterious online conspiracy theorist who claims that his father had been killed. Unable to keep long-buried suspicions from resurfacing, he reopens the case, digging into a past that becomes stranger and more compelling the deeper he goes.
To get to the truth he must confront Dale Lunden, his father’s best friend and the last man on the moon, and his elusive childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. When his relentless pursuit leads to disturbing revelations about the Nazis who worked for NASA, the hardest questions to answer are the ones he must ask himself.
The Astronaut’s Son was inspired by the true story of Nazi scientists and engineers at NASA.
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
My Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars)
The Astronaut’s Son is an intriguing literary thriller. I can’t say that I particularly liked Jonathan Stein, but I definitely wanted to see him find the answers he was seeking regarding both his father’s fate and the secrets some NASA scientists may have been hiding at the time of the first moon landing. Saying much more would give too much away, but I can say that The Astronaut’s Son is a well-plotted novel with an interesting premise and overall, a very thought-provoking read.
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