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Over the last few years, Jack McDevitt has quietly been producing an outstanding collection of science fiction novels. Earlier works such asThe Engines of GodandAncient Shoreshad a thoughtful, archeological-exploration bent, but withMoonfallhe takes off the gloves to create a splashy, near-future science fiction thriller with a big cast of characters and a do-or-die attitude. At the center of the story is Charlie Haskell, the U.S. vice president, who in 2024--an election year--has arrived at the American Moonbase to cut the ribbon and declare it operational. But there's a problem, and it's a doozy: a "sun-grazer" comet, with immense mass and speed, is on a collision course with the moon. Haskell, with an eye to his public image, puts himself at the bottom of the evacuation list. But time grows critically short, and soon more than his political future is in jeopardy--broken chunks of moon will begin exploding outwards. If they reach Earth, some of the chunks are big enough to cause an extinction event. McDevitt pays attention to his science while revving the action, and the stakes couldn't be higher: Haskell's choices will decide who lives and who dies--if anyone survives at all.--Blaise Selby--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10:  0061051128
ISBN-13:  978-0061051128
Author:  Jack Mcdevitt
Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher:  Eos
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review by . May 23, 2000
Forget "Armeggedon". Forget "Deep Impact". This is THE space/disaster book that SHOULD have been made into a movie. Jack McDevitt's "Moonfall" presents the reader with a gripping plot, solid character development, and cutting edge "hard" science fiction.From the opening of "Moonbase" to the final hair-raising solutions, this book is not to be missed.From the coattail-riding Vice-President who wants to be a real hero; the chaplain (yes, unlike many SF writers, McDevitt is not ashamed to recognize …
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