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Sea of Crises a book by Marty Steere

A Mystery/Thriller about what really happened during the failed Apollo 18 mission

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This Book Could Have Been Better

  • Jan 11, 2013

I was lucky to receive a reviewer's copy from the author for this book.  This book has both a lot of good parts and some not so good.  The premise of the book is that there was an additional Apollo mission to the moon in the mid 1970's (Apollo 18).  During that mission, NASA lost contact with the moon module and no further contact was made until it splashed down on Earth days later with the inside of the capule "fried" with three burnt bodies inside. 

Flashforward to the present and Nate Cartwright, son of one of the Apollo 18 astronuats gets a desperate call from his brother Peter to pick him up at the airport.  Peter tells him he is being followed by bad people.  When Nate meets Peter he tells him he has been investigating documentation from the Apollo 18 flight and has proof that the capsule that was recovered, was not the capsule that was sent up.

When they get home they are beset on by some bad guys who give them a warning to stop looking into the Apollo 18 mission.  Nate and Peter are not deterred and decide to locate their brother Matt for help.  Matt is some sort of secret operative living in hiding who had been declared dead several years prior.  Matt wants to help his brothers learn what happened to their father and they go in search of answers.  Having ignored the bad guys' warnings they are now pursued by the bad guys.

Now what was really good about the book.  The author spends roughly a third of the book telling the story of what happened to the Apollo 18 crew on the moon and this part of the book is very compelling and these pages fly by really quickly for the reader.  Now for the not so good.  The rest of the book is kind of boring and seems to copy from a lot of other stories.  Matt turns out to be a type of unstoppable Jason Bourne and he seems to get weaponry and explosives out of thin air.  We have seen a lot of this before in Die Hard and Rambo movies. 

Had the book been solely been the story on the moon, I could easily have given it five stars.  The rest of the book brings down my rating to three stars.

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"That shouldn't be here."

Those are the last words uttered by Commander Bob Cartwright in September 1976, just before all communication with the crew of Apollo 18 is inexplicably lost during the astronauts' first moonwalk. Frantic attempts to re-establish communications with the astronauts are unsuccessful. Three days later, however, as NASA is scrambling to put together a rescue mission, astronomers detect a burn of the service propulsion system, and, on schedule, but still in eerie silence, the command module begins its return transit, culminating in the welcome sight of the capsule descending majestically beneath a trio of parachutes into the South Pacific. But when the hatch is opened, the navy divers tasked with assisting the astronauts into the recovery helicopter make a gruesome discovery. The bodies of the three men inside have been burned beyond recognition, victims of a failed heat shield. And with them has died any chance of learning the meaning of Cartwright's enigmatic last statement or what transpired during those three blacked out days in the Mare Crisium, or Sea of Crises. Unfortunately, unless and until man returns to the moon, it's a mystery that will remain forever unsolved.

Or will it?

Thirty-six years later, Cartwright's sons make a shocking discovery: The capsule that came down in the Pacific Ocean with three charred remains was not their father's capsule. And the body they buried all those years before was not their ...
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