The ultimate disaster novel. IT'S TIME TO PANIC...A comet is coming. It's going to hit the moon. And the moon is going to fall. On us. Out of the blindside of a total solar eclipse comes a fundamental threat to life on our planet. Moonbase, the NASA project establishing at last permanent human activity on the moon, has been up and running for ...
The ultimate disaster novel. IT'S TIME TO PANIC...A comet is coming. It's going to hit the moon. And the moon is going to fall. On us. Out of the blindside of a total solar eclipse comes a fundamental threat to life on our planet. Moonbase, the NASA project establishing at last permanent human activity on the moon, has been up and running for precisely five days. If it's knocked out, it'll be a hell of a blow to the US President, Henry Kolladner, who came to office riding high on the space ticket. And it'll be a bit of a blow to his deputy, VP Charlie Haskell, who's actually up there. If the comet fully impacts, there'll be no more moon at all. Billions of tons of lunar rock will crash to Earth. There'll be tidal waves, quakes, global destruction. It's a tough call for the President. Does he declare a state of emergency and start evacuating the entire coastal population of America? Imagine the chaos, the looting, the riots...Does he panic? Wouldn't YOU?
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Publishers Weekly, 1998-02-23 Racing neck and neck with doomsday, this breathless near-future thriller pits young, single and politically hopeful U.S. V.P. Charlie Haskell and a gigantic international cast of heroic helpers against an interstellar comet that blows the Moon to lethal smithereens and threatens to wipe out life on Earth. Just before the comet is spotted, cancer-riddled President Kolladner dispatches Charlie to the ceremonial opening of the U.S.-led commercial Moonbase, setting Charlie up for a spacewalk into destiny. Loaded with flaming action and fortified with characters from today's headlines, the novel hurtles cinematically from one point of view to another so rapidly that the characters, except for Charlie, tend to blur into one another. After McDevitt explodes the Moon midway through the novel, fearsome tsunamis wreak havoc on both American coasts. With a murderous gang of rocket-hating backwoods militants thrown in for a whisker too much good measure, U.S. know-how and rough-riding true American grit save the day on the ground. In space, Charlie faces more perils than Pauline didŠand loses some of his credibility as a result. Overall, though, McDevitt's scrupulous research and ability to bring the arcane intricacies of space engineering within the grasp of the earthbound make this a fine-tuned disaster to remember. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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