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The Cassandra Project | [Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick]

The Cassandra Project

Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.
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Publisher's Summary

Two science fiction masters—Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick—team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the secret history of the US space program…

Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars—and unexplored planets and solar systems—in his eyes. Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a 50-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability—and his willingness—to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...

©2012 Cryptic, Inc., and Mike Resnick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Patrick Brewster, NY, United States 12-05-12
    Patrick Brewster, NY, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Competent Mystery Story that pays homage to 2001"
    Where does The Cassandra Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a Military- SiFi buff that will go for a good mystery if a description caches me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The environment seems to draw on a variety of sub cultures to form a society that is almost believable, the depiction of the NASA community is a subtle critique of the US Space program.

    However the book suffers from putting a fake cowboy style Elon Musk as the main antagonist. With the exception of Henry Kissinger real people are kept in the background.

    The main plot is a conspiracy theorist dream involving Nixon, the Russians ,secret moon landings with a 40 year coverup.


    The general ending is visible from a a mile away, to anyone who have seen 2001 a space odyssey or transformers 3. Altho the specific ending is eluted to you don't see the biggest oh du why didn't i see that until the final chapter.

    I am a moderate liberal, so the libertarian Bucky and total ineffectual politicians is a bit grading and at the same time seems to be a bit to realistic.















    What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

    All voice ranges are proffered very well done


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I finished this book in less than 18 hours, and the again a few days later.


    Any additional comments?


    Spoiler warning: Christians may be offended by the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-16-12
    Jayne Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "book seems to drop off"
    What did you like best about The Cassandra Project? What did you like least?

    interesting if slow read but then the "end" seems to not be an end - and the audible transition of this is only part of the book is given at the end of the second part of a presumably two part book - so what gives!!! somewhere there is a mistake - either on audibles side by putting a transition tape at the end of a book or there is a third part, which seems more likely given where it "ended", and that part is missing from audibles library - in any case until the mistake is sorted out (get rid of the transition or add the third part) do not buy


    Do you think The Cassandra Project needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    are you kidding - yes if that is in fact the end that is there - but then even the folks at audible found it very confusing by putting a transistion statement at the end of a book to what?????


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 02-04-13
    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Kugelblitz

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    "Not as good as the short story"
    What did you like best about The Cassandra Project? What did you like least?

    I liked the conspiracy aspect of the story. What I liked most about the original short story, however, was the reason why the conspiracy persisted. The reason for it in the novel has slightly changed, and I think the epiphany of that reason diminishes the impact of the message which was suppressed. I also didn't much care for a lot of the additional plot items they added. They didn't seem to add to or take from the original.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I already read the short story, so I had a good idea of the ending. The ending of the short story is much more satisfying, I think. The ending to the novel is similar, but it doesn't accentuate the message quite as well.


    What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

    He was very talented. I will look for other audiobooks he narrates.


    Was The Cassandra Project worth the listening time?

    Neutral. If one has already read the orinal short story, then I am not so sure it's worth the time. If not, then it might be worth a person's time. It's not a bad novel anyway.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-10-13
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but too long"

    I liked the concept and enjoyed the plot, when you got to it, but it seemed way too long. There were endless dialogues between characters, going over the same ground, it seemed. But I wanted to hang on until the end and I'm very glad I did. For me, it easily could have been half the length and accomplished as much. I found I could half listen to the dialogue in case anything new actually came up. I'm not sure I'd read another by this author. Maybe 'abridged' is the way to go with this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juliesm31 Cincinnati, OH 12-04-12
    Juliesm31 Cincinnati, OH 12-04-12
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    "Drags on for hours with nothing happening"
    What disappointed you about The Cassandra Project?

    The story was so slow to unravel that it was painful.


    What could Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Increase intensity.


    How could the performance have been better?

    That was fine


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been a good story. The concept is good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jimbo Fairfield, CA, USA 11-16-12
    Jimbo Fairfield, CA, USA 11-16-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Terrible."
    What would have made The Cassandra Project better?

    Better science, realistic law, opposite ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick again?

    Probably not.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Holsopple’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the voices were good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed with the lack of understanding of how to get mass into space, the belief that the US wouldn't stop someone launching into space just because they owned the land they took of from, an worst the complete disowning of truth at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got it on sale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly C. White Virginia, USA 05-04-13
    Kimberly C. White Virginia, USA 05-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Dragonflydreamer

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    "Not impressed"

    I was looking forward to this book, and kept listening to the very end to find out the big secret. Very disappointing ending--flat and unimaginative.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 03-18-13
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 03-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.

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    "A good read but..."

    The authors are usually excellent and have a fine history of writing behind them. The plot line in this book, namely that US astronauts landed on the moon before Neil Armstrong but it was hushed up because of what was found had so much potential. I was disappointed that it wasn't developed further because while it's a rattling good read and having corresponded with both authors a few years ago, I was left with the feeling of wanting more. In terms of quality the book is one of the best "nuts and bolts" style of science fiction but I would have loved to have sat down with Jack and Mike to discuss other ways of fleshing out the story, perhaps even a hook for an encore. The politics of the times were accurately depicted and although every story needs a victim, it was all too easy to blame Richard Nixon, whom I think will be more fairly treated by history than by current commentators.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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