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2087 - A colony of scientists is stranded on the moon as the Earth faces imminent disaster. 

1504 - A wooden sailing ship is navigating the dangerous waters of religious fundamentalism. 

Two events separated by space and time, yet destined to collide in a simple twist of fate. 

When a comet changes course and heads for Earth, the finger of blame is pointed at one country. The entire planet is thrown into chaos, while on the moon, a colony of scientists faces the bleak prospect of being stranded...forever. 

Will Cooper and Nadia Sokolova become unlikely allies in their struggle for survival. Can they make Armstrong Base self-sufficient before the food runs out? Will they ever see their families again? Can love conquer fear in one-sixth gravity? And what does a 16th-century sailing ship and its grizzled captain have to do with their plight? Can he stay alive long enough to uncover the origins of all humans on Earth? 

Is this the end of man...or the rebirth of mankind? Only Mother Moon has the answers....

©2015 Robert Goddard (P)2018 Robert Goddard

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Exceptionally promising first book, but...

Bob Goddard has great talent. This is a rich and thoughtful work, written with care and deep dedication to the intricacies of his complex storyline. Yet I didn't enjoy it very much, for a couple of reasons.

The first big problem is the way some of the main women scientists are constantly depicted as adolescent basket cases. Yes, the stalwart leader of the colony is a woman, and a great one. But all of these women were chosen for the moon colony because they are among the best in their fields. Notable women scientists are not perpetually crippled by the emotional problems of 14-year old girls. This was so jarring I wanted to stop listening early on. But I thought the sobbing must surely stop at some point, and it finally did- but only much later on. And not before leaving a bad aftertaste. Highly intelligent women scientists certainly may have strong emotions and reactions. But they are not ceaselessly whiny cry-babies in the face of common disaster. If you don't believe it, read the environmental news.

The second big problem for me was the ending. I felt cheated by the abrupt failure here of the careful scientific underpinnings of the book. The story's ongoing Earth-science-on-the-Moon is presented so reasonably and coherently it forms a large part of its charm. But after all that, the ending suddenly abandons all previous logic with a glaring omission. And if you see the missing link at the end, you probably won't like it any more than I did.

Re: Bernard Faricy. This narrator is new to me and quite unlike any others. It took a little time, but I learned to appreciate his dry and oddly compelling narrative style. It fits this book nicely.

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Got lost in this book

Loved this book so much. It is so well written and the story provided a much needed escape for me and I got lost in it. I cannot look at the moon the same since! This book will appeal to a wide audience. There is something for everyone. I would not be surprised if it were adapted for the big screen. It captivated me so much I started to dream about the world in the book lol Beautifully done.

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  • Thomas
  • 07-30-18

This tale takes you across time and space

The story was great, offering glimpses of the past and predictions of a possible future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-18

good book ruined by dreadful narration.

after recommendation i was looking forward to listening to this book. It seems well written with a good storyline. Unfortunately the clunky and awkward narration. (it feels listening to an automated recording) has rendered the story unlistenable. disappointed

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  • James Guest
  • 07-19-18

Worst narrator I’ve ever heard

The story sounded great but I’d recommend buying the regular book not the audiobook. The narrator is the worst I’ve ever heard, sounding awkward and weird at all points. It was too distracting from the story and completely ruined it for me. I only got through 2 or 3 chapters before I had to refund it - Completely Unlistenable.

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