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A realistic and chilling vision of life on the moon, where dust kills as easily as the vacuum of space...but murder is even quicker - a fast-paced, cinematic science fiction thriller, this debut novel combines the inventiveness of The Martian, the intrigue of The Expanse, and the thrills of Red Rising.

The moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the US mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind - a reminder of his harrowing days as a marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth.

It's 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills one of Dechert's diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.

But as Dechert races to solve the first murder in the history of the moon, he gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder keg, Dechert knows his life and the lives of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting.

In his desperate attempts to save his crew and prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, the former marine uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team...and perhaps plunge the Earth back into darkness.

©2018 David Pedreira (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Terrific Space Thriller!

This is a fantastic audio book, with a great story and wonderful narration. It had my attention from the get-go, and held it all the way through. I really hope this author writes more sci-fi, because I would be lined up to read it!

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  • Zach
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  • 03-28-18

So tired of bad books.

I know I’m a hater. In my defense, it’s ok to be a hater when I’m hungry for nutrition and the market sells mostly dirt.

This book is a non event. Characters? Nope. Setting? Milk toast. Story and plot? I can forgive predictable but not predictable, pedestrian and dull.

I’m going to rend my clothes.

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Enthrallingly dark story of human condition

This is not your happy go lucky sci-fi space opera. It’s a very realistic story of how we easily can end up, not far into the future.

The main mystery was unfortunately not very deep, and I figured it out pretty quick. However, the characters and pacing of the story kept me thoroughly entertained.

I’m looking forward to more from this author.

Likewise, the narrator Jeffrey Kafer was excellent, and I’ll look up further books read by him.

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Great listen

Loved it beginning to end. The story was absolutely amazing. I have already listened to it twice.

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