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Publisher's Summary

What lies on the dark side of the moon could change the course of humanity forever.

When a Chinese rover discovers an alien technology on the dark side of the moon, it is up to Richard "Rock" Crandon and his NASA team of scientists and engineers to devise a way to return before the Chinese and Russians.

Forced to deal with bureaucratic oversight and a complex team of personalities, Rock Crandon pushes his team to their limits.

With pressure mounting, the world is pushed closer to conflict and war as the NASA team finds itself seriously behind in the newly initiated space race. The future of mankind, its ideological and technological advances are at stake, as the world's super powers race to discover what lies on the dark side of the moon.

Who will get there first, and at what cost?

©2015 Salvador Mercer (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Tech savvy people beware

I stopped listening after ten minutes. This is supposed to be a book about technology, and it contains three howlers in the first ten minutes, including one in the first sentence. They were: "Oxygen in the atmosphere caught fire," "A species that had literally no culture" (followed by a member of that species giving a verbal command to prepare for battle.) And then the final straw: "The voltage must be less than one megawatt."

If these don't bother you, the writing quality seems fine, the narrator is good, and the story may be interesting.

37 of 45 people found this review helpful

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Somehow comes off as a Tom Clancy book in space.

Not stellar, a lot of USA and NASA chest thumping. Very light on the sci-fi.

Some characters do nothing for the story other then ask for clarification for simple concepts and be "not very nice" (ehm, every NSA member). This book seems like it is always holding your hand, wasting alot of time on overblown explanations ham fisted into the dialog (comes off about as natural as a rabbit laying eggs).

The characters are not very well devoloped (there are alot of them however) and it became hard to care if the "good" guys pulled it off in the end.

It is too bad as the idea was neat and the audio performance was great but this book was a dissapointment.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 11-09-16

Surprising start to a promising series.

If you could sum up Lunar Discovery in three words, what would they be?

Dynamic
Interesting
Original

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lunar Discovery?

The rescue scenario ( not a spoiler, as it can't be a series if they all die) is compelling listening.

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

I don't recall any, although I know I have listened to his work in the past. He is very good in this offering.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The dynamics between some of the characters are moving at times.

Any additional comments?

Some glitches in the production ( I listen on headphones, and there was some background noises ). There is also a lack of proper research, with naming conventions abit off, and the never ending repeating of the time setting is redundant.

All that said, this is a unique, slightly derivative but nonetheless solid beginning to a series that I will be sure to listen to through to the end. A solid credit worthy sci fi investment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Must Read.

I read and listen to a lot of books, with sci-fi and mystery thrillers (Agent Pendergast) being my drugs of choice, so I'l am not a novice to Audible. In my humble opinion this book is on par, if not above "The Marian." The plot is well thought out and plausible. The action is steady and not over powering. You are left on the edge of your seat and may find yourself overfilling your dog's bowl or shushing your spouse. The best part is Salvador keeps you intrigued and wanting more. Questioning, what if? You are not sidetracked by character building. Salvador stays true to the story and displays very good research and subject knowledge.
I highly recommend this book to any and everyone, particularly lucky fools new to Audible. This book will definitely get you hooked!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Cliche Entertainment

Warning this is book one of a series. Good narration, but the characters are generic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This book is about human tech...

...which is fine and interesting, but by the title I assumed there would be fascinating alien concepts and tech. I think that's the true test for space fiction. Requires a lot of creativity! There's only a tiny bit of that in this story. Maybe in the next book?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

Looking forward for the second audio recording! Great performance by Mark, worth getting for that alone!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I couldn't finish it.

I'm not one to write bad reviews because I'm just such a huge fan of the genre. But this isn't Sci-fi. It's...just bureaucracies trying to out do each other. Overly technical at times and it just doesn't move. Nothing much happens. I wish the author and publisher the best of luck but I can't recommend anyone invest your time or money into this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring

Very light on the science. Other reviewers have also pointed out all of the technical errors in the book.

The sections with the Chinese and Russians were cringeworthy due to the narrator's performance. The author should stick to writing what he knows.

Short novel with multiple storylines? = flat characters.

About 90% of this novel is just political mud slinging. Other 10% is a rip-off of 2001.

Avoid if you're looking for science fiction. Maybe fans of fantasy will like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent sci-fi

Great start to a new series. Believable characters and situations. Highly recommend this audiobook. Narrator is perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-15-17

Good science and plot, but characters are 2D

If you could sum up Lunar Discovery in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable realistic Sci-fi

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lunar Discovery?

Just before the Rabbit (If I explain further then it's a spoiler.)

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Good consistent delivery although I am not sure why he ascribes a British accent to one of the NASA ground staff when there is no mention of his origins in the book.

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

No. I like a book I can enjoy, especially while driving.

Any additional comments?

It's clear that the book could have developed the characters better, but that might have taken away from the tempo of the narrative. There is good science here but nicknaming the main character 'Rock' was not a good way to elevate him in any way and the Chinese characters were badly neglected in the second half. For future books it would be good to revisit some of these to maintain the human aspect of the story to match the science moving forward.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 10-21-16

really enjoyed this

well written, nice story, pro-yanky! but why not! fun, exciting and a decent amount of adventure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-18-18

Enjoyable but derivative story

Story borrows plot points from better sci-fi. Enjoyed but not a classic. Dodgy English accent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-17

Amazing!

The narrator was amazing and the storyline was so realistic I can't wait to see what happened next.

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  • slow fan
  • 12-10-17

Good start

I liked this book and am going to now to listen to book two narrated well and flows nicely

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  • Gavin
  • 12-07-17

Enjoyable story

Loved it - pulled me in right from the start.

But why oh why must every chapter open with "in the near future" 😂

Highly recommended though

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  • anthony mann
  • 12-04-17

Just wonderful story telling. SF at its best.

loved it. looking forward to listening to the second book.. highly recommended. you will love it too.

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  • Stephen
  • 11-22-17

Initail Thoughts

Ok Good story at the outset. What Gets my GOAT is the constant Refernce at the start of nearly every major Sequence to the "IN THE NEAR FUTURE DAY XX" This is a totally useless statement as everyone knows at the start of the book it is in the NEAR FUTURE. So why repeat it every 10 mins or so. In a multi part Novel. You just need to state the time frame at the start of each Part. Having Just completed the Dark Fleet Trilogy (all three) which is far more technical in its content it was a better LISTEN.

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  • James Wing
  • 10-19-17

Enjoyable sci fi

Falls into a lot of the same cliches as other work but nothing unforgivable. Unless maybe you’re a fan of the Chinese communist party who don’t come off great but hey, who is? Realistic in terms of the science and technology which is this books strongest point, perhaps less so with the political side but not enough to spoil anything. Enjoyed this book and will be listening to more of the series if this is anything to go by. If you enjoyed the Martian for all the geeky technical details, problem solving and the ongoing race to do the impossible against the clock then this is for you.

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  • Arabella
  • 10-18-17

Brilliant

Simple really - a very very good listen. Great entertainment and worth every penny. Highly recommended