The Apollo Murders

Category: Book
By (author): Hadfield, Chris
Subject:  FICTION / Action & Adventure
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
Awards: Locus Awards (2022) Short-listed
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Published: November 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in x 0.96in
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"Exciting." -Andy Weir, author of The Martian
"Nail-biting." -James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic
"Not to be missed." -Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal

An exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race, by astronaut and bestselling author Chris Hadfield.

1973. A final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help.
As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to the breaking point back on Earth. Houston flight controller Kazimieras "Kaz" Zemeckis must do all he can to keep the NASA crew together, while staying one step ahead of his Soviet rivals. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.
Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of Space and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.

Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.

"[A] brilliantly realized fictional scenario that's as tense as the Cuban Missile Crisis. . . . [Hadfield] proves himself to be a talented writer and readers are kept guessing as his plot spins and twists like a comet in full flow. It's a genuinely exciting trip." -Business Post (Ireland) 

"Ambitious . . . clever . . . [and] gutsy. . . . Rich in the kind of scientific and technical details that made Andy Weir's The Martian (2014) and Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora (2015) such treats, the book also features very well drawn characters, natural-sounding dialogue, and a story that leads the reader to expect a spectacular conclusion (and delivers it). Perfect for fans of science fiction/mystery combos." -Booklist

"[A] spectacular alternate history thriller. . . . [Hadfield's] mastery of the details enables him to generate high levels of tension . . . An intelligent and surprising nail-biter that Tom Clancy fans will relish." -Publishers Weekly

"This is such a terrifically confident, well-written thriller that to find it is the author's debut is unexpected; and, as a bonus, it's classier than most other Cold War novels because Hadfield (who spent time in Russia) gives us fully realised Soviet characters." -The Sunday Times

"There's maybe one person on Earth with the writing chops and the expertise to write a to-the-Moon thriller this exciting, this authentic. Chris Hadfield is that guy." -Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Find You First
"A nail-biting Cold War thriller set against a desperate Apollo mission that never really happened … or did it? It's a very rare book that combines so many things I love, from taut suspense and highly realistic action, to the golden age of space exploration. I couldn't put it down." -James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic

"Not to be missed. Even in fiction there is authenticity. It is either there... or it is not. With Chris Hadfield it is, because everything he describes he has really seen." -Frederick Forsyth, New York Times bestselling author of The Day of the Jackal and The Fox
"An explosive thriller from a writer who has actually been to Space and back… Strap in for the ride." -Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X novels

"Chris Hadfield's twisty thriller blasts off and turns the Cold War hot, as superpower conflict erupts in the cramped confines of the Apollo module. America's final moon mission confronts even greater challenges: an armed Soviet orbiter, an aggressive moon rover and a cosmonaut determined to draw a line in the regolith. Old-school tech is the background for machine guns in space and knife fights on the moon-and it's all entirely plausible, written by someone who could have been there." -Mike Cooper, author of The Downside

"Col. Hadfield's bona fides are unimpeachable-but it's his inventive action sequences and keen eye for illuminating details that propel The Apollo Murders ever skyward. Brace yourself, because with Hadfield at the stick, you're in for a stellar thrill ride that'll leave you breathless." -Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind

"The Apollo Murders is as dizzying and exhilarating as a journey into orbit. You can tell from the care and attention to every layer of detail that it's written by the kind of highly trained, methodical, process-oriented individual almost genetically predisposed to become first a military test pilot and then an ice-for-blood spacefarer. Yet it's in the parts that could have been written from life where the book is at its most supple, driven and gripping. The Saturn V launch sequence is a remarkable piece of writing, as rich in atmosphere and detail as the account of the Apollo 11 launch in Michael Collins' memoir Carrying The Fire." -The Quietus (U.K.) 

"Former astronaut Chris Hadfield gives us a relentlessly exciting, deeply intriguing insider's look at the prime years of the Apollo space program, ingeniously weaving together three of the coldest, darkest things in existence-Cold War politics, space and murder. Hadfield also gives us a hero in former test pilot Kaz who is willing to risk both career and life to stop a trail of blood extending from the Earth to the Moon. Nothing short of brilliant!" -Stephen Mack Jones, author of the August Snow thriller series

"Chris Hadfield has deftly combined fact and fiction in a gripping tale of high-stakes treachery. Told against the background of the amazing Apollo space program, this story of Cold War tensions, dark secrets and an ego gone over the edge builds to an explosive and satisfying finale."  -John Verdon, internationally bestselling author of the Dave Gurney series

"Chris Hadfild is going to take you to the Moon and back." -The Maine Edge (U.S.)

"An exciting journey into an alternate past." -Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Project Hail Mary
Biographical NoteCHRIS HADFIELD is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. A veteran of three spaceflights, he crewed the US Space Shuttle twice, piloted the Russian Soyuz, helped build space station Mir, conducted two space walks, and served as Commander of the International Space Station. He was also NASA's Director of Operations in Russia. Chris is the co-creator and host of the BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?, and helped create and host, along with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock. Hadfield's zero-gravity video version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity"-the first music video recorded in space-has been watched over 50 million times, and his TED Talk on fear has been viewed over 10 million times. He advises SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and other space companies, chairs the board of the Open Lunar Foundation, leads the CDL-Space international tech incubator, and teaches a MasterClass on space exploration. His books, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, The Darkest Dark, and his debut thriller, The Apollo Murders, have been international bestsellers, topping the charts for months in Canada.