Blood of the Moon: A Thrillerby Richard Gazala
David Rivers is a second-generation oilman. From Houston he runs the multinational oil company built by his father, former Apollo astronaut Michael Rivers, one of the last men alive to walk on the moon. Michael now spends his days confined to an assisted-living facility, his mind succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Somewhere in Michael’s… See more details below
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David Rivers is a second-generation oilman. From Houston he runs the multinational oil company built by his father, former Apollo astronaut Michael Rivers, one of the last men alive to walk on the moon. Michael now spends his days confined to an assisted-living facility, his mind succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Somewhere in Michael’s crumbling memory is a devastating secret he has revealed to no one in over forty years, not even to his sole surviving child. The secret is the location of a small capsule Michael brought back from the moon in 1972 containing proof that conventional wisdom is a deliberate lie.
With the cryptic aid of an anonymous benefactor deep within the ancient and powerful secret society of the Hostmen of Newcastle, David races to unravel the mysteries shrouding his father’s legacy while wars, terrorism, and riots over dwindling oil reserves enflame the planet, and a corrupted American presidential election teeters in the balance. David finds himself confronting the same crisis of conscience his father faced decades before. Should he risk his life and company to expose the Hostmen’s lies? Or will he bury what he uncovers and let the world burn?
Blood of the Moon won Honorable Mention in its category (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller) at the Los Angeles DIY Book Festival, and won third place in the Santa Fe Trail Creative Arts Guild Book Competition in the same category. Blood of the Moon has also been named a Finalist the Next Generation Indie Awards for 2010.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. In addition to a wholly original plot, the writing was impeccable and the characters were unique. This is not your run of the mill "Pretty Woman/Military Rogue save the planet" type thriller that you can skim. The book grabs you from page one and makes you not only want to finish it, but to think about some of the very real questions that the novel brings to light. I highly recommend it.
Richard Gazala has outdone himself with this first novel. He takes you all over the world (literally) and introduces you to characters you recognize and characters you hope you never meet. His fast paced style and intelligent writing make you want keep reading. He is a master of description. I was so engaged by the story that I could not put it down. I hope this is just the first of many novels to come. Meridith Stanley (Midland, TX)
This is an riviting thriller driven by compelling characters, global issues, political intrigue and cool science. It takes place in a not too distant and all to easy to imagine future. Each chapter is a piece in a puzzle that interconncets Oil Tycoons, astronauts, eco-terrorists and Washington elite. It's a really fun, can't-put-it-down read.
The author's masterful blending of well-researched details and believable fictions blurred the lines between reality and fiction, drawing me in for a wild ride with plenty of twists, turns, and surprises that left me saying, "I should of seen that coming". An engaging and entertaining read, I can't wait for the followup! Gregory A. Buck USN Retired
This is his first novel and I was surpised to find that I couldn't put it down. It has an original plot with just enough surprises to keep you guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Hope there is another in store.
Blood Of The Moon by Richard Gazala draws us into the very near - and very dark - future, where the wholesale price of gasoline hovers around $13 a gallon, inspiring both international terrorists and avaricious home-grown politicians to ingenious, bloody new extremes. With a confidence and deftness that is impressive in a first-time novelist, Gazala introduces us to his cast of characters, many of whom are believable - simply because we know (or know of) people so very like them. Especially refreshing is protagonist David Rivers, who - unlike Jason Bourne or Dirk Pitt - doesn't have super-human powers, and doesn't save the day by suddenly developing a skill set beyond those we know he possesses. (There is, however, one very intriguing, dangerous, and sexy femme fatale with the instincts of a black widow spider. But then - we all know at least one of those.) Author Gazala also possesses that most important gift of any thriller writer: perfect timing. His plot, which concerns the possibility of discovering, then exploiting as-yet unsuspected mineral deposits on the moon, might have seemed far-fetched, prior to our nation's recent bombing of the lunar surface (to see if water exists there.) Now he seems eerily prescient, making what would have been a very good read suddenly turn into a timely - and even possible - page turner.