Sea of Crises

Sea of Crises

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by Marty Steere
     
 

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"That shouldn't be here."

Those are the last words uttered by Commander Bob Cartwright in September 1976, just before all communication with the crew of Apollo 18 is inexplicably lost during the astronauts' first moonwalk. Frantic attempts to re-establish communications with the astronauts are unsuccessful. Three days later, however, as NASA is scrambling to put

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"That shouldn't be here."

Those are the last words uttered by Commander Bob Cartwright in September 1976, just before all communication with the crew of Apollo 18 is inexplicably lost during the astronauts' first moonwalk. Frantic attempts to re-establish communications with the astronauts are unsuccessful. Three days later, however, as NASA is scrambling to put together a rescue mission, astronomers detect a burn of the service propulsion system, and, on schedule, but still in eerie silence, the command module begins its return transit, culminating in the welcome sight of the capsule descending majestically beneath a trio of parachutes into the South Pacific.

But when the hatch is opened, the navy divers tasked with assisting the astronauts into the recovery helicopter make a gruesome discovery. The bodies of the three men inside have been burned beyond recognition, victims of a failed heat shield. And with them has died any chance of learning the meaning of Cartwright's enigmatic last statement or what transpired during those three blacked out days in the Mare Crisium, or Sea of Crises.

Unfortunately, unless and until man returns to the moon, it's a mystery that will remain forever unsolved.

Or will it?

Thirty-six years later, Cartwright's sons make a shocking discovery: The capsule that came down in the Pacific Ocean with three charred remains was not their father's capsule. And the body they buried all those years before was not their father.

What they've uncovered puts the three brothers on the run, chased by a ruthless group who will stop at nothing to preserve the secret behind the fate of the Apollo 18 astronauts. The brothers will need to set aside past differences and pool their talents if they are to stay alive and unravel the mystery behind what really happened in the Sea of Crises.

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Kirkus Reviews
Debut author Steere shows off his air-and-space mastery in this swashbuckling tale of Apollo 18, the moon landing that never was. In Steere's version of 1976, astronauts Bob Cartwright, Mason Gale and Steve Dayton head toward the moon to explore the lunar feature known as Mare Crisium, but the landing team of Cartwright and Gale discovers something out of place. Water? Aliens? A black monolith? The world never finds out, since the crew isn't heard from or seen again until their capsule, a charred wreck containing three crisp corpses, plunges into the Pacific. Thirty years later, Nate, Peter and Matt--the sons of mission commander Cartwright--find themselves tangled in the investigation of what really happened. Peter, a journalist, starts it all by ferreting out NASA documents and questioning Gale's surviving relatives in Minnesota. Now he's being followed. Oldest brother Nate, a crack legal consultant, comes to the rescue in LA by using his organizational skills to execute evasive maneuvers against bad guys who send impolite warnings in the form of animal carcasses. The two escape to Idaho in search of Matt, Peter's twin, who was once attached to an off-the-grid military-intelligence unit known as the Organization. Things get devilishly complicated, conspiratorial and dangerous as the brothers are pushed toward the Atlantic coast amid a series of revelations in the form of flashbacks to the lunar sea. Steere's high-octane suspense tale takes off with all the intrigue and honor of the best Space-Age Westerns and political thrillers. Good guys, bad guys, damsels in distress, secret tunnels, sexy aircraft, heavy ordnance and gadgets galore are set handsomely by Steere's deft renderings. A bit of melodrama and some boilerplate dialogue don't derail this solidly built module whose commanding verisimilitude will enthrall space and tech enthusiasts as well as anyone ready for adventure. A stellar thriller that handily juggles its formulaic elements to achieve near-perfect liftoff.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review) - Kirkus Reviews
"A stellar thriller... Steere's high-octane suspense tale takes off with all the intrigue and honor of the best space-age Westerns and political thrillers."
bookideas.com - Celina Cuadro
"Marty Steere's Sea of Crises drew me in, held me at the edge, and gave my hand a comforting squeeze when I couldn't stand to see what happened next. This is a thriller with heart that will leave its readers satisfied they followed the Cartwright boys into a dangerous adventure."
Bestsellersworld.com - Douglas Cobb
"[P]ulse-pounding... If you like edge-of-your-seat thrillers, I highly recommend you check out Marty Steere's novel Sea of Crises!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985401405
Publisher:
Penfield Publications
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
641,362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

The son of a career air force officer, Marty Steere grew up on or near military installations across the country and overseas before settling in Southern California, where, when he's not writing, he practices law.

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Sea of Crises 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
AlwaysReadingDC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Enough mystery, action and conspiracy to keep me turning the pages. This book would make an excellent movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard do stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few books that I have given a great rating. I bought the book because of it's premise and it was better than I ever thought it would be. I'm not sure how many books this author has written, but if he has more out there and they are as good as this one, I will read them. As I finished the book I realized that I could picture this as a great movie. A GREAT READ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be very enjoyable. I went through it in one day. Don't read most of the reviews. They give too much of the book away.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Not a been there done that story. Hard to believe this is a first book for the author! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the plot, characters and constant twists and turns kept the book moving at a brisk pace.
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Kept me interested till the end. I recommend it highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed
elphie1 More than 1 year ago
Wow ! Flat out fantastic book ! I was unable to put it down once I began reading......Endearing good guys and supporting characters, bad guys in high places, thrilling plot involving a mysterious 36- year- old space "accident", and more action than should be legal ! Interesting information in general about the space program. And, a very satisfying conclusion ! I would give more than 5 stars if possible.....I agree with an earlier review - what a great movie this would make !! Hint, hint .....
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I read this book in one day! Couldn't put it down.
MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
What a great book!  I hope it gets made into a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Will be looking for other books by this author.
pmc130 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, will read other books by this author.
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Had me hooked right away and kept my interest right to the end. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
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Full of suspense. Fast paced with great characters.
Siobhan7 More than 1 year ago
This is a real page turner. Excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, read it in two days - couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't say much without giving it away, but this had me hooked after the first couple of pages. Full of surprises! Highly recommend it.
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SandraHeptinstall More than 1 year ago
It was once said, "In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you get through, but how many can get through you." This book blew me away. I have never read anything close to this that had me guessing as much as this book did. Commander Bob Cartwright was an astronaut and had been on a space mission. As the capsule was returning to earth the heat shield had failed and the three bodies inside were burnt beyond recognition. Years later one of Cartwright son's discovered information and called his two brothers to meet him. He found evidence that it might not be their father who was in the capsule. But if that was true, then what had happened to their dad? I really liked this book and the development of each character. The author really spent a lot of time in taking totaly different personalities and making them work as one unit. Excellent Read and worth five stars. Posted by Whispering Winds Book Reviews at 9:39 AM No comments: Rated G