Ryan Richmond has dreamed about going to space since the age of seven. Reading space updates—and seeing pictures of Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface in National Geographic—was the ignition of this dream.
At nineteen he sold his first company and employed the remnants of the Russian Space Program, three of the best space brains in the world.
In his twenties he founded and sold two more companies and hired the most outstanding scientists and engineers from the European Space Authority.
During his thirties, after selling his third company, he invested heavily in Internet start-ups, like Google, netting billions.
Then he patiently waited until NASA’s shuttle program came to an end and contracted the best brains in the U.S. Space program.
Now, Ryan Richmond is in his forties, and still wants to go to space.
The only problem is that the newly elected Administration and members of Congress don’t have a current space program, and they want his!
About the Author
T I Wade was born in Bromley, Kent, England in 1954. His father, a banker was promoted with his International Bank to Africa and the young family moved to Africa in 1956. The author grew up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Once he had completed his mandatory military commitments, at 23 he left Africa to mature in Europe. He enjoyed Europe and lived in three countries; England, Germany and Portugal for 15 years. The author learned their way of life, and language before returning to Africa; Cape Town in 1989. Here the author owned and ran a restaurant, a coffee manufacturing and retail business, flew a Cessna 210 around desolate southern Africa and achieved marriage in 1992. Due to the upheavals of the political turmoil in South Africa, the Wade family of three moved to the United States in 1996. Park City, Utah was where his writing career began in 1997. To date T I Wade has written eighteen novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a big fan of this author. His stories feature great character back stories and a LOT of technical detail which is a hallmark of many of my favorite authors. In this, the second book of the America One series, Ryan Richmond's company gets his ship into space and starts mining an asteroid. The book is very timely on two fronts. NASA has made news recently with their discussion about pulling an asteroid into orbit around the moon just as this book comes out. Government agencies in the book violate civil liberties in this book in ways very similar to our current discussion on gun control and executive powers. If you do not like a book rich in detail you can skip the detailed accounts of space travel to focus on the main story but in my opinion you lose out on a lot of interesting information. If you are looking for a quick weekend read or an action packed adventure that is adrenaline from beginning to end you would be better off looking into novels of that genre because that is not this. There are some very good action scenes though and I particularly enjoyed the main character taking jabs at the rapacious government officials in this book.