Gunpowder Moon

Gunpowder Moon

by David Pedreira

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ISBN-13: 9780062676085
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 155,198
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

A former reporter for newspapers including the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times, David Pedreira has won awards for his writing from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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Gunpowder Moon 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sch91086 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This is a murder mystery set on the moon. Moon related fiction seems to be a popular trend right now but I’m not complaining. The writing in this book was excellent. The author does a good job of expressing the cold desolate landscape. He described various ridges, the way the moon dust levitates in the air as night turns to day, and let’s not forget the smell. Moon dust smells like cordite/gunpowder. Hence the name, Gunpowder Moon, and the title and the description really stuck with me through the novel. I also enjoyed the characters. They were mostly men, but I guess in a world where no women have actually set foot on the moon yet (ahem) I shouldn’t be all that surprised. The one woman, Lane, had a pretty major role and wasn’t cast in a stereotypical way. She was strong and fearless and makes smart decisions. I enjoyed her character arc as well as the arc of the main character, Dechert. My only complaint with Dechert was that I never really got a sense of how old he was. I kept thinking of him as an old man because he was a grizzled war veteran, but upon reflection I get the feeling he was supposed to be about middle aged. He felt very human to me. Flawed and sort of tragic. There was plenty of science to go around. They are mining for HE-3 deposits. There’s talk of magnetic fields and g forces and .6 gravity etc. I did find this slowed the pace occasionally because the science was above my head. (Also- I read another review on Amazon that said the science was not entirely accurate, I can’t comment on this because I wouldn’t know enough to tell you either way.) On to the story itself, there were things I liked and things I didn’t. To start with, I didn’t feel like this was set far enough in the future to suspend my disbelief that apocalypse level climate change happened everywhere, leading nations became the new third world nations, wars broke out, and then lunar He-3 deposits are discovered as the answer to all the world’s problems. The other result of this mini apocalypse- is apparently that everyone is suddenly very theistic (and America is of course very Christian, and top brass doesn’t really like when the people working for them aren’t). I’m not sure where this falls on the plausibility scale. I live under a rock and I know religion isn’t going away anytime soon, but to have America just become a bunch of religious zealots didn’t sit quite right with me either. (Isn’t it equally plausible that they all became atheists in the name of science?) These are small parts and only detracted from the story as minor annoyances. I liked the conspiracy theory level mystery. Layers being uncovered one after another. Evidence trickling in from various sources. The need for secure channels and evacuation plans. I love a good conspiracy theory- so I never mind a trip down the rabbit hole. Where it lost me again, was the way the mystery was solved. It was too immediate. Too convenient. I’m not a fan of the epiphany as a solution. The action scenes were a blast and the author wrote them very well. It was very reminiscent of Star Wars. Shuttles flying blind through canyons and craters, skimming the dusty lunar surface. Navigation via a basic green and black grid. These scenes were show stealers. To sum it up: excellent writing, fantastic setting, lots of science and human characters made for a good overall story. I’d recommend this to readers of hard sci-fi or anyone in the mood for a good lunar tale..
Anonymous 6 days ago
Well written but a little boring.