by Jack McDevitt
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Moonfall by Jack McDevitt

It's the 21st century, and all is right with the world. Or so it seems.

Vice President Charlie Haskell, who will travel anywhere for a photo op, is about to cut the ribbon for the just-completed American Moonbase. The first Mars voyage is about to leave high orbit, with a woman at the helm. Below, the world is marveling at a rare solar eclipse.

But all that is right is about to go disastrously wrong when an amateur astronomer discovers a new comet. Named for its discover, Tomikois a "sun-grazer,"an interstellar wanderer with a hundred times the mass and ten times the speed of other comets. And it is headed straight for our moon.

In less than five days, if scientists' predictions are right, Tomiko will crash into the moon, shattering it into a cloud of superheated gas, dust, and huge chunks of rock that will rain down on the earth, causing chaos and killer storms, possibly tidal waves inundating entire cities...or worse: a single apocalyptic worldwide "extinction event."

In the meantime, the population of Moonbase must be evacuated by a hastily assembled fleet of shuttle rockets. There isn't room, or time enough, for everyone. And the vice president, who rashly promised to be last off ("I will lock the door and turn off the lights"), is trying to figure out how to get away without eating his words.

In Moonfall,McDevitt has created a disaster thriller of truly epic proportions, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters: the reluctant Russian rocket jockey entrusted with the lives of squabbling refugees; the woman chosen to be first on the moon; the scientist who must deflect the "possum" (POSSible IMpactors) knocked from orbit or witness the end science itself. And at the center of it all is Charlie Haskell, the career politician who discovers his own unexpected reserves of only himself and his country, but for all humankind.

Moonfall,is a spellbinding tale of heroism and hope, cowardice and passion played against the awesome spectacle of human history's darkest night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061051128
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/1998
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 396,358
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jack McDevitt is the author of A Talent for War, The Engines of God, Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, Moonfall, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.

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Moonfall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
St_e_ve More than 1 year ago
Jack McDevitt creates such great yarns, and this one is another wonderful page-turner. Unfortunately, the ebook leaves a lot to be desired... like other Harper Collins books, it was scanned and OCR'd into an ebook, but obviously not proofed beyond the first quarter of the book, at best. As a result, it explodes in missing and misspelled words, and odd gaps in words and lines, managing to throw off the pace of the narrative to an extent you'll be sorry you opened it. Five stars to McDevitt, minus four stars for Harper Collins' atrocious editing, leaves a one-star experience for the reader. Somebody straighten out these lazy-@$$ publishers!
joesmith More than 1 year ago
This is more of a review of the eBook product. I cannot believe I am paying for basically an OCR scanned product. There are numerous spelling errors, particularly towards the end of the book. It is as if someone decided to give up proofreading the material three quarters of the way through. Whomever is at fault needs to address the quality of the product.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it contains a very original plot and unique setting(s), the novel had a few shortcomings. There are too many characters to be concerned about, and the ones focused on are not well-rounded. It's hard to like or hate any character in this book. Too much happens in short amounts of time to really follow what is happening. If it had been shorter and more to the point, it would have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book and once again, a fascinating subject. I am a big fan of McDevitt and this is one of his best. Very well balanced, exciting, numerous twists and turns -- a real science fiction novel. The characters were very believable and developed in various ways throughout the entire adventure. It was sometimes confusing, however, to keep track of all the characters that he brought into the story, but this did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fast-moving well written story. All too close to a possible future.
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SueMLee More than 1 year ago
Moonbase has just been officially opened by Vice President Charlie Haskell and it's going to be closed down by a comet heading right for the moon. Charlie promises that he will turn the lights off and be the last person to leave. There isn't time to get everyone off and Charlie refuses to take advantage of his position to jump the line. This book is almost like a 1970s disaster movie, full of little vignettes of characters who may or may not prove crucial to saving the worl.d
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mcdevitt's Moonfall is every bit as exciting as any of the best movie and book "big rock falls to Earth" things I've seen....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book entertaining from beginning to end. High amounts of tense, nailbiting scenes. Good characters. Good descriptions of what was happening - the flooding, the tidal waves, the earthquakes, landslides.
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biomed More than 1 year ago
My rating is for the writing not the Harper Collins eBook misspellings and run together words. A good read if you enjoy Jack McDevitt. I guess I have read enough Harper Collins eBooks to decode the errors. One of the characters names was spelled at least three different ways on one page!!! Come on. Still, no bad reflections on the author. Harper Collins deserves a negative rating on this one.
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