Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

by Ben Mezrich
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Sex on the Moon 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
nacbookworm More than 1 year ago
Strongest narrative. Coolest story. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Non-fiction, True Crime, or have an interest in NASA (they delve in deep!). And to anyone who doesn't like Mezrich's "recreating dialogue" style- let me tell you that this will be his least-challenged book by far as Mezrich had complete cooperation from the main subjects of the book. (It also helps that NASA and the FBI made the details of the heist public) Great book, people! Give it a shot!
MarkL74 More than 1 year ago
Mezrich does a great job telling this story. Quick, enjoyable read and highly recommended. I'm a little perplexed why he changed the names of Roberts' accomplices when they were all disclosed in public records.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This is a true story compiled from several interviews, documents, court records and other sources. Some names have been changed for confidentially reasons. Thad Roberts is so intelligent and smart. He has been kicked out of the Mormon Mission Training Program for being honest about a premarital relationship and is then shunned by his parents. As he contemplates his future he decides he wants to be an astronaut and takes on 3 different majors in science at college and starts applying to the NASA co-op program. He is thrilled when he is accepted. On his second tour in the co-op program Thad decides that he wants to give his girlfriend the moon. literally. He has learned all the ins and outs of the different labs and offices on the base and decides that he can pull off the "most audacious heist in history". He is going to steal actual moon rocks from NASA. My Thoughts Reading this book I thought this can't actually be true. How could a man so intelligent actually think he could pull this off? The story is very compelling and there is no way to avoid a spoiler here because he does really try to pull this off. You have to read this story to actually believe what he goes though and see his thought processes. The way this man believes he is doing no more than a college prank is amazing and it kept me turning the pages. I also couldn't believe that he tried to sell them over the internet and for a very small price considering what they were and their true value. Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History includes actual letters written by Thad Roberts throughout the book. This is a story of his journey kept as true as possible with a few things changed by the author for security reasons. It is a very interesting read. It is not a thriller by any means but a story about the way love and greed can even make a genius do really stupid things. If you are a history buff or interested in NASA at all this is a must read. Mystery fans will like it just from the pure plot standpoint as Roberts pulls his plan together. The title to me though is completely wrong, it may be a trick by the author or publisher to get the book off the shelves into readers hands. There is the moon in this story but very little sex. The Moon Rock Heist would be a much better title. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Doubleday. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
RichSiegel More than 1 year ago
If you are into NASA or science in general, you much read this book. Mezrich does a phenomenal job in telling this story. I found it to be an extremely quick read as I couldn't put my Nook down when I was reading it! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into science, NASA, mystery, or anything. A great story that anyone can get into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does Ben Mezrich really believe the self-serving version of Thad Roberts that he portrays in this book or does he think that he and Roberts will make more money from the movie with it written in such a romantic way? This book was obviously written to be turned into a movie in which a thief is a hero. When this sort of movie is fiction it can be fun. This story is not fun since it is based on a real person who is nothing more than a lying thief. Roberts stole irreplaceable scientic journals that have never been recovered and moonrocks that have been tainted and can no longer been used for research. He tries to pretend that is wasn't for money but for love. If this is the case why had he stolen rocks and fossils from his college before landing the internship at NASA and why did he try to sell the rocks? It is a shame that when this waste of paper is turned into a movie this loser will be made into a folk hero. Skip the book; skip the movie. Don't risk Roberts making money off his despicable behavior. A previous reviewer said this was Mezrich's best book yet. I shudder to think how poorly written his other books are. He should stick to screenwriting.
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dvorders More than 1 year ago
While it begins a little slowly, the book becomes a quick read after the first 100 pages.  The story is captivating and the writing style allows the reader to quickly comprehend the facts and enjoy the story.  The story itself is absolutely captivating and one-of-a-kind, so be ready for an enjoyable read that won't take more than a few days on the couch or your favorite chair to complete.
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kcrvhs More than 1 year ago
Thad’s Attempt at Stealing the Moon Mezrich does a great job with this book. He really gives you an in depth and intense feel to the book. The book, 'Sex on the Moon' is about the main character Thad who meets a girl named Rebecca while working at his internship with NASA. While here they begin to talk and Thad finds out that there is 21 million dollars worth of moon rocks in the safe. He tell Rebecca his plan to steal the rocks and she is all for it. So on a rainy weekend they begin their plot, they drove into the NASA facility and basically put the safe in the back of his jeep and just drove off with it. As with every crime story there is a down fall. Thad tries to sell the rocks on the black market but the feds soon caught up with him and tricked him to falling right into their trap causing him his girlfriend Rebecca and two other accomplices to be promptly arrested. There were plenty of things that I enjoyed about this book. I absolutely loved the amount of description he added into the book but after awhile the amount of extra writing he used in descriptions did get very old. But other than that it was a great book. I enjoyed the idea of stealing a 21 million dollar rock with such ease and nearly getting away with it too. I don’t know something about the idea of setting your entire future up in a matter of hours and never having to worry about money makes me very excited and makes me just want to read more. Overall Mezrich does an amazing job grabbing your attention and holding on to it while moving just fast enough to keep the story flowing. So if you’re ready for an exciting crime story than this book is definitely for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only likable characters in this yawn fest are those who finally bring the main character to justice. 
MikeC_NJ More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story, but not as good as Ben's other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
worthless book, there is no fact behind the writing, it is like a really long winded tabloid magazine article.
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rfortson More than 1 year ago
I guess it could be a good story, but it's sorely lacking in facts and authenticity. Knowing JSC fairly well, it's obvious the author made up scenarios (or believed Thad, a known con-man). Either way, it made for a distracting book. Plus, the fawning over Thad was over the top. I just couldn't finish the book as there were too many fabrications, and too much glorification of a common thief. I couldn't trust anything the book said. Sadly, now I'm wondering how much was fabricated in his Facebook story. Save your time, or at least don't take it seriously.
B-2 More than 1 year ago
Captivating and enjoyable work of non-fiction. The author tell the story of a brilliant and ambitious young man, who, while working for NASA, developed an insane scheme to steal some of priseless Moon samples and to sell them through the internet - and what come out of it. In addition to the thrilling, easy-to-read and consuming story, the added advantage of the book is the insights in the worlds as different as NASA scientific community and Florida county jails. Author's ( forgivable ) weakness is maybe being too sympathetic to his hero, who is painted more as a romantic dreamer than (to me) as self-centered cleptomaniac. Oh, and - I know, the name of the book is somewhat lame - but yes, it does technically take place there, too. I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). This one is a strong RLR.
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andrewRV More than 1 year ago
SEX ON THE MOON by Ben Mezrick has a very eye catching name and even a flashier story, that almost seems like it was made for a movie. The story centers around a man by the name of Thad Roberts, growing up Mormon, Thad decides to leave his faith and marry a woman young, being disowned by his parents. He then goes on to enter a NASA internship program. While working in this program he meets a beautiful intern, Rebecca that he soon falls for. He soon uncovers that deep within the Johnson space center there is a safe that contains nearly 21 million dollars worth of moon rocks. He tells Rebecca of his plan and they both begin on how they’re going to pull it off. In the middle of the night they just walk into the Johnson Space center with two other people and carry the 600 pound safe right out. Eventually Thad decides to sell the rocks and using the alias Orb Robinson puts them for sale on a rock collector’s website. The FBI soon catches up to him and lures him in with the false promise of buying his moon rocks, and when he shows up he is quickly arrested along with Rebecca and the two other accomplices. This book was good but there are many things that I disliked about it, first it seems that Ben Mezrick has to describe stuff in such detail that just describing a hall way could take a whole page, also it felt like this whole book moves way to fast jumping from one thing to another in just a page. With that said there was a lot that I liked, the whole idea of stealing moon rock and actually getting away with it for some time just seems so cool and interesting, plus the fact that he basically got people to carry out the most dangerous parts of his plan makes him the man. If you like long books that could have been a lot shorter, this book is for you. Also if you like a good heist book that almost seems too unreal to be true this book could also be for you. But if you like a book where all the fluff is left out and you just get to the main facts fast, this book is definitely not for you. Over all I give this book a 3, it was too long for my taste and I found it a little too hard to get into
Connor_McCarty_Roll-Tide More than 1 year ago
Thad Roberts is a very intelligent man who loves to be challenged. He was working as a coop at the JSC and was a very up and coming star. He wanted to be an astronaut and it looked as if that as going to happen but he was becoming bored. Rebecca came along one day who was this beautiful new coop and he was instantly in love. He told her about his heist plan and she told him she wanted in on it. They, and one other friend, single handedly pulled off the biggest heist in history. The biggest theme throughout the book was that of keeping your situation moving forward no matter how good or how bad. Thad showed this multiple times: when he got kicked out by his family he got into NASA, when he was bored at NASA he made the biggest heist in history, and when he got out of jail he went back to school. No matter what happened he kept on moving. What I really like about this book is that it is a true story. It shows the hard times, good times, and thoughts behind a master criminal who turned out to be some stupid kid. The book kept me entertained as a reader and I never wanted to put it down, this might not seem that impressive but I am a high school senor who really doesn’t read much out of class. I didn’t like how much of a hero Thad was portrayed to be. He committed the biggest heist in history and should have been made to look worse. It showed him being very nice, very intelligent and much more which isn’t bad for a criminal. What I didn’t like about how they portrayed him was that the author seemed as if he was helping Thad justify the crime. It was horrible and should have made it seem that way in the book. I would recommend reading this book. It is interesting learning about one of the biggest heists in history and the book is well written. Some other books I would recommend are Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, and 21: Bringing Down the House.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about trading copper for gold...after reading this story my life as a firefighter seems kind of boring.
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dwntwnkbrwn More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this book. It was a very easy read and captured my attention the whole way through.