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Missing Man Hardcover – Sep 1998


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge (Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312866208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312866204
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,676,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"NASA is rarely used as a background for thrillers; here the detailed description of training, equipment, and maneuvers, plus the invocation of the ecstasy of sailing far above planet Earth, gives an invigorating twist to the suspenseful plot....A winner for lovers of aerospace, action, or suspense fiction". Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Cassutt is noted for his writing about the space program -- not only articles in magazines such as "Space World," but a massive biographical encyclopedia, Who's Who in Space. Cassutt is the author of two previous mystery thrillers set within the space program, "Missing Man" and "Red Moon." He lives in Los Angeles, CA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
Keith Cowing, Editor, NASA Watch: When I first saw the cover of this book and read "A stunning thriller of murder and betrayal at NASA", I thought, "yikes, not ANOTHER "NASA insider" mystery novel. Luckily, that thought passed rather swiftly. This book had something going for it right off the bat: its author, Michael Cassutt, is the coauthor of the best seller Deke!", the author of the authoritative "Who's Who in Space: The International Space Station", and a well-known television producer and writer ("Seven Days" and the eerily prescient "Max Headroom" among others). Cassutt has certainly been sufficiently exposed to NASA such that he had the opportunity to see how it did/didn't work. Given Cassutt's resume, I thought I'd give it a read. I am certainly glad I did. Having worked at NASA I usually cringe at the way writers try and put forth an aura of NASA authenticity and, in so doing, invariably get an acronym woefully wrong, portray spaceflight so as to be in violation of the laws of physics, or develop their characters along absurd caricatures. Cassutt walks into the story armed with a crisp plot, real characters, and solid technical background. I never flinched once as he laid his tale out before me. From a technical standpoint, the author clearly knows the systems, the hardware, the acronyms and how NASA's team actually uses them. He also portrays NASA internal and external politics dead on. While the prominent characters are all fictitious, you can clearly see personality traits and reactions to events exhibited by the folks who actually run JSC and the Astronaut Corps. Cassutt stages his story against a fictitious backdrop of the Shuttle-Mir program during 1998-1999.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dont pick up this book if you have anything planned. I found myself ripping through this techno thriller, devouring each page as the story drew me in. Each main character is well fleshed out, and the pacing is perfect. Admittedly I found myself looking at this from a SF movie goers point of view, and this is destined to be an excellent romp on film. As in all good thriller/mysteries, there is enough (just barely) info about the story that the reader will make an effort to figure out the ending as it unfolds, but true to other great authors, Michael Cassutt knows how to twist the end around just enough to keep us reading and learning about the story as we go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 1999
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This is the best thriller about NASA I've ever read. You'll learn more about how astronauts think, work & feel than in a dozen documentaries.
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