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Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 Jul 2011
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"The story that follows is everything you'd expect from Mezrich. Written almost entirely from Roberts' point of view, it delivers clever people doing clever things, betrayals and ingenious schemes and the sort of narrative arc that urges you to consume it all in one sitting...it is grippingly written..." (The Times)
"An intriguing tale" (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ocean's Eleven meets A Beautiful Mind...Sex on The Moon is the amazing true story of the 25-year-old genius who pulled off one of the most unique and significant heists in US history --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I'm not going to get drawn into the ethics of highlighting criminal activity, but I will say that this book glorifies the crime he committed, this is amplified by the constant "Thad was a really really smart guy" which is on almost every page, which becomes annoying quickly.
What I did like was the insight the book gave into the inner workings of NASA but if that is what you are after I cannot recommend Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth enough which gives you incredible insight into the men who shaped our perception of space without the fictional dialogue you get with this authors work.
That said, I could not put this book down until it was finished - it compellingly tells the story of a fascinating character, Thad Roberts, set in one of the most exciting organizations in the world: Nasa. This book took me on an exhilarating journey which was also emotionally engaging. Loved it.
The problem with the authors latest effort which is as well written and researched as anything that came before it is the focus of the story, Thad Roberts. He set himself the impossible task of becoming an astronaut, not easy considering his troubled home life and lack of relevant experience. Despite considerable obstacles he managed to turn himself into the perfect candidate for the NASA co-op programme and soon became an invaluable member, respected by fellow co-op's and staff alike.
A chance visit to one of the most secure locations at the JPL slowly developed into a scheme that he hoped would see him set for life, and this is where my enjoyment of the narrative began to wane. Here is an individual who has been given a golden opportunity to work and learn at one of the most august organisations in the world sabotaging his only way of achieving his life long dream for the chance to make a fast buck.
Call it naivety or bravado but in my opinion plain stupidity was the main driving force behind a plan so audacious that success was about as likely as becoming an astronaut. How could someone with his obvious intelligence believe for one second that he would succeed and even if he did manage to profit from his crime the take, although substantial, wouldn't have funded a millionaire lifestyle. In fact I would imagine that a long and successful career at NASA whether it be as an astronaut or as a mission specialist would certainly have been more rewarding both professionally and financially than any get rich quick scheme could ever have been.
In conclusion the book tells a highly entertaining story, set in a world few people will have the chance to experience, of a person who chose to follow his dream but ultimately fell short of his potential. A misguided plan to steal arguably the most important scientific samples ever amassed suggests he never felt deserving of his place at NASA but wanted to go out with a Big Bang.
As an example, Axel Emmerman is a Belgian involved in the storyline. And Mezrich paints him with the most over the top stereotyping possible. Like he knew the character was Belgian so he googled "traditional belgian food" to find what he was eating and and of course highlights that he was drinking a pilsner and of course spends his spare time playing popinjay (an obscure sport played in Belgium).
Similarly it is annoying how everybody fawns all over The protagonist throughout the book and keeps emphasising how good looking, intelligent, athletic and good at everything he is. It is like the worst form of Mary Sue.
Finally, Mezrich continually keeps emphasising how financially valuable moon rocks are. Like this is the main discussion point for everybody whenever moon rocks come up and uses a distorted valuation methodology to exaggerate the scale of the heist. This gets tiresome very quickly.
I have to say I found this a very well written book, which was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read, made all the better by set being the scenes at NASA.
It is a compelling story, which I found hard to put down from the start.
This is not a book to be taken too seriously, it is what it is, a very well written light, easy reading novel.
It would be a perfect holiday read.
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