by Ben Mezrich
Doubleday (Random House Canada)
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Description: W Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA’s headquarters—past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways—and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts—undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut—really what he seemed?
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
The Good Stuff
- Fascinating true tale that reads like fiction, this most likely will end up becoming a movie
- Intriguing real life characters. and even though you totally wanted to smack Thad upside the head for being such a moron, you can understand from his brutal Mormon upbringing how he turned out the way he did and see some of the motives for the crime
- Find out some fascinating information about NASA
- For the most part the plot is pretty fast paced, some slow parts
- Enjoyed the scenes with Axel, they brought a nice simple light hearted touch to the story
The Not so Good Stuff
- I really don't think Thad's motive was as pure as book hints at, really don't think it was love for the girl that motivated him to do it
- Story jumps around a little too much, especially at the beginning, you really have to pay attention
- Main character is pretty unlikeable and quite frankly a bumbling self absorbed idiot
- A little leery on the "re-created dialogue and spiced up narrative" description, but hey it probably sounded better than the true story which makes is more readable
- Story doesn't live up to its description of "the most audacious heist"
"...hell, everyone was a little bit high on something, everyone had his poison. Like Thad, or Orb, or whatever the hell Gordon was supposed to be calling him. Thad was just as high as he was, even if the kid hadn't touched pot or booze in his life. He was high on that chick, and he was high on the idea of the money they were going to make - hell, he was high on the information Gordon had already given him,"
"... that's when the mystery set in. Like clockwork, a steaming hot towel would appear out of the wall in front of him. Both Thad and his friend had spent hours searching for the sensors that told the computer it was time for the towel-to no avail.
"I think it's something they brought back from space," Thad responded as the streams of water pummeling his body finally softened, indicating the end of the cycle."Definitely alien technology."
Who should/shouldn't read
- Those who enjoyed Mezrich's previous works
- Interesting for those who are fascinated by all things space and NASA related
I received this from Random House in Exchange for an Honest Review