Douglas Hastings' passion for anything NASA drove him to analyze a treasure trove of Moon photos taken during all Apollo missions. Doug had started to believe the conspiracy theories and rumors that had swirled for years; that NASA had discovered more than just rocks on the Moon and had conspired to keep the rest of the world in the dark.
A super computer's enhancement and compilation of the old photos proved his belief and sent him on a quest that has now revealed revolutionary new space travel technology and will enable him to lead a group on a return journey to explore ancient ruins on the lunar surface. But Doug's pursuit of the truth and discovery of a destroyed GLASS city on the Moon pale in comparison to what lies underneath the lunar surface. What he finds will solve the mystery of a long-dead Apollo Astronaut and provide clues to the missing elements of Earth's ancient history. But, even he isn't prepared for the discovery that will reveal the past and change the future of mankind; FOREVER!
©2015 Dan Holt (P)2015 Dan Holt
Towards the top. I liked the descriptions of the science of space travel and the premise of the story is good.
I don't think I can offer an easy comparison. It's quite a fresh story. Science around our NASA science and science as in science fiction mixed with elements of action.
J. Scott Bennett did a really good job with this book. There’s tons of male characters and he kept them all distinct using various regional and international accents. The ladies all sounded good as well. Great job!
You might ask what's on the moon but let's scratch the surface and see what's in it.
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"Very Good, But Could Use Some Changes/Updates"
I was very excited about the story line of this book. As soon as I read the description, I had high hopes. For the most part, I got my wish. It was a good story with believable characters, but it wasn't without its flaws.
The story begins with a researcher discovering a city on the moon by using a super computer to resolve moon images. The ruins, made almost completely of glass, have remained hidden from earth's view. He shares this information with his wife and several trusted friends who are determined to tell the world of the discovery by bringing back the first real alien artifacts. The first half of the book is focused around gathering the people, the new technology, and the money to enable them to travel to the moon and explore the ruins of the thousand mile long city. All the while, a secret government agent is following them to discover how much they know and, if necessary, silence them.
When they do finally get to the moon, what they discover could change everything that humanity has believed for thousands of years about their origins and place in the universe. If that isn't enough, it soon becomes apparent that they are not the first people from earth to make it to the city...
As I said, just the concept of the book was fascinating. I really enjoyed the whole thing, and must have listened to it in almost one day. Having said that, I think there were a few things that could have been better...
First, I found the whole concept of an "invisible city" to be a little hard to believe. The author describes the city as covering the majority of the face of the moon. Even if the city were made of glass, I don't think it would have gone as unnoticed as the author suggests... Second, the technology seemed to be a little out of date to me. I didn't expect them to be building Star Trek type ships and flying to the moon, but the equipment and technology the characters were using left something to be desired. Even the tech that they find on the moon seemed a little dull. Third, I found the whole sub-plot with the secret government agent to be unfulfilled. He essentially disappears once the main characters leave earth, and you never really find out who he was, what he was covering up, or anything about him.
The whole book could also have been a bit longer...
All in all, I thought this was a good listen. It's rare that I listen to any audio books as quickly as this one...
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"Excellent imaginative story"
I am very impressed with the imaginative twist on HGWells' First Men in the Moon. I really enjoyed the Audible spoken version as the reader was very good. Overall it is a fun, positive story.
Most audiobooks are time well spent, and this offering is not exception. It does have some editing, continuity and thematic issues ( how many times do people eat breakfast or lunch in space, etc.) but on balance it's rather entertaining.
It does have some aspects of the YA fiction, but then adult themes come out. It does need enhanced authenticity in terms of research, and can be niave some times, but on balance it has the core of an interesting story.
The initial discovery of the crystal city is interesting and well drawn.
I saw "Interstellar" so I could see this one as well.
I received this book from Audioblast for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I actually had this book in my wish list at Audible before I received it, and found it entertaining.
The performer does a reasonably good job of keeping the characters consistent, and the journey is interesting. The conclusion seems rushed, and the book does suffer from an editing need. All that said, it is a reasonably good offering, and I recommend it with qualifications.
The description on the cover of the book captured my interest. Unfortunately, the description was the most interesting and well written part of the book. I thought the story line was very good and there was a lot of potential, but the book failed to deliver. The characters were two dimensional and uninteresting. The plot was nonexistent. I'm a 4th grade teacher and feel 4th graders could easily read this independently and comprehend it. Maybe even 3rd graders. In addition to grammatical errors, the story lacked those literary devices such as adjectives and words that have more than three syllables, that make writing interesting. I have no desire to read the sequel.
"What did NASA see up there? And why hide it?"
Imagine you've been spending most of your time enhancing photographs from the Apollo missions looking for something out of the ordinary. Now imagine you find something, something so big you almost can't believe it could be covered up. Now imagine you were a former NASA astronaut who lost his family in a horrific car accident and you weren't allowed to go to be an astronaut anymore. Well, these two worlds will collide in Underneath The Moon.
Narration for Underneath the Moon was done by J. Scott Bennett -- at first I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about his narration style. He seemed to have a theater voice, which is fine for some forms of literature, but for a conspiracy laced science fiction book I wasn't so sure it would work. Either he toned it down, or I got used to it because for the rest of the book I didn't seem to have any issues with his narration style. Bennett does a fine job with this book and gives a nice addition to the overall feel of the book
Easily, one of my favorite parts of this was explaining the new technology behind the new engine that they were planning on using. I just loved the science behind it, and the large change that it could/would bring into the transportation industries.
The main characters, while a little "cooky" as most conspiracy theorists are, were still likable and enjoyable additions to the story. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about them throughout. They just kind of felt "out there" without much explanation. Granted, that's how most conspiracy theorists tend to be, but I felt this book was missing the "why" factor for some of the characters.
The science and engineering part of the story were incredibly interesting and I'm glad that it was included, it really made the venture and everything that happens later in the story plausible.
Overall, the story was above average good until the very last 5-10 chapters. Especially the final chapter. I wasn't sure how this story was going to end, and I won't lie it didn't end the way I had envisioned at all, but I'm okay with that.
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A pet project enhancing a collection of old NASA Apollo Mission photographs leads to discovery of a cover up. What started as a side project ends as a mission to the moon.
I liked the way the story progressed from ‘lets blow up these cool images’ to ‘we’re going to the moon.’ It was entertaining. I liked the introduction of the people and technology that get this group to the moon and back in record time. I did however have to take off stars for a couple of things. Interspersed throughout the chapters were snippets of someone in I think a flashback or something. At first these flashbacks added anticipation, but I’m not sure they were fully resolved by the end of the story. Unless there is a sequel in the works that will flesh that part of the story out a bit more, the plot could do without them. I’m also not sure why the team didn’t include a geologist or linguist (either on the ground or in the spacecraft). There were characters who had these specialties in the story but they were not even contemplated for the mission team. I also wasn't sure how I felt about the ending. The main discovery of what was under the moon was interesting...but then there is also what I'll call a secondary discovery related to the human race which felt a little...I don't know...like it was thrown in there for extra effect. In my opinion the main discovery would have been shocking enough on it's own.
I think for me the narrator added to the book and allowed it to be 4 stars for me. The narration was good. Pacing, clarity and character differentiation were all nicely done. It was easy to listen to his voice throughout the book. I’ve listened to this narrator before and enjoyed this performance as well as the others.
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"Theoretical science & suspension of disbelief"
Wild new ideas
The total cover-up of a civilian on the moon for over 30 years
No I haven't
I loved when they were testing the flying saucer, tucking money in the kite, jump starting the car, dropping by to show off and leaving the fighter aircraft in the dust.This was a fun book but lots of technical conversations I needed to and wanted to listen to again. I enjoyed this book very much
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"Great Story Keeps You Wondering Whats Next"
Yes, Enjoyed It Very Much
Yes Very Much
Finding Of The Lost Astronaut
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"Started off strong but then petered out."
The discovery is more than Doug Hastings can believe. After all, it was just a little project enhancing a large collection of old Apollo Missions moon photos. He didn’t expect anything like this! Yet, now, who should he involve? An abandoned and deteriorated glass city on the surface of the moon was probably noticed back then, so he’s not the only one who knows about it now. Doug pushes forward, pulling in folks he trusts. Plans are laid and an adventure set upon.
This story started off pretty exciting. The first person Doug tells about his discovery is his retired linguistics specialist wife Karen. Then he lets his good friend Dave Jensen know. After all, it was Dave’s father’s trunk of old photos that gave Doug this discovery. The men and their wives chat it over and they quickly conclude that there was no way the Apollo Mission crews missed this, so there had to be a cover up. This means they have to be careful who they let in on it. They start pulling in more trusted friends and friends of friends. Al Billington, who is retired from NASA personnel staffing gets roped in by Isaac Jensen, Dave’s father. Doug calls up an accountant friend, Melvin Simpson. If they plan to take this to the moon, they will need a budget, which means they will need an accountant. Professor Charles Liggens is tapped to be the anthropologist. Al gives Colonel Marvin Dean Andrews, a retired astronaut, a call and he’s more than happy to be a part of the team.
Meanwhile, there are forces working against them. The security guard at Doug’s work, Arnold Gavin, is the first to sound the alarm. He doesn’t know what he’s looking at, but he was ordered to report anything unusual he came across – like a glass city. Agent Allen Bruster puts some private investigators in place. Later, not only is the FBI involved, but also the CIA. A cloak and dagger game develops between Doug’s team and these agencies.
The pacing of the tale is pretty steady throughout. There’s very little ups or downs. A few little jokes here and there liven things up along with the G-rated run ins with the PIs. Eventually Doug’s team finds an investor, Michael Sheridan, and an inventor, Frank Gordon, to assist them in their plans to go to the moon to investigate the glass city. The story picks up a bit in pace at this point but still remains pretty level until near the end. While the level of excitement rises at the end, there was no big crescendo. The ending is suppose to be a climactic punch, but I felt it lacked emotion and oompf.
For much of the story, the tale keeps things well grounded with what is plausible. I liked this about the story and it matched the collective experience of Doug’s team, which in large are retired or close to retired personnel. But then they get a ticket to the moon and, while they discuss it, it’s decided that no agency on Earth will really mind that someone is sending an unscheduled ship to the moon. I was OK letting that one slide for the sake of the pacing of the story. But then we get this one reference to Stonehenge and how it must have been a laser…. ummm… OK. That was simply taking the science out of this science fiction story. Finally, we get to the moon and things get back on track with exploring. Lots of nifty things going on here and some language they can’t decipher. Too bad the men didn’t bring along their one linguistic expert, Karen. In fact, she’s not even assigned to the ground crew, though I think at least one of the ladies got a little telecommunications smooch time with her man while he was in space. Finally, the big large secret is discovered and it didn’t float my boat.
Speckled throughout the tale were these tiny snippets of something out there somewhen potentially scoping out the moon or Earth. These little bits were brief and I couldn’t tell if they were from the past or happening in sync with the activities of Doug’s crew. In the end, I think they were blasts from the past trying to prep us readers for what they would find in the glass city. While they initially heightened my anticipation for adventuring in the glass city, I never got a full picture from them. I think they were a little too vague and in the end didn’t add much to the final scenes.
So let’s talk about the ladies. Now, this story is set in the 1990s. Several women (the wives of Doug’s team) get names and careers and interests. However, they are written like they are from the 1960s or such. The men get together and the women go off in the other room for tea and gossip. No ladies get to go on the mission. While they get to sit around their little impromptu ground control center, they don’t get to do anything of note. Al runs the coms and checks. In fact, the opposing team doesn’t have any ladies either – no female PIs or women CIA agents sneaking about. Obviously, this was a pretty glum representation of women of the 90s.
Did I like the story? Was it worth my time? A hesitant yes. I liked the initial set up. Doug’s (re)discovery of a glass city on the moon had me hooked from the beginning. I liked that Doug’s team weren’t naive or idiots. I even didn’t mind the ease with which they found their investor and inventor that allowed them to make it to the moon in record time. Some of the moon discoveries were pretty interesting, even as others didn’t wow me. So if you are looking for a scifi tale that hearkens back to the classics of the 1950s, then this might be the story for you.
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Narration: J. Scott Bennett did a really good job with this book. There’s tons of male characters and he kept them all distinct using various regional accents and a few foreign accents. The ladies all sounded like ladies, though they didn’t have nearly as many lines as the men. Bennett used a British accent for the small snippets of the foreign entity speckled throughout the book. I think his British accent was steadier in Marley – The Other Christmas Carol, but I still liked that he made the effort here.
"In my all time top 5 now I highly recommend it."
The only thing missing was sound effects. I was riveted and could not stop. I listened to it straight through. I'm an engineer by trade. It was well researched with believable technology and background story. A must read!!
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