What would really have happened if Nazi Germany had tried to add the Moon to its list of conquests? Freddy Axley is a pilot for a lunar tourism company who finds the long forgotten evidence. But his clients intend to use their discovery as a propaganda weapon in the wave of right-wing extremism sweeping Europe. Set on the Moon and on Earth at various times between 1941 and 2033. More
What would really have happened if Nazi Germany had tried to add the Moon to its list of conquests during the Second World War?
Freddy Axley is an astronaut pilot for a near-future lunar tourism company. When his latest rich clients want to explore a previously unvisited part of the Moon, Freddy finds himself taking part in the archaeological discovery of the century.
But after twenty years of crippling environmental legislation and economic decline, the political situation on Earth is now poisoned by a resurgence of the neo-Nazi Far Right. Freddy's clients intend to use their discovery as a propaganda weapon in the wave of political extremism sweeping Europe. The truth about what has been found on the Moon has become dangerous, and after witnessing two murders Freddy realises that his own life is in danger.
Complicating the picture are the conspiracy theorists with their fantasies that the Nazis not only survived on the Moon, thanks to the gift of alien technologies, but are about to return with irresistable force and reimpose the domination of the blonde master race on Earth. Freddy has to choose: should he believe this nonsense, and in doing so save his job, or should he speak the truth, that the wartime astronauts could not possibly have survived? Or is there a tiny chance that they might have survived after all, against all the odds?
This novel combines elements of historical fiction and the thriller in a hard SF setting, with touches of romance along the way. It is set on the Moon and on Earth at various times between 1941 and 2033.
"Somewhere out there in the parched lunar wilderness a trail of bootprints led to the inert body of a man in his fifties wearing a name-tag that identified him as a German air ace who had gone missing during World War Two." -- But was the body real, or was it a mere digital hallucination, a set-up in the game of political extremism?
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on April 11, 2013 :
Very well written and composed for a first novel. The character development was good, and the story line unique. I really enjoyed the interaction of the characters, the infusion of historical fact with the story line, and the use of current social woes to build a story that was both realistic and plausible for a science fiction fan!
There were no detectable spelling errors, and the grammar was impeccable. A fine effort for a first novel. My only slight criticism is in the main character. He was in many ways an excellent and realistic hero, with one very notable exception. His simplistic and immature views on women, and his propensity to fall in "deep love" after the briefest of contact, and then pine for her when she ignores him, makes for an interesting side story, but takes away from the action and realism.
I look forward to Mr. Ashworth's next effort!
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on Dec. 19, 2012 :
Exclent book! One of the best stories I've read.