Today is my stop on the most exciting blog tour of the year – The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel. The story involves ex-Nazi and NASA scientists, Neil Amstrong, and a conspiracy theory. What are my thoughts on The Astronaut’s Son? Read more to find out. Giveaway details are also included in this post.
Jonathan learns about his heart condition. His dad, Avi Stein suffered a fatal heart attack just before the launch of Apollo 18, the mission in which Avi was chosen to command. Thirty years later, Jonathan reveals his moon mission to the press and the public.
After his father’s death, Jonathan tries to keep in touch with Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. But Neil never replies to any of Jonathan’s letters. Jonathan has two tasks in his mind – one, to complete his father’s unfulfilled moon mission and two, to meet Neil Armstrong.
Jonathan and his wife, Susana learn about a conspiracy theory involving Avi Stein. They learn of a website – eclipsedtruth.com – where the nemesis Cassandra promises to unveil the truth behind the moon landing of 1969. Jonathan is disturbed after reading about the ‘alleged truth’ behind his father’s death.
With the help of his friend ZuDu, Susana, Dale Lunden (his father’s best friend) and Helmut, Jonathan decides to solve the mystery behind Neil Armstrong’s quiet life and Avi Stein’s death.
From finding Neil Armstrong to National Archives to the German scientists working in NASA, this fast-paced fiction is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Hatred towards the Semitics was prevalent during the World War. Jews were tortured in the concentration camps. How were the Nazi scientists helpful to the NASA? What was their role in the moon mission?
Conspirators make a valid point. And Jonathan wants closure. Will the secrets of friends and families be revealed? Or, will the secrets be taken to their grave?
Each and every character in the book play an important role in unraveling the truth. From best friends to secret affairs to guilt, I liked the way the characters are portrayed in this book. Susana is a loving wife, who does anything and everything to support her husband, emotionally and otherwise. Dale Lunden plays the role of a good friend, who is ready to do anything to help his friend. Also, Dale has always been there for Jonathan, as a guide, and as a father figure. Jonathan, a good husband, and a loving son reminiscing about the times he spent with his father among other things.
The ending is excellent. The element of twist and surprise, in the end, is the best part of this book. This book has everything in it – conspiracy theory, mystery, science, and technology. Highly recommended to all those who love a good read!
The Astronaut’s Son is a gripping, unique and stunning page-turner by debut author, Tom Seigel.
Story Development: 5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Title: The Astronaut’s Son
Author: Tom Seigel
Published on: 18 September 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
What is in the Goodie Bag? A Copy of The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel, a package of freeze-dried astronaut ice cream and a gift card for two movie tickets (The winner may opt to see First Man, a Neil Amstrong movie featuring Ryan Gosling, releasing on the 12th of October)
The Giveaway is limited to US citizens only.
How to enter the giveaway?
- Participant must be following my blog – the bookdecoder.com
- Leave a comment in the comments section.
Your entries should reach me before 12 midnight of 11th October. I will be choosing one winner and the publisher will take care of mailing the prize.
My favorite books featuring the space, astronauts or NASA include The Martian by Andy Weir, The Red Dove by Derek Lambert and of course, The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel. Feel free to include a list of your favorite books featuring the space race, astronauts or NASA in the comment section.
Have a look at the other stops on this blog tour – https://www.tomseigel.com/blog-tour.
Special thanks to Woodhall Press for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this exciting blog tour.