The Cassandra Project

The Cassandra Project

eBook - 2012
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Two science fiction masters?Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick?team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the secret history of the US space program? Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations?even for politicians?was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA?s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency?s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future?a bright era of far-reaching space exploration. But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars?and unexplored planets and solar systems?in his eyes. Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability?and his willingness?to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781101612217
1101612215
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Resnick, Michael D.
3M Company
Summary: Two science fiction masters?Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick?team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the secret history of the US space program? Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations?even for politicians?was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA?s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency?s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future?a bright era of far-reaching space exploration. But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars?and unexplored planets and solar systems?in his eyes. Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability?and his willingness?to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...

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Basileus
Apr 29, 2013

I am a pretty big fan of McDevitt's books. His Sci Fi is approachable to the layman and doesn't get overly bogged down with technical specifics. This novel takes place in our timeline, so the tech stuff is understandable. Hard to review this novel without going into the big plot spoiler. But the mystery is intriguing and the "reveal" is pretty good. Mcdevitt knows how to write a good yarn.

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Apr 09, 2013

The Cassandra Projec t --- Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick. After having read a few of McDevitt’s other novels, I thought it best to avoid any more of his Alex Benedict novels. With them you can wait an eternity for the plot line to advance an iota --- just a little too laid back. So I thought Cassandra would be different and maybe a bit more like Cauldron”. Well McDevitt uses some of his trade-mark devices: the plot is moved along by the media: press and TV appearances on fictitious talk shows. There’s at least a passing reference to worlds in collision. And, oh yes, there’s always at least some mention of Canada, eh? And when there is a reception for a big-wig president, the fare on the table is described in painstaking detail:" a choice of catfish (the catfish was good) or New York Strip, accompanied by mashed potatoes and a swirl of unidentifiable vegetables. It was finished off with strawberry shortcake and ice cream". Was there coffee too? This is about as much fun as watching your ice cream melt. This is the kind of stuff that gets in the way of the novel’s forward motion --- sort of like having to change out a spare tire or waiting at the side of the highway for the auto club to bring you a jerry can of gas.. So, after having said all those nasty things about “Cassandra” is it a novel worth reading? Yes, yes, yes. The suspense alone makes it worth the time and the time will fly by before you’re at the end. But the ending is too quick, it doesn't measure up to the rest of “Cassandra”. But like I said, go ahead, read it anyway. As for me, I’m looking for my next McDevitt novel.

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Smreka
Apr 08, 2013

Good writing, excellent mystery; yet the story was ruined a few pages before the end. Either boldly go places, or don't; making an attempt and then beating a hasty retreat is not worthy of Si-Fi.

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