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Ebook The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt read! Book Title: The Cassandra Project
The size of the: 897 KB
Edition: Ace
Date of issue: November 6th 2012
ISBN: 1937008711
ISBN 13: 9781937008710
The author of the book: Jack McDevitt
Language: English
Format files: PDF

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The biggest issue I have with this well-written, but dull, novel is it should have been a novella.

There is a SHOCK ending, which caused me to guffaw tea out of my nose and choke for ten minutes. As I am writing this I am sniffling and breathing through raw tissues still occasionally dripping out tea.

The story, if you can call it that, reads more like a 400-pages long New Yorker article describing how professional publicity agents and media consultants manage the news process for politicians, department heads, CEO's, NGO's, etc., all of whom have an interest in a secret.

'The Cassandra Project' involves following a few key characters around as they issue polite sincere denials or ask impolite questions about a supposed coverup by NASA which is hinted at in the discovery of an audio tape by an astronaut's early moon visit. The United States Presidents Johnson and Nixon may or may not have had knowledge as well.

A mystery defies solving in this way-too-long story, as Jerry Culpepper, NASA public affairs employee, professionally massages facts, gives strategic interviews and writes half-true publicity releases, deftly manufacturing NASA's public image, while at the same time, he tracks down people who were alive 50 years ago.

NASA is slowly dying from lack of funding. The year is 2019, and NASA is desperately trying to stay relevant. However, without much public enthusiasm for space travel or any money coming from Congress and the President of the United States, NASA is staying alive only by trumpeting its past successes. Unfortunately, in releasing publicity photos and other items, a recording by an astronaut orbiting the moon hinted at a landing which could not possibly have happened, as Neal Armstrong's walk on the moon is yet two launches in the future at the time of the recording. The reporters smell a coverup.

Meantime, a private businessman, billionaire Bucky Blackstone, wants to construct habitable buildings on the moon. If the governments of the world won't do it, he will. Learning from news reports that there might have been a landing earlier than the supposed first manned moon landing by Neal Armstrong, he sets out to find if there had been such a landing, and why it had been covered up.

Three-hundred-seventy pages later, gentle reader, answers are revealed.

Other reviewers have said they don't know exactly what to rate this novel. I have the same problem. It is not 'bad'. The writing is quality, the plotting sounds reasonable and researched, the ending is FUN (view spoiler)[ Aliens found us! But the ambassador they sent to Earth was murdered. He landed in Israel in about the year 1 AD. Get it?!?!?!? o _O

So the aliens left a message in a dome on the far side of the moon describing their doomed attempt to be friends with humans in the Aramaic language. President Nixon had a fake tablet in Greek made up with another message about how technology destroys every culture where it becomes dominant. The professor who translated the original tablet left his notes and his briefcase on a table, and thus the Watergate break-in.... : P (hide spoiler)]

But yikes, what a bore it is to get there. Too much process in this journey to the moon!

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Ebook The Cassandra Project read Online! Jack McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. His first novel, The Hercules Text, was published in the celebrated Ace Specials series and won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. In 1991, McDevitt won the first $10,000 UPC International Prize for his novella, "Ships in the Night." The Engines of God was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and his novella, "Time Travelers Never Die," was nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.

McDevitt lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen, where he plays chess, reads mysteries and eats lunch regularly with his cronies.

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