Monthly Archives: October 2012

Absence makes the heart grow fonder??

I apologize to those of you who have been following my blog, which for now is mostly book reviews.  I have stacks waiting to be reviewed that I have red, but my life turned topsy-turvy, and I just haven’t had the energy or attention to give to the reviews.

My daughter moved out, which means that I have to as well.  We have been living in this 3 bedroom house for 8 years, and my daughters finished their growing up here.  So needless to say, I have a  ton of stuff that has to be sorted, organized, gotten rid of, palmed off on, and stored, and my countless boxes of books readied as well, and then move the rest into a 1 br. apartment.  It’s a huge change, and has really thrown me for a loop, and I am having trouble concentrating.  I want to give the books the justice they are due, so I am waiting on them until I can do so.

So if you will bear with me for a few more weeks, I may be able to post a few in between now and then, or not, if my daughter steals our internet.  Once I move I will have internet in the apartment.  And hopefully will be in a place where I can concentrate and enjoy my reviews.  And I hope you will to.  Thanks for reading the ones I’ve done so far.  I enjoy knowing that I am sharing my love of reading with others.

Until then, Kristin

 

Review: The Return

The Return
The Return by Buzz Aldrin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scott Blackstone comes from a family of aerospace pioneers. HIs family owned one of the largest suppliers to NASA. HIs brother Nick, at (Republic Wright) continues the tradition, while Scott has worked on starting a company called Sharespace, where they buy seats from a company, ASU, that has access to the empty berths on the space shuttle, and sells them to civilians. Only a few have gone up, and the latest one to buy a seat is Michael James – a beloved and a legendary basketball star with a childhood passion for all things space. They are certain that his likability, but also his knack for being articulate, yet relatable, will make him the perfect candidate to increase business.

1969 is the year the Mars Four, 4 friends – Scott, Rick, Eddie Killeret (CEO of the Republic rival Curtis), and Scott’s now ex wife, but then childhood friend for summers at the beach, Thalia, now a lawyer. That summer was the launch of one of the space missions and they decide to form a group, called the Mars Four, and meet again, on the same beach in 50 years, and see where they have gotten on the quest for Mars. They are certain it can be done. But space moves slowly, and by about 20-30 years later, they hadn’t gotten much further. Such childhood things were forgotten and pushed to the back of the mind, and life gets in the way.

But then the unthinkable happens – a tragedy occurs when the space shuttle with Michael James runs into trouble, and Scott, along with other aerospace companies, is being sued – Scott, for allowing Michael to go up, knowing the dangers, and not making Michael properly aware of them. But Scott knows that Michael was fully aware of the dangers involved, both because of his passion for the program, and from his briefings. But as Scott tries to find a lawyer, he can’t – no one will take his case. He is being blackballed from the industry. The James family has hired a slimy lawyer representing MJ’s mother, and it seems that there are deep pockets somewhere, buying up all the talent in town as “expert consultants.” Somebody wants Scott out of business. Then comes the startling results from the investigation into the tragedy and how it happened. Scott and his family, and now his ex-wife, taking on his case for him, try to fight back, and find out who is behind all this and why. A good solid look at the aerospace industry, how it works, and an interesting plot. The characters aren’t well-developed, but they are good people, and you want to root for them. And Buzz Aldrin provides an insider’s view.

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