Thirty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong placed his foot down on the surface of the moon saying the words that history has passed down to us “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was a tremendous achievement for America in the race for space that started years before. Brought about by brilliant scientist, people of courage, ability, and intellect, this achievement set America in the premier position in space exploration. However, there are some who believe that this was all fake, a fraud set up by the government, one pulled off flawlessly having the world believe it veracity.
Jonathan Stein is a successful owner of a private aerospace company. He is about to accomplish a dream, a dream that has father once had but was unfulfilled by his untimely death. That dream was to go to the moon. As Johnathan prepares for his journey, troubles appear, a possible heart issue, and then the hypothetical revelation that his father had not died naturally but from a malevolent cover up posted by an online theorist.
As Jonathan investigates further and tries to make contact with the reclusive Neil Armstrong, the clues keep piling up. Investigating, he sees quite a perverse connection to the Nazi scientists who were working at NASA and brings into focus the anti Semite view that the agency seemed to foster. He digs deeper becoming an obsessive investigator into his father’s untimely demise. Could this ultimately been a plan carried out to deny Stein’s father a path to glory? Was his Jewishness the key to his death? What if anything did Armstrong have to do with this? During his life, Jonathan had tried numerous times to make contact with Armstrong and yet this man, the man who would one day walk upon the surface of the moon, remains to this very day, a man mysterious and private.
This was an intriguing story, made more so over the controversy surrounding the upcoming movie based on this feat. It was a fascinating thriller that made one wonder, anxious to read and find along with Jonathan the truth. This book’s approach was fascinating, considering the fact that there was actually Nazi scientists who worked at NASA. Recommended to those who like a well done literary thriller.
This book is to be published on September 18, 2018
Thank you to Tom Seigel, Woodhull Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. It was quite a riveting read.
Tom Seigel has served as both Deputy Chief and Chief of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force in Brooklyn, prosecuting members and associates of La Cosa Nostra. After twenty years as a litigator, Tom earned an MFA in fiction writing. The Astronaut’s Son is his debut novel. See more at tomseigel.com