Jonathan Stein, a brilliant aerospace executive, has spent a lifetime determined to accomplish two tasks: First, to complete his father’s unfulfilled mission, and second, to forge a relationship with the reclusive Neil Armstrong. Despite a heart condition, he’s on the verge of his first goal, but has gotten nowhere with the second. Armstrong has never responded to any of Jonathan’s letters. Avi Stein, an Israeli pilot specially chosen to command Apollo 18, suffered a fatal heart attack before launch in 1974. Months from his own mission in 2005 and the birth of his first child, Jonathan discovers a “lunar hoax” conspiracy website offering a disturbing reason for Armstrong’s silence: He knows Jonathan’s father didn’t die of natural causes. While researching his father’s last days, Jonathan expects to confirm the official cause of death, but what he uncovers instead is a motive for murder. To get to the truth, Jonathan must confront both NASA’s shadowy past of Nazi scientists and engineers and Dale Lunden, Avi’s best friend and the last man to walk on the moon.
The Astronaut’s Son: A Novel
- From the Publisher
March 29, 2018
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