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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling sci-fi romp June 14 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Good science fiction is just fun to read. In Moonfall, Jack McDevitt has given us a gripping, enjoyable story that held this reader's interest throughout. I don't know if all of the science presented herein is wholly believable, but the author certainly makes it sound plausible. The main characters are inherently interesting, especially Vice President Haskell; McDevitt actually makes the prominent politician very human, noble, and heroic. The story is an exciting twist on the old planetary catastrophe theme--rather than have a comet hit the earth, McDevitt has a comet hit the moon. That major event is really just the start of the action, though, as earth finds itself having to confront the effects of that spectacular explosion. The race to evacuate the newly established Moonbase and then to find a way to avert a potential extinction event on the earth is thrilling and happens in the context of a dramatic, well conceived pace.

While the "macro" story was riveting and well-done, the "micro" stories were slightly problematic. The events are related in a chronological fashion, with constant shifts from one scene to another and back again. It was hard to remember exactly who some of the secondary characters were, and some of them, especially those being employed to relate the devastating events happening on the earth, hardly seemed to belong in the story and, in a couple of cases, seemed to be left dangling at the novel's end. Many of the main characters reacted to events in ways I would not have anticipated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Twist on Well Trod Ground June 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Do you remember the body changer movies of the '80's? You know, where a father and son swap lives for a week or so? There were a bunch of them, all bad, until Tom Hanks came out with "Big."
This book is "Big."
Same ground as "Deep Impact", and "Meteor", and that Bruce Willis film that best remains nameless, but Mr. McDevitt takes a Tom Clancy approach and has the comet destroy the moon instead of the earth with the fall out of the moon debris being dealt with with a cast of wonderful, well written characters, and a plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat to the very last page.
I've rarely read better fiction than what Jack McDevitt is putting to paper. Almost every book has it's own unique style and so far, they all are wonderful!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Beach Book Dec 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OK, I read this 500+ page book in two days. But, it was like "Airport" in space. I knew that almost everyone would live happily ever after and I still turned page after page. I kept asking myself why I continued reading and the answers I came up with were it was easy to read and it allowed me to escape holidays under the threat of terrorism and war. It would make a great summer movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! Oct. 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's not that the book itself in unbelievable. What is unbelievable is that a modern writer could make such a wonderful story out of what anyone would say a priori was going to be a hackneyed rehash of a million previous disaster ("When Worlds Collide" type) science fiction books. Having just read McDevitt's book of short stories I realized he was a writer of the highest class, but this? I was not expecting a book that was a "page turner" from the beginning to the end. It was really hard to put down in order to get some sleep! As with a few other such writers, it is a sad thing that you can't find hard cover versions of most of his works. In this case I got one and will treasure it. All of his back stuff I will have to read in disintegrating pulp paper. He deserves better - Like David Weber who is just now getting many of his older books reissued in hard cover.
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When I first saw this book, I thought, "Gosh, a meteor hitting the world. How fresh and new," and then rolled my eyes. It took me a second to clue in that the meteor was impacting the moon, not the Earth. At which point I thought, "Well, slightly different, but still likely to be pretty similar."
This wasn't the case. First off, Jack McDevitt's strength lies in his characters. There are a wonderful range of characters in this book, and you don't have a clue who will survive. That's another strength: the plot is not predictable, and the mortality rate is plausible given what is going on.
Set slightly ahead in the future, man has finally opened a base on the moon - just in time for the moon to be in the way of a high-speed meteor. Spotted by accident by an amateur astronomer (one of the only overdone "Seen-it-before" moments of the book), there's a kind of panic pace to the first half of the novel as the people of the moon try desperately to get back to earth and the orbital stations that support the colony.
The second half of the book deals with the fallout - having the moon shattered is even worse than the single meteor, as now the shards of the moon are threatening to fall from the sky...
Throughout this high-paced background however, it is the characters who shine through this novel. It was the first McDevitt I'd read, and it launched me on a McDevitt jag for quite a while after. Give it a shot - there are no Aerosmith soundtracks to make it hurt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McDevitt's Best -- Exciting and believable
Forget "Armeggedon". Forget "Deep Impact". This is THE space/disaster book that SHOULD have been made into a movie. Read more
Published on May 23 2000 by David Zampino
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This book is simply boring, looks like the script for the next independance day. It should make a lot of money with Hollywood
Published on March 7 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars No real surprises
A few years ago I read a book called A TALENT FOR WAR by this guy called Jack McDevitt. I read the whole thing in a day and it has been one of my favorites ever since. Read more
Published on March 6 2000 by Terry Gibbons
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading
I enjoy catastrophe books, especially dealing with cataclismic natural events. This book about a comet smashing into the moon, with subsequent large chunks of the moon threatening... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 1999 by Brian Kelley (mongo2@ameritech.net)
2.0 out of 5 stars FAST TO PEICES...
I picked up and put down this book in one day. I read from cover to cover and when I was done, I gave it away... with a warning, this book misses the mark by a long chalk. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book
I liked the premise - tidal waves caused by a comet exploding the moon. What I did not understand is why the author continued to introduce new (and minor) characters up until the... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland, disappointing
The book cover describes "Moonfall" as "the Titanic in space." The Titanic was a predictable kid's movie. What does that say about this book? Read more
Published on July 31 1999 by Kenneth R. Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonfall gives rocks-hitting-Earth a swift kick
Fellow Amazonians may have read my previous 1-star review of Lucifer's Hammer...And after reading Moonfall, I'll stand by that rating AND the 5 stars I give Jack... Read more
Published on May 16 1999
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