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October 3, 2018 / Leslie

Review and Giveaway: Book and Movie Tickets

The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel

About the Book

Publisher: Woodhall Press | September 2018
Format: Hardcover | 232 pages

Jonathan Stein thinks only a bad heart can stop him from reaching the moon. But when he discovers his father may have been murdered to protect an appalling NASA secret, he must decide whether his moral compass still points towards the stars.

Days before the Apollo 18 launch in 1974, Jonathan’s father, an Israeli astronaut at NASA, died of an apparent heart attack. A year before his own launch, in 2005, Jonathan, a typically devout skeptic, becomes captivated by the tale of a mysterious online conspiracy theorist who claims that his father had been killed. Unable to keep long-buried suspicions from resurfacing, he reopens the case, digging into a past that becomes stranger and more compelling the deeper he goes.

To get to the truth he must confront Dale Lunden, his father’s best friend and the last man on the moon, and his elusive childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. When his relentless pursuit leads to disturbing revelations about the Nazis who worked for NASA, the hardest questions to answer are the ones he must ask himself.

My Thoughts

I’ve always been a science geek and have followed the space program from its beginning, so no surprise that I enjoyed this book right from the start.

The plot is fast moving and engaging, and real life events are mixed seamlessly into the plot to form a captivating tale. There is a combination of genres – conspiracy thriller, mystery, and science. There’s a lot to keep the reader’s interest. Was there a government conspiracy to fake the moon landing? Were Nazis working for NASA? Did someone murder Jonathan’s father? Jonathan sets out to get the answers to his questions and learn the truth.

Interesting and thought provoking, this is a novel that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Giveaway

Courtesy of the publicist, I have one copy of The Astronaut’s Son, plus a package of freeze dried astronaut ice cream, and a gift card for 2 movie tickets to the Neil Armstrong movie, First Man, opening on October 12th, to give away to one lucky winner.

Fill out the form below on or before midnight, Wednesday, October 10th. I will draw one random winner (US only). They will be notified by email and the prize will be mailed by the publicist.

 
Visit the author’s website for a list of additional blogs on the tour and more chances to win.

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Source: Review copy from the publisher through TLC Book Tours.
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September 26, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Elderberry

Almost wordless: Seen in the park on one of my walks.

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September 24, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ September 24th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Sadly, summer is officially over. This was a good year for the wildflower garden; not so good for the veggies. Inconsistent weather and too many critters contributed to a poor yield. Ah, but there is always the farmer’s market!

New Arrivals


Street Freaks by Terry Brooks from Grim Oak Press.

It begins with a dire call—right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home’s doors explode inward. It is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks can tell.

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken from Harper.

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley

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September 19, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Sun Flower

Almost wordless: Finally, a sun flower! I usually have them popping up all over my backyard and never need to plant them. This year there were none to be found until a few weeks ago when one appeared in a potted plant and I moved it to the wildflower garden.

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September 17, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ September 17th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.
 


Another week just flew past! We have been given a bonus week of summer with temps in the 90s (eeek) last weekend and staying hot most of this week. I like hot, but I like autumn-type warm too, and hope we get some of that and don’t go directly to chilly. Chicago can be erratic that way.

One book this week and I know some of you are thinking, she doesn’t read romances, what’s up. Well, the setting is the University of Illinois (my alma mater) in the past, Chicago in the present, and the lead character is a librarian. That was enough for me to know it would hold my interest, so I requested a copy.

New Arrivals

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves from St. Martin’s Press.

New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love.

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September 3, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ September 3rd

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
September already! Summer sure went by fast. Funny how winter seems to linger and linger. A couple of new books arrived last week. I’m really excited to get an early copy of Unsheltered.

New Arrivals

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver from Harper.

The New York Times bestselling author … returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom from Harper.

In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he saved on earth—in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.

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August 31, 2018 / Leslie

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, XIII

A Favorite Event

September begins tomorow and that means it’s time for one of my favorite reading events, R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. This is the THIRTEENTH year for R.I.P. It was created by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings and is now hosted by Heather from My Capricious Life.

The event runs from September 1st through October 31st. There are multiple levels of peril to choose from, even a one book option for the time challenged.

I avoid most challenges; I usually fail at them, plus they add a level of stress I don’t need. But RIP is not a challenge, it’s an event. It’s about coming together as a community. And it doesn’t hurt that RIP books are from genres I enjoy.

There are only two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

Genres to choose from:

Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Dark Fantasy | Gothic | Horror | Supernatural

I’m Choosing Peril the First

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux . . . or anyone in between.

Other challenges to choose from are Peril the Movie, Peril the Short Story, and Peril the Group Read. For anyone new to R.I.P., you do not have to be a blogger to participate. Post anywhere that readers gather.

My Book Choices

  1. Side Life by Steve Toutonghi
  2. This is described as paranoid literary sci-fi. That’s creepy enough for me.

  3. The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel
  4. A scifi thriller.

How to Participate

Sign up at the Readers Imbibing Peril blog.
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