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Sunday, May 27, 2012

SEA OF CRISES by Marty Steere

Penfield Publications
Signal Hill, CA
Genre: Fiction
Rating: Good
ISBN: 99780985401405, $15.95, 314 pp.

Quoting from the back cover:

““That shouldn’t be here.”

“Those are the last words uttered by Commander Bob Cartwright in September 1976, just before all communication with the crew of Apollo 18 is inexplicably lost during the astronauts’ first moonwalk. Frantic attempts by mission control to re-establish contact are unsuccessful. Three days later, however, as NASA is scrambling to put together a rescue mission, astronomers detect a burn of the service propulsion system, and, on schedule, but still in eerie silence, the command module begins to return transit, culminating in the welcome sight of the capsule descending majestically beneath a trio of parachutes into the South Pacific.

“But when the hatch is opened, the navy divers tasked with assisting the astronauts into the recovery helicopter make a gruesome discovery. The bodies of the three men inside have been burned beyond recognition, victims of a failed heat shield. And with them has died the answer to a great mystery: What was the meaning of Cartwright’s enigmatic last statement, and what happened during those three blacked out days in the Mare Crisium, the Sea of Crises?

“Unfortunately, unless and until man returns to the moon, that mystery will remain forever unsolved.

“Or will it?”

This fictional story of the three Cartwright brothers coming together to solve this mystery is a fast-paced, suspense-filled novel you might enjoy, particularly if you’re interested in space exploration. Marty Steere is a practicing attorney in Southern California, and Sea of Crises is his first novel. It is well written, well edited and up to professional standards. Congratulations!

Kaye Trout - May 27, 2012