The Cassandra Project

The Cassandra Project

by Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick

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Two science fiction masters—Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick—team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the hidden history of the United States space program…
“Houston, we have a problem…”
Formerly a cynical, ambitious PR man, Jerry Culpepper finally found a client he could believe in when he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director. Proud of the Agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future.
But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first Moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars in his eyes.
Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability—and his willingness—to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425256459
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 572,235
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer, and is now a full-time writer. His novel Seeker won a Nebula Award, and he is a multiple Nebula Award finalist. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen. 
Mike Resnick has won five Hugos (from a record thirty-six nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the US, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia, Catalonia, and Poland. He’s the author of seventy-one novels, more than two hundred and fifty short stories, and three screenplays, and is the editor of forty-one anthologies. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages.

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It was probably a sign of the times that the biggest science story of the twenty– first century, and probably the biggest ever, broke in that tabloid of tabloids, The National Bedrock. It might have gone unnoticed had an enterprising reporter not launched it into the middle of a press conference intended to be a quiet, nostalgic celebration of NASA’s accomplishments over a span of sixty years. And to get everyone’s mind off the fact that the Agency was now looking at a closing of the doors. In any case, when it first happened, nobody recognized it for what it was.

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"[Jack McDevitt is] the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke."—Stephen King

"Jack McDevitt is a master of describing otherworldy grandeur."—The Denver Post

"Nobody spins a yarn better than Mike Resnick."—Orson Scott Card

"Resnick is thought-provoking, imaginative...and above all galactically grand."—Los Angeles Times

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The Cassandra Project 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Thomas-Michaels More than 1 year ago
This novel was a quick read and rather enjoyable. At times it seemed to drag out the central mystery to a point of aggravation but it did ultimately pay-off. I was a little disappointed with the ending in respect to the exposure of the mystery to the public at large but reality is some times disappointing. As a final note, I read several reviews of this novel that pointed to particular political motivations or such. I would like to point out that those readers brought their own baggage to this novel and personally found the depictions of politics and NASA both realistic and refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love space mysteries with a little history tossed in for flavor. Fast, fun read.
blueridgebard More than 1 year ago
I was very much looking forward to this book, but I was seriously disappointed. There has been a trend among certain science fiction authors recently to write books in the form of thinly disguised screenplays/outlines. The Heaven's War novels of David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt are examples of this. Unfortunately, The Cassandra Project falls into this category. The novel consists of a number of short scenes thrown together. The characters are one dimensional and unsympathetic. One of them, presumably modeled on Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, is presented as a buffoon. The thinly disguised message of the book is that only the private sector works and the government is useless. The mystery presented in the book did not amount to much and the ending was very disappointing with an attempted twist that did not work very well. I am particularly disappointed in Jack McDivitt, whose novels I usually enjoy, but with this effort and the relatively poor novel, Time Travelers Never Die, it now looks like he is just going through the motions. I do not recommend this book.
Olin More than 1 year ago
CAREFUL IN READING REVIEWS!! A strength of the book is the unfolding of an implausible mystery by the characters. Reading reviews that give too many details will spoil experience. The book passes the ultimate test for a story - do you hate to stop reading? Books can have some or all of a range of positive features; i.e., they can be good, well-written, have clever ideas, have appealing characters, be on topics of your interest, etc - any or all without grabbing you. I cannot judge how this book relates to every reader, but for me this one had IT. There is a mystery, but one within the realm of possibility that does not require suspension of belief. It touches on aspects of our culture from politics, religion, the worth-while life, and more without excessive being moralizing or making any of those jump out at the reader like too many books - with, I suppose, the exception of the author's obvious (and well-deserved) less than stellar opinion of the news media. There are characters you respect and would happy to know - even if you are not always comfortable with their actions or behavior. The ultimate resolution is sufficient to close the book, although a little rushed. The Great American Science Fiction Novel it is not, but a simple pleasure to read a nicely crafted story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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BuzzinBill More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story. I Have read several of this authors books, including "Moonfall" and "Ancient Shores", and this is as good as any of his books. I will be reading a lot more of this authors work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot intrigued me when I read the back of the book. It was science fiction without going over the top. It was a quick read and I liked the short breaks which allowed me to pick up the book when I only had a short time to read. Some parts, especially the ending, seemed a little rushed. I did not like the Russian cover up part which did not seem plausible. Overall it was a good book which I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed everything about the book up until the (anti)-climax. I won't spoil the ending for anyone, but the reveal of the "big secret" makes a leaden entrance. It *might* have been salvagable if the authors had done any groundwork for it - but as it is it doesn't have any real connection to the story. My reaction was "Really? That's the 'big secret'? Boring."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great novel by two great writers. Holds your interest all the way. Definitely recommended.