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The Apollo Murders

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529406856

Price: £20

ON SALE: 12th October 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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An exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race, by astronaut and New York Times bestselling author Chris Hadfield

‘An exciting journey to an alternate past’ Andy Weir, author of The Martian

Nail-biting’ James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic

Not to be missed’ Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal

Explosive’ Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X

Exciting, authentic’ Linwood Barclay, author of Find You First

‘[A] stellar thrill ride’ Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind

Gripping‘ John Verdon, author of the Dave Gurney series

Relentlessly exciting‘ Stephen Mack Jones, author of August Snow

1973: a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help.

As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. Houston flight controller Kazimieras ‘Kaz’ Zemeckis must do all he can to keep the NASA crew together, while staying one step ahead of his Soviet rivals. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.

Full of fascinating technical detail, twists and tension, The Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the dark majesty of space, the fierce G-forces of launch and the rush of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft travelling at 17,000 mph, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.

Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.

Soon to be a major TV series from Altitude and SS’s Balboa Productions


An explosive thriller from a writer who has actually been to Space and back. Strap in for the ride!
Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X novels
A nail-biting cold war thriller . . . It's a very rare book that combines so many things I love, from taut suspense and highly realistic action, to the golden age of space exploration. I couldn't put it down
James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic
There's maybe one person on Earth with the writing chops and the expertise to write a to-the-Moon thriller this exciting, this authentic. Chris Hadfield is that guy
Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Find You First
Not to be missed. Even in fiction there is authenticity. It is either there... or it is not. With Chris Hadfield it is, because everything he describes he has really seen
Frederick Forsyth, New York Times bestselling author of The Day of the Jackal and The Fox
A relentlessly exciting, deeply intriguing insider's look at the prime years of the Apollo space program, ingeniously weaving together three of the coldest, darkest things in existence - Cold War politics, space, and murder
Stephen Mack Jones, author of the August Snow series
Chris Hadfield has deftly combined fact and fiction in a gripping tale of high-stakes treachery [that] builds to an explosive and satisfying finale.
John Verdon, internationally bestselling author of the Dave Gurney series
Hadfield's bona fides are unimpeachable - but it's his inventive action sequences and keen eye for illuminating details that propel THE APOLLO MURDERS ever skyward in this stellar thrill ride
Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind
Commander Hadfield takes us on an exciting journey into an alternate past. And who better to write about astronauts than an astronaut himself!
Andy Weir, author of The Martian
With a spectacular alternate history thriller . . . an intelligent and surprising nail-biter that Tom Clancy fans will relish
Publishers Weekly
Clever . . . gutsy . . . the book also features very well drawn characters, natural-sounding dialogue, and a story that leads the reader to expect a spectacular conclusion (and delivers it)
An exceptional Cold War thriller
Belfast Telegraph
One of the most accomplished astronauts in the world, Chris Hadfield has drawn on his wealth of experience to produce a cold-war thriller riven with detail and authenticity
Living Magazine
As someone who has actually been to space, Hadfield makes his techno-thiller jargon read true . . . an accomplished story from a first-time novelist
New Scientist
Totally gripping from first page to last
Irish Independent
[A] sharp and tense read and a fresh take on the Cold War space race
Crime Fiction Lover
This is such a terrifically confident, well-written thriller that to find it is the author's debut is unexpected
Sunday Times
A terrific counterfactual thriller . . . an adroitly handled blend of twists and Cold War politics
The Times
Hadfield's descriptions of space-shots and lunar modules are vivid and engaging
A gripping novel
The Apollo Murders is a superior space thriller that has so much tension and suspense you'll need to take a big, shaky breath when you reach the end
Culture Fly
He keeps the tension high and the characters vivid
Choice magazine
A treat of a thriller . . . a perfect combination of mystery and science fiction that will please aficionados of both genres
Crime Time
The real and genuine joy of The Apollo Murders is the insight Hadfield gives into life as an astronaut
Hadfield's first-hand understanding of space travel and cutting-edge flying machinery is pretty much unrivalled. As a result, you end up learning as you read ... a genuinely exciting trip
Sunday Business Post
His vast experience adds layers of fascinating detail about space travel without slowing the gripping action
The Sun
An original and insightful Cold War thriller that is entrancing from the first page
New Books
This is a tale that will appeal to lovers of science fiction, science fact, murder, espionage, and thrillers. Highly recommended
Promoting Crime Fiction
Hadfield uses historical and technical detail to drive a gripping mix of twists and Cold War politics
The Times
This is a gripping and convincing thriller, as a spaceship makes a wonderfully claustrophobic crime scene
Mail on Sunday
A spry action-adventure romp, crammed with technical detail, that sprinkles real-life figures amid the fictional characters. Since Hadfield has himself flown in a space shuttle and served aboard the International Space Station, he writes with authority but also with a surprisingly astute grasp of what makes a thriller work
Financial Times

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