The Last Astronaut
A tense and thrilling science fiction adventure of space exploration and first contact, perfect for fans of The Martian, Arrival and Interstellar.
Sally Jansen was NASA's leading astronaut, until a mission to Mars ended in disaster. Haunted by her failure, Jansen now lives in semi-retirement, convinced her days in space are over.
A huge alien object has entered...more
This book deserves a better review than I have time available to give right now, so I must keep it brief.
This was science fiction with a bit of humor and a big bunch of tension. It was fast-paced, with well drawn, deep and fascinating characters. I especially loved Sally Jansen. This woman was one of the bravest characters I've ever read about it. She wasn't perfect and everyone knew i ...more
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings. Grateful for the review copy. So s ...more
I do love a good first contact tale and this one was a doozy- fast paced action, twists and turns, hugely imaginative throughout and utterly unpredictable. The scene setting is superb, the characters all intriguing and it’s one of those stories you just live the entire time you are reading it.
The science is utt ...more
Lol – so, I admit it. When I started reading this book, the background music in my mind was totally Ground Control to Major Tom. I was digging our space scenes, marveling at the amount of detail and danger that the author put into his book, and, even with some tragic scenes, kind of in a state of zen-enjoyment.
And then. Oh, and then…
The background music changed. Instead of David Bowie, I heard creaks and groans and drips and screams and tha ...more
Which is why it baffles me that I didn’t love it more than I ...more
The Last Astronaut, a science fiction book, was a solid 4 stars.
With a large cast of characters, The Last Astronaut centers around main character Sally Jansen, a retired astronaut that left NASA after disastrous mission. Sally is pulled out of retirement to lead an expedition when a large object is discovered to be heading towards Earth. This isn’t just any large object-it’s “behavior” is unlike any other, showing signs of possible intelligence. Terrifying and creepy stuff that science fiction ...more
Twenty years ago astronaut Sally Jansen was the central figure in a horrible space accident during the first mission to Mars that was the beginning of the end for the NASA crewed space program. Now, an object similar to Oumuamua, exce ...more
When a horrific incident scrapped her mission to Mars and turned her into the women who lost the second space race, Sally Janson never expected she'd return to space. Until a mysterious object brings NASA back into the forefront of importance and Sally back into a job—because she's the only person on Earth with the skills necessary to lead a mission to a potentially alien spacecraft.
I wasn't expecting this to be straight up horror, but that's exactly what it is. Think Annihilation with ...more
*I received this ARC from Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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This is the kind of story that would make a fantastic movie. While reading this novel, I kept envisioning the plot as a blockbuster movie with amazing cinematography. The story was fast paced and action packed with a few rather gory scenes that would be visually stunning on the big screen. I would not be surprised if this novel gets adapted in the future.
Unfortunately, the elements that make for an amazing film experience don’t necessarily work ...more
For years there has been a moratorium on manned space flight, and Sally Jensen can’t help but feel she’s responsible, after a decision of hers led to the death of crew mate on her last mission. It didn’t matter that her quick thinking also saved lives, the space programs of the world decided that it was too great a risk. But now, a mysterious object has been sighted entering our solar system, slowing makings its way toward ...more
Fast forward a couple of decades, and Dr. Sunny Stevens of KSpace approaches NASA with sensitive data that suggests the discovery of an alien spaceship not too far outside of ...more
Review copy via NetGalley.
** Minor spoilers ahead **
Twenty years ago, astronaut Sally Jensen was one of the few female astronauts heading the space race to Mars.
A disaster aboard her ship ended her career and left her demoralized and traumatized.
Now, twenty years later, a scientist working in the private sector has detected something strange in the solar system headed straight for Earth. An alien space craft.
And there is only one woman who can lead the expe ...more
I would have given this book five stars had the style been more intimate, a voice that was closer third person or even first person alternating third. ...more
The copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley.
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...
When I first read the blurb for The Last Astronaut the classic movie Event Horizon immediately came to mind. I hoped that I wouldn’t be in for just a science fiction book but a book that straddled the line into horror territory too. So, when things take a dark turn in the story and it does stray sublimely into horror I was immensely pleased!
Orion 6 had travelled further th ...more
An action-packed, adventure novel of alien first contact, as well as human social dynamics in space and under stress. The beginning starts off slowly, but the pace picks up. Some of the characters I loved, others I felt needed to be shoved out the nearest airlock. The alien was very alien and also (in the end), not so very strange. The ending was poignant.
The one thing I wasn't particularly thrilled about was the format of the book. The imaginary author is writing an in-world book about events a ...more
His career began in 2004 when he started serializing his horror fiction online, posting short chapters of a novel three times a week on a friend’s blog. Response to the projec ...more