The Pilgrim Project Author:Hank Searls This is the story on one man who is called upon by his country to take the gravest risk of all. In a gripping, relentlessly paced novel, Hank Searls boldly takes his readers behind the scenes and probes the great drama shaping today's headlines. "The Pilgrim Project" is the story of our race to the moon, and it is told in language so realistic, ... more »with characters so vividly alive, that we experience, as readers, all the triumphs and terrors of today's epic tale of cosmic adventure - our advance into outer space.
When a routine orbital flight is interrupted for no reason - and at a tremendous cost to the nation - official excuses are too lame to satisfy the press, and far too mysterious for a crew brought back to earth without apparent reason.
But one of the crew members, a famous colonel, does understand, and can scarcely conceal his elation, for he has long since been chosen for a top-secret project that will land him on the moon, and he knows that moment has come.
As Hank Searls masterfully probes the complex issues involved - psychological, moral, political, and personal - he draws on a tremendous cast. There are the astronauts and their families, brought vividly and intimately to life, with scientists and Congressmen, the President and members of his Cabinet - all inexorably drawn into ever-deepening conflicts, as the Pilgrim Project takes shape.
When the colonel is suddenly replaces by Steven Lawrence, a young civilian astronaut, because the Russians, to prove their peaceful intentions, are sending up a civilian specialist, our space experts and politicians, scientists and astronauts are plunged into a deadly secret debate over the purposes, the means, and the aims of a project that begins to seem more suicidal than heroic in proportions. And on still another level, the author bares the bitter secrets and very human fears, the envy, the failures and the exhausting labors that serve as a background to so massive an undertaking.« less