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It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth.

Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission. Crater doubts himself, but has no choice. He must go.

With the help of Maria, the mine owner’s frustrating but gorgeous granddaughter, and his gillie—a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells—Crater must fight both human and subhuman enemies. He’ll battle his way across a thousand miles of deadly lunar terrain and face genetically altered super warriors in his quest to recover an astonishing object that will alter the lives of everyone on the moon.

“Long-haul trucking on the Moon . . . with raiders, romance and a secret mission . . . High adventure on the space frontier.” —Kirkus Reviews

Contributor(s) Homer Hickam
About the Contributor(s) Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the #1 New York Times memoir Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the popular film October Sky. A writer since grade school, he is also a Vietnam veteran, a former coal miner, a scuba instructor, an avid amateur paleontologist, and a retired engineer. He lives in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

ISBN-10 1401686966
ISBN-13 9781401686963
Release Date Jan 1, 2013
Weight (lbs) 0.6700
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 320
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $9.99
Series A Helium-3 Novel
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by J.C.
Overall Rating
I could easily overlook the stiff prose, the lack of natural speech and language progression and the sometimes stilted answers of a main character who is supposed to be highly intelligent… but the presentation of biological evolution as “truth” was just too much for me.

The book would be so much more enjoyable, in my humble opinion, without the patent nonsense that “scientists” like to try and pass off as truth.

It’s too bad really…

The story itself isn’t a bad one. It’s a great idea and I’m certain more than a few mainstream readers have greatly enjoyed it but anyone who actually believes the Bible, knows that the story is also filled with nonsense.

It doesn’t really matter if everything on earth looks 6,000 years old or 6 Billions years old. We weren’t there so we’ll never really know anyway and I don’t understand what people think they’re going to accomplish by arguing about it constantly .

If you believe that God created the Earth and the stars and the heavens, you have to believe that evolution is nonsense.

I’ve never understood how so many people have been so easily taken in by this theory of evolution. I truly do not understand how people would rather believe the fallacy of such a theory rather than believe in God. And for those who claim to believe in God, it is so much more disturbing that they would then take this theory as truth as well. That is most likely the source of my greatest disappointment. Here is a writer who I have admired for years and I discover that, not only does he believe this ridiculous idea, but he goes about claiming to be a “Christian” while spouting it as “truth”.

Now, you have two choices from here. You can take the entire book as fiction – including the nonsense that is presented as “science”. Or, you can enjoy the fast-paced, danger-filled adventure and try to ignore the nonsense. It’s up to you.


If you chose to introduce this book to your teens or pre-teens - be aware that, as they read about the thrilling adventure and the extreme danger that faces our two main characters, it will be far too easy for them to be caught up in the story and confused by the false concepts presented. If you are a strong believer in the bible, keep that in mind when considering these novels for your young adults.

Sadly, I did not receive this book free in exchange for an honest review.

I purchased it at full price at a writer’s conference – in order to support the author, having no idea of the ridiculousness that lurked inside the pages. (Posted on 6/3/2014)

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