The Apollo Murders Review (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield)

This Apollo Murders review is the second on my list of books to read in 2022. I admit that it appealed to me more because it was written by Chris Hadfield than because the premise sounded great – because I hadn’t even read the description by the time I’d decided I would get it! It had been years since I’d been interested in NASA or the International Space Station, but Hadfield changed that with his incredible documentation of his time there on social media.

The Apollo Murders Review

Astronaut Chris Hadfield took the most incredible pictures from space that I’d ever seen, and he’d captioned them magnificently. That said, I wouldn’t have seen a single one of them if it wasn’t for the fact that he brought his acoustic guitar into space with him and recorded a video of him singing his rendition of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie while he was up there. In the first three days after he’d posted it on YouTube, it got over 10 million views, and I was at least five of them.

From there, I kept up with what he had to share.  When he announced that he was publishing a fiction book called The Apollo Murders, I knew it had to be on my list. Any astronaut who was that cool had to have a great story in his head, right?

The idea behind this novel – without spoiling it – is that the Apollo missions had continued.  Still facing the Cold War, three astronauts were headed into space on the 18th mission.  Of course, since there’s a book about it, that means that everything did not go smoothly.  After all, why would Hadfield write a novel about a space flight in which absolutely everything goes swimmingly?

A Fascinating Premise

The Apollo Murders ReviewThe heart of this review of The Apollo Murders is that I greatly enjoyed the concept and felt that it was very well written.  It was thrilling and exciting. I could tell that Hadfield was writing about what he knew because the authenticity of the story was more than obvious. By weaving that into the cat-and-mouse game between the US and Russia, there was pretty tense at times.

Still, I hate to say that it went a bit over the top for my personal taste. It was extremely well laid out, but the technical detail had me lost at some points. It felt heavy in that regard, when I didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary. Since that didn’t happen to by my particular preference for reading, it didn’t appeal to me. Nor did some of the choices made seemingly for shock value. I just didn’t need the gore. It went graphic when this type of story would have been better served to have left certain things out. Outcomes could have been suggested and accepted without having been described in every minute stomach-turning detail.

Final Thoughts for This Review of The Apollo Murders

On the whole, this was a positively fascinating novel, and I applaud Hadfield’s step into fiction writing – yet another of the hundreds of things he’s strikingly good at.  This story was good enough that I would go to the movie if it were ever made, and I’d certainly buy another fiction book by Hadfield if he should ever write one.

Thanks for reading my The Apollo Murders review. If you missed my last review, please have a look at what I thought of the Perspective series book 1, Love at First Plight.

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