Dark Side of the Moon
by Alan Jacobson is another “OPSIG Team Black”
adventure. This story will literally take people to a new
dimension. Readers will feel they are on a journey on F-18
fighter planes and a trip to the moon while combating espionage,
the dark secrets of the moon, and kidnapping.
Jacobson commented, “After reading this article about
Apollo 17 bringing back moon rocks I had an idea that maybe
they could be used for military purposes. Since I do not write
science fiction I needed to do a lot of research and worked
with some awesome people. I talked with an engineer who worked
on the Space Shuttle and is currently working on a NASA project.
The different organizations that cooperated were NASA, JPL,
Lockheed, and SPACEX. People helped me to work out the logistics
of how the mission should be carried out. Even though it was
quite an endeavor, given the opportunity I would do it again.
Mainly, because I have been fascinated with space, growing
up with Star Trek and the Apollo missions.”
Readers find out that after returning to the earth in 1972
Apollo 17 brought back some classified items. Discovering
its importance, a NASA engineer leaks the information to foreign
governments. Now there is a race to the moon to find an element
called Caesarium. If found it can be used to produce a weapon
with an ultimate magnitude of destruction, that has important
military applications. In order to stop China and Russia Hector
DeSantos and Aaron Uziel (Uzi) join with two astronauts on
a mission called Operation Containment. They must prevent
Caesarium from being brought back.
Meanwhile back on earth, Karen Vail and company have determined
that the mission has been sabotaged and they must find out
the mole who did it Karen Vail and her colleague Alexandra
Rusakov will have to find the mole and destroy the spy ring
that planted malware on the ships that are now headed for
the Moon. To complicate matters Hector’s father is kidnapped
and will be used as leverage.
The author likes to venture out and write new stories. His
last book, Darkness of Evil, and his next book will
delve into serial killers. “As a writer, I want to keep
fresh and different. I want to challenge my characters and
myself to acclimate to new environments. Karen Vail has been
to Paris, England, and Spain maneuvering through the different
cultures, places, laws, and law enforcement. I think this
current book about moon elements is extremely relevant. Space
can help with our military readiness that includes determining
logistics. We need to maintain our superiority in space and
should applaud our President’s efforts to reinvigorate
our space program. We need a moon base to collect natural
resources and use it as a spring board to get to another planet.”
Space is coming to the forefront once again. This believable
story shows the importance of America keeping its space superiority.
It also highlights how Karen Vail must maneuver through lies,
betrayals, and disloyalties to find the culprits.
Reviews of other titles by this author
Lost Codex OPSIG Team Black #3
Side of the Moon - OPSIG Team Black #4
1577 Karen Vail #4
Karen Vail #6
of the Month 2011