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Former astronaut Scott Blackstone's dream of opening outer space to visits from everyday people is under attack. His pilot program has been marred by a fatal accident, he's out of a job, and he's being sued for a billions dollars. And it's beginning to seem that the "accident" wasn't at all accidental.Then the endless conflict between India and Pakistan heats up...and PakiFormer astronaut Scott Blackstone's dream of opening outer space to visits from everyday people is under attack. His pilot program has been marred by a fatal accident, he's out of a job, and he's being sued for a billions dollars. And it's beginning to seem that the "accident" wasn't at all accidental.Then the endless conflict between India and Pakistan heats up...and Pakistan explodes a nuclear device in the upper atmosphere, frying electronics on earth and in space, and putting the crew of the international Space Station at risk. With the Shuttle fleet grounded, only a secret skunkworks project known to Scott and his old friends can save the space station's stranded crew.The Return is a tale about the kind of space adventure that could happen today--and that will happen tomorrow. As told by Buzz Aldrin, who's been there...and who's already helped change the world....

Title : The Return
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ISBN : 9780812570601
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Return Reviews

  • Lynn
    2019-04-07 17:19

    3.5 stars. I bought this at a book sale mainly because of Buzz Aldrin's name on the cover. It's a pretty fast paced read, told from the POV's of 3 characters: Scott, a former astronaut turned space program exec, his ex-wife Thalia, an attorney and his brother Nick, a research chief for a major aerospace firm. Unfortunately there is little that differentiates their POVs, so you have to pay attention to who the chapter title says is speaking. Also the characters are fairly flat, but they move the plot along. There are two plots in this book: a shuttle mission carrying a famous "Citizen Observer" suffers a catastrophic accident resulting in 2 deaths, and Pakistan launches a nuclear device in space that knocks out all the communication satellites and threatens the lives of the ISS crew. At times this book is a page turner; at other times it gets bogged down in mind numbing scientific details and minutiae. There are a series of fictional space rocket components made by Nick's company that all began with the name "Star". It was almost impossible to keep than straight. The villain in the book is painfully obvious. It was written in 2000 so there are references to VCRs and maybe going to Mars by 2019. 😁If it's possible to have a beach read about space, this would be it. It doesn't challenge you at all. There is a little bit of pontificating about the space program, but given who one of the authors is, that's allowable.

  • Kristin Lundgren
    2019-03-29 20:12

    Scott Blackstone comes from a family of aerospace pioneers. HIs family owned one of the largest suppliers to NASA. HIs brother Nick, at (Republic Wright) continues the tradition, while Scott has worked on starting a company called Sharespace, where they buy seats from a company, ASU, that has access to the empty berths on the space shuttle, and sells them to civilians. Only a few have gone up, and the latest one to buy a seat is Michael James - a beloved and a legendary basketball star with a childhood passion for all things space. They are certain that his likability, but also his knack for being articulate, yet relatable, will make him the perfect candidate to increase business.1969 is the year the Mars Four, 4 friends - Scott, Rick, Eddie Killeret (CEO of the Republic rival Curtis), and Scott's now ex wife, but then childhood friend for summers at the beach, Thalia, now a lawyer. That summer was the launch of one of the space missions and they decide to form a group, called the Mars Four, and meet again, on the same beach in 50 years, and see where they have gotten on the quest for Mars. They are certain it can be done. But space moves slowly, and by about 20-30 years later, they hadn't gotten much further. Such childhood things were forgotten and pushed to the back of the mind, and life gets in the way.But then the unthinkable happens - a tragedy occurs when the space shuttle with Michael James runs into trouble, and Scott, along with other aerospace companies, is being sued - Scott, for allowing Michael to go up, knowing the dangers, and not making Michael properly aware of them. But Scott knows that Michael was fully aware of the dangers involved, both because of his passion for the program, and from his briefings. But as Scott tries to find a lawyer, he can't - no one will take his case. He is being blackballed from the industry. The James family has hired a slimy lawyer representing MJ's mother, and it seems that there are deep pockets somewhere, buying up all the talent in town as "expert consultants." Somebody wants Scott out of business. Then comes the startling results from the investigation into the tragedy and how it happened. Scott and his family, and now his ex-wife, taking on his case for him, try to fight back, and find out who is behind all this and why. A good solid look at the aerospace industry, how it works, and an interesting plot. The characters aren't well-developed, but they are good people, and you want to root for them. And Buzz Aldrin provides an insider's view.

  • Matthew Connolly
    2019-03-25 15:06

    There is a decent story at the core of this book, but what ought to be exciting — mysterious accidents, high-profile lawsuits, the crippling of the world's entire orbital capability, a race against time to save brave astronauts — is rendered terminally dull by the bland and awkward writing.Much of the story is recounted, not experienced: the narrators explain to the reader what is happening, or what happened, with passionless voice. Neither death threats nor serious accident to a loved one nor global catastrophe nor escape from legal concerns conjures much in the way of emotion. Much of the story unfolds in business meetings concerning lawyers and upper-management businessmen: fine if you're John Grisham, but an odd choice for a space-saboteur story.The stoic characters share the narrative, as the authors made the dangerous choice to rotate among three first-person perspectives as the book unfolds. My opinion is that this should never be done without very good reason. If done well (e.g., Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury), it can be very effective; more often than not, though, it jars the reader out of the story and just looks amateurish. In this case, there is no evident reason to switch from Scott's perspective to Thalia's to Nick's and back to Thalia's. Indeed, none of them have any dimensionality; without their little name tags at the beginning of a section to show who's speaking, there would be no way of distinguishing one narrator from another. The choice of narrator also seems quite arbitrary at times, bearing no relation to the action at hand. Thus the reader occasionally encounters odd combinations, such as a human rights lawyer expounding on the physics of radiation and the Earth's magnetic field. The first narrator the reader encounters is sidelined for most of the remaining story, with the other characters playing more important roles.All in all, I can't recommend this book. I did finish it. As I said, the story itself is .. okay (though the revelation of the local villain comes as no surprise), but ultimately, it's not worth the trouble to dig it out from the way it's written.

  • Broodingferret
    2019-04-19 18:27

    I picked this up mainly because I was curious if Buzz Aldrin was a decent writer, and it seems that he is, though it could also be the case that he simply works well with John Barnes. This is solidly grounded and well-researched fiction, all of the events eminently believable. The authors manage to tell a story that is rather mundane, though still exciting, and the conversational tone of the first-person narration makes the pages turn quickly. The three main characters are a little too similar in voice and personality, but not enough to stall things or really damage the book. The character of Clifford Welch also had a touch of deus ex machina to him, as his involvement allows some plot point to be tied up rather neatly, but it's not enough to really complain about. Overall an entertaining read.

  • John Nicholas
    2019-03-27 19:04

    Entertaining thriller about a guy who is trying to create a space tourism market and get embroiled in all kinds of problems when a sports star is killed in an accident. The politics and technology of is very detailed and the plot fairly intricate without becoming over-complicated. The writing is very direct and straight-forward. Good some summer reading kind of book.

  • Darryl
    2019-04-10 20:08

    This story from Buzz Aldrin reads almost like an alternate US space history - one in which the government allowed private business to take up the space tourist business. What makes this story a little more poignant is that the space shuttle Columbia places a significant role in the story. The pace keeps the reader flipping from page to page, and the storyline makes you want to believe that this type of R&D is really happening in the private sector. My only gripe is that Aldrin could have been a little more creative in creating one of the main civilian characters instead of simply using a caricature of Michael Jordan.

  • Will Waller
    2019-04-03 14:25

    Do you want to waste your life reading something that spends some of its time as a science book, other times as a calendar description, and other times as a romance? Then this is the book for you. In fact, if you want my nominee for Worst Book Read in 2017, this would make the list. Alongside The Return is the instruction manual for toilet paper and whatever Trump is tweeting these days. Seriously, this book is a garbage fire. Avoid.

  • Andy
    2019-03-28 13:22

    There's a decent 90 page novella in here somewhere. It's buried in 300+ pages of exhaustive narration detailing mundane rides to the airport, the minutiae of reading office email, and chopping all of the individual ingredients for dinner.

  • Matt Kelland
    2019-04-08 20:13

    If there's anyone who knows about what it's like to actually work in space, it's Buzz Aldrin. The material is a little dated - it predates SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, for example - but it's still a cracking good read.

  • Denise
    2019-04-03 16:21

    Wow! Even taking into account the dated daily technology, this book was excellent and could easily be set in 2017. I added it to my staff picks shelf at the library. :)

  • Patrick S.
    2019-03-28 14:10

    Nothing happens! There is no Return to anything! Other than a few launches of satellites towards the end. You have a group of people who were young and suppose to do all these great things to get man into space and at the end of the still have that "oh ya, we were going to do that weren't we?" then the book ends! Usually when I own a book - I keep it. I NEEDED to sell this to a used bookstore in the hopes that it would not leave the boring stain on my soul. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!

  • Andreas
    2019-04-09 17:16

    After the fantastic Encounter with Tiber, I was hoping that Aldrin and Barnes would pull off another great epic story. In this respect, I was sadly disappointed. The Return is still a good SciFi yarn. It’s a near space, near future story which fictionalizes what I assume to be Aldrin’s hopes for humanity’s return to serious space travel. Worth picking up if you’re into this sort of thing, but nothing very special.

  • Hillary
    2019-04-18 12:27

    It has been a while since I read this. Buzz has spent most of his years since Apollo promoting the return to space exploration. Not just venturing to the space station for short stints, but travel back to the moon and beyond. If I remember he discusses in his book where we need to be going and the means we need to get there. I enjoyed it.

  • Cara
    2019-04-05 16:00

    i loved it because I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was 13 and figured I spend my 25th wedding anniversary on the moon. That hasn't happened and I'm disappointed. This book features a group of teens called the Mars Four who vow to get to Mars and what happens to them as adults. Predictable ending but a fun ride.

  • Dave Milbrandt
    2019-04-07 19:16

    This book is better than the original (3.5 stars perhaps), but since it tells a story in the middle of the narratives and does not continue with the main tale from the previous book, it is a bit disappointing.

  • Dick Gullickson
    2019-04-11 12:01

    3.5 Interesting book for the space enthusiast. Buzz Aldrin writes a thriller about a former astronaut who saves the international space station crew after an India-Pakistan nuclear war wipes out low earth orbit satellites and threatens the crew with high radiation levels.

  • Anthony Faber
    2019-04-04 14:09

    Near future space opera again, but characters are pretty cardboard, although there is the amusement of their predictions from 2000 about the future of the space program.

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  • Janice
    2019-04-14 17:25

    The story itself was great. The reader of this book was very monotoned. I could not tell which character he was most of the time.

  • Jeff Youngstrom
    2019-04-16 13:19

    my review