By Homer Hickam

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The commute is hijacked. Now the countdown to experience begins....

In his no 1 New York Times bestselling memoir, October Sky, real-life NASA engineer Homer Hickam captured the buzz of America's first house ventures. Now, during this no-holds-barred joyride of a mystery, he straps us into the cockpit of the distance trip Columbia as a renegade rocket guy hijacks the shuttle--and blasts off on a Mach-speed chase into space....

Jack Medaris is a guy haunted via his earlier and pushed through a dream: He's risking every little thing to "borrow" the Columbia--and pilot it to the moon. He didn't plan on an unforeseen passenger, attractive famous person daredevil and scientist Penny excessive Eagle. To Penny, this hijacking will try out every piece of her mettle as an adventurer--and as a girl. To Jack, the venture is a private quest--to go back to the moon and produce again what the United States left at the back of, anything so explosive, it may well swap the way forward for the realm. Now, because the U.S....

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Not with the old man drinking the way he is, sitting alone in that haunted house with too many stairs and too many memories. Not with the firm making so little money. And not, Burke thought, not with me treading the days as if they were water. The truth was: Kate was gone, and she wouldn’t be coming back. That was a fact. But it wasn’t just a fact. It was a circumstance so massive as to constitute its own dimension. For Burke and the old man, Kate’s absence was their longitude and latitude, intangible as space, but just as real—and just as empty.

So let’s do it then,” d’Anconia said. Reaching into his coat, he pulled out a leather wallet, fat with bills. Counting out thirteen one-hundred-euro notes, he laid them on the desk in a sort of fan. Burke gathered the bills together, and put them in a lockbox in the bottom drawer. Then he wrote out a receipt, and handed it to d’Anconia. “So I can forward everything to the address in your passport? ” D’Anconia looked thoughtful for a moment, then shook his head. “I’m not going to be there for a while.

For you—falafel! For us, green cards! He told Hakim: I don’t need a bodyguard, much less two—much less the Fukwitz twins! The Arab insisted, and maybe he was right. Beneath its veneer of Gallic and Arab civility, Lebanon was a tinderbox. Always had been, always would be. And Baalbek was just…so much kindling. A flyblown crossroads in the Bekaa Valley, the city lay at the foot of a long, bare hill, crowned by the Sheikh Abdullah barracks. This was the fort where American hostages had been kept, chained to radiators and pipes, during the 1980s.

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