Underneath the Moon

  • by Dan Holt
  • Narrated by J. Scott Bennett
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Douglas Hastings' passion for anything NASA drove him to analyze a treasure trove of Moon photos taken during all Apollo missions. Doug had started to believe the conspiracy theories and rumors that had swirled for years; that NASA had discovered more than just rocks on the Moon and had conspired to keep the rest of the world in the dark.
A super computer's enhancement and compilation of the old photos proved his belief and sent him on a quest that has now revealed revolutionary new space travel technology and will enable him to lead a group on a return journey to explore ancient ruins on the lunar surface. But Doug's pursuit of the truth and discovery of a destroyed GLASS city on the Moon pale in comparison to what lies underneath the lunar surface. What he finds will solve the mystery of a long-dead Apollo Astronaut and provide clues to the missing elements of Earth's ancient history. But, even he isn't prepared for the discovery that will reveal the past and change the future of mankind; FOREVER!

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Very Good, But Could Use Some Changes/Updates

I was very excited about the story line of this book. As soon as I read the description, I had high hopes. For the most part, I got my wish. It was a good story with believable characters, but it wasn't without its flaws.

The story begins with a researcher discovering a city on the moon by using a super computer to resolve moon images. The ruins, made almost completely of glass, have remained hidden from earth's view. He shares this information with his wife and several trusted friends who are determined to tell the world of the discovery by bringing back the first real alien artifacts. The first half of the book is focused around gathering the people, the new technology, and the money to enable them to travel to the moon and explore the ruins of the thousand mile long city. All the while, a secret government agent is following them to discover how much they know and, if necessary, silence them.
When they do finally get to the moon, what they discover could change everything that humanity has believed for thousands of years about their origins and place in the universe. If that isn't enough, it soon becomes apparent that they are not the first people from earth to make it to the city...

As I said, just the concept of the book was fascinating. I really enjoyed the whole thing, and must have listened to it in almost one day. Having said that, I think there were a few things that could have been better...
First, I found the whole concept of an "invisible city" to be a little hard to believe. The author describes the city as covering the majority of the face of the moon. Even if the city were made of glass, I don't think it would have gone as unnoticed as the author suggests... Second, the technology seemed to be a little out of date to me. I didn't expect them to be building Star Trek type ships and flying to the moon, but the equipment and technology the characters were using left something to be desired. Even the tech that they find on the moon seemed a little dull. Third, I found the whole sub-plot with the secret government agent to be unfulfilled. He essentially disappears once the main characters leave earth, and you never really find out who he was, what he was covering up, or anything about him.
The whole book could also have been a bit longer...

All in all, I thought this was a good listen. It's rare that I listen to any audio books as quickly as this one...

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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- Striker "Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!"

Surprisingly entertaining.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Most audiobooks are time well spent, and this offering is not exception. It does have some editing, continuity and thematic issues ( how many times do people eat breakfast or lunch in space, etc.) but on balance it's rather entertaining.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It does have some aspects of the YA fiction, but then adult themes come out. It does need enhanced authenticity in terms of research, and can be niave some times, but on balance it has the core of an interesting story.


Which scene was your favorite?

The initial discovery of the crystal city is interesting and well drawn.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I saw "Interstellar" so I could see this one as well.


Any additional comments?

I received this book from Audioblast for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I actually had this book in my wish list at Audible before I received it, and found it entertaining.

The performer does a reasonably good job of keeping the characters consistent, and the journey is interesting. The conclusion seems rushed, and the book does suffer from an editing need. All that said, it is a reasonably good offering, and I recommend it with qualifications.

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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2015
  • Publisher: MaxHoltMedia