Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:7.96in x 5.33 x 0.76 in | 0.56 lb
Page Count:352 pages
CELEBRATED AUTHOR: Jeffrey Kluger is an accomplished science writer and the author of eleven books, including APOLLO 13, and several YA books. A consultant on the Ron Howard/Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 for technical details, he was then invited to be on set and appear as a television reporter in the movie. HOLDOUT is his first novel for adults, and marks an exciting new chapter in his career.
EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT PACING: The clock is always ticking as lines of communication are manipulated, violence erupts, fires explode in the Brazilian jungle, and children are put in mortal danger. As our lone astronaut makes her play for justice, will she make it back to earth safely?
SURGING INTEREST IN SPACE FLIGHT: With the privatization of the space industry, there is increased media coverage of all things space (thanks SpaceX!), and Kluger and his first adult novel are well positioned to fit into ongoing media interest.
GREAT PUBLICITY CONTACTS: Kluger is well known to everyone interested in science and space, from Bill Nye to Neil deGrasse Tyson, editors at NYT, WSJ, all the science magazines, NPR producers, not to mention TIME magazine, and a host of media contacts who will be eager to support his new book.
Praise for Holdout
“Jeffrey Kluger has created a sweeping yet intimate tale about the destruction of the natural environment and human lives…. All of the settings are crystal clear through the writing, the technical details convincing, and the characters and their motivations inarguable. Beckwith’s journey toward her goal makes this book a compulsive, and sometimes wrenching, page turner. Highly recommended.”—National Space Society
“[An] action-packed thriller of a novel.”—Time, “11 New Books You Should Read in August”
“Mr. Kluger knows all about the tech, having written books about Apollo 8, Apollo 13, and the whole space program, but it’s his constant switching from Earth to orbit, from Houston to Moscow, from rainforest to Washington, DC, that keeps the pot boiling. This is near-future sci-fi in the age of social media.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Holdout will keep you hanging on right up until the final pages as Kluger deftly manages to keep the high-octane thrills and the threat to the burning rainforest going all the way through to the dramatic finale.”—Bookreporter
“Just terrific…Readers will be flipping the pages as fast as they can to find out what happens next.”—Booklist
“Kluger smoothly covers the technical aspects of life on the ISS and neatly contrasts international cooperation in space with conflict back on Earth. Readers who enjoyed Kluger’s depiction of the Apollo 13 rescue effort will appreciate the reciprocity of a rescue of Earth from space.”—Publishers Weekly
“Interlacing high-stakes action with ethical urgency, Holdout is a large-hearted thriller whose reluctant heroine—the astronaut-turned-activist Walli Beckwith—reminds us that the least likely platforms can be used to spark change.”—Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
“Holdout is a beautiful, character-driven story that moves the reader seamlessly from the Amazon basin to the International Space Station. It is brilliant, both technically in its descriptions of an astronaut’s mission, and as a literary tour de force that moves the human heart.”—Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (2009–2013), and coauthor of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War
“One of those rare books that is both a ripping good read and a parable for our times. Holdout doesn’t shy away from the big questions. It is deeply imagined, morally complex, and stayed with me long after the last page.”—Elliot Ackerman, author of Dark at the Crossing, a National Book Award finalist, and coauthor of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War
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