Ascent by Jed Mercurio audiobook

Ascent: A Novel

By Jed Mercurio
Read by Todd McLaren

Tantor Audio 9780743298223

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200144556

  • ISBN: 9798200144549

  • ISBN: 9798200144563

Runtime: 7.40 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Fascinated with the secrets still surrounding the Soviet Union's race against the Americans to put a man on the moon, Jed Mercurio proposes a compelling scenario: What if the Americans weren't the first? And with its inscrutable but intriguing hero, Yefgeni Yeremin, a brilliant Soviet cosmonaut, Ascent allows us to imagine what that terrifying journey might have been like. Yeremin, a Soviet MiG pilot, rises from the privation of a Stalingrad orphanage to the heights of the cosmonaut corps. During the Korean War, as a member of an elite squadron, he shoots down the most American fighter jets—a feat that should make him a national hero, but because the Soviets' involvement in the war is secret, Yeremin's victories go unreported. When he is recalled from obscurity to join the race to the moon, he realizes it is his chance for immortality. In hypnotic, deceptively spare prose, Mercurio tells a haunting tale that questions the power of ideology and the nature of fate.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping action scenes.” Publishers Weekly
Todd McLaren narrates admirably.... The experience could be described as a Soviet version of APOLLO 13. AudioFile
“A stunning debut from a writer who bears close attention.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Jed Mercurio

Author Bio: Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio trained as a doctor and joined the Royal Air Force while at medical school. He adapted his first novel, Bodies, into an award-winning drama for the BBC and is currently developing an American version for the Showtime Network. He lives outside London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 7.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English