Author Tom Siegel will read from his debut novel, The Astronaut’s Son, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the Norwalk Community College Baker Library (East Campus building). The public is invited and there is no admission charge
The Astronaut’s Son was inspired by a true story of Nazi scientists and engineers at NASA.
In the book, U.S. astronaut Jonathan Stein thinks only a bad heart can stop him from reaching the moon. But when he discovers that his father, an Israeli astronaut working at NASA, may have been murdered to protect an appalling NASA secret, he must decide whether his moral compass still points toward the stars.
Days before the Apollo 18 launch in 1974, Jonathan’s father dies of an apparent heart attack. A year before his own launch, in 2005, Jonathan becomes captivated by the tale of a mysterious online conspiracy theorist who claims that his father had been killed. Unable to keep buried childhood suspicions from resurfacing, he reopens the case, digging into a past that becomes stranger and more compelling the deeper he goes.
This event will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing. Copies of the novel are available in the NCC Bookstore in the East Campus building.
“Seigel’s solid debut provides an intriguing and plausible variant on moon landing conspiracy theories. . . . Equally strong on plotting and characterization, Seigel does better than many other thriller writers in making his lead’s pain and uncertainty about the past palpable.” –Publishers Weekly