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Overview A historic international space mission explodes with crimes and crises after scientists receive information from outer space about how to reverse the aging process. However, U.S. Representative Scott Andrews begins to doubt the motives of these "benign" extraterrestrial messengers and learns that they harbor designs of biblical proportions against the entire earth.
Publishers Description A historic international space mission explodes with crimes and crises after scientists, engaged in a moon-mining expedition, receive information from outer space about how to reverse the aging process. Corporate espionage, murders, political assassinations, and finally, the threat of a new Cold War follow a revolutionary message on the human genome from mysterious and possibly demonic beings from another dimension. U.S. Representative Scott Andrews begins to doubt the motives of these "benign" messengers and suspects that they harbor designs of biblical proportions against the entire earth. This political/sci-fi/spiritual thriller pulls the reader onto a roller-coaster plot, with twists and turns through cutting-edge space and energy technology, genetic manipulation, back-room political machinations, and international intrigue on the highest levels.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2002
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785266852 ISBN13 9780785266853
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More About William Proctor & David Weldon
William Proctor is the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of more than seventy books, including the bestsellers Beyond Reason, How Miracles Can Change Your Life, and Controlling Cholesterol. He is also the author of The Last Star, a critically acclaimed techno-thriller. Proctor has also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry-trained JAG officer (captain) and a military judge, and is a Vietnam veteran.
William Proctor currently resides in Vero Beach, in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Moongate A Novel?
Moongate Oct 26, 2006
Moongate by William Proctor and David J. Weldon, M. D. is a novel for the science-minded individual.
The novel is set a few years into the future and presents some realistic predictions of technology that could conceivably develop by then, if some of it is not already here. Moongate is heavy with technology and suspense.
Scott Andrews is the central character. His job is to coordinate the construction of a laser-based fusion generator on the moon that will produce enough energy to allow Earth to forgo its dependency on fossil fuels for electricity.
An international team of scientists is headed for final training in Houston. Before all of them can arrive one of the members is killed in a car accident. His substitute is a Russian scientist with some suspicious philosophies. Andrews is unhappy with the new member and his associate, but there is nothing that can be done at that point without delaying the mission.
A series of accidents casts doubt on the success of the venture as the book unfolds. Scott Andrews receives information from his assistant back on Earth that exposes a secret, secondary experiment some of the team is planning. Can Andrews stop the experiment in order to focus on the primary mission in time? Then the group receives a mysterious message. What does it mean? Who sent it? What impact will it have on the final outcome of the mission?
Though the writing in Moongate was a little stiff and technical, I enjoyed the story.
Don't trust the blurb on the back Jun 14, 2004
While story kept my attention, I must complain that the book is not much like the blurb on the back cover. The worm hole piece of the story only comes into play on page 200, 2/3 of the way through the book. Save for the last hundred pages, the book is otherwise a standard spy thriller adventure.
First half of a good book Jan 31, 2003
If this book was finished, I'd give it 4 or 5 stars. Unfortunately, it ends right in the middle of the story, with the majority of the plotlines left unfinished and hardly any loose ends tied. And that's a shame, because up until the last few pages it's a really good book that is hard to put down (other reviewers have done a good job reviewing the actual story, so I won't repeat them here). But the authors either ran out of time in the middle of their story and had to hand something over to the publisher or think it's OK for a story to depend on a sequel rather than building the foundation for one. My recommendation is to wait until the sequel is published then buy both books together so you have a complete story.
An exhilarating adventure on the moon and earth! Oct 1, 2002
Authors William Proctor and David J. Weldon's novel, MOONGATE, takes place on two settings - the earth and moon. The year is 2017. Scott Andrews, U.S. Representative and Chairman of the House Space Committee, heads a special mission to the moon. The group consists of an international (Russia, Israel, Australia, Japan and Russia) team of scientist-astronauts that will set up a nuclear fusion plant to resolve the earth's energy crises. On the moon, the scientists create a wormhole and mysteriously receive powerful information from an unknown source. It is information that advances human knowledge ten-fold on how to eradicate illnesses, prolong life and enhance genetic engineering. This is a wonderful discovery except that this data in the wrong hands would cause more harm than help. The entire human race could change with unknown consequences. The main characters have to make a decision about what to do with the information. Meanwhile, on earth, several covert activities affecting the moon venture take place. Certain country leaders have a deeper agenda than that of the special energy project and particular people want Andrews out of the way. Colleen Barker, the congressman's chief of staff and Michael James (one of the main characters from Proctor's earlier novel, THE LAST STAR) help investigate.
MOONGATE is a dynamic science fiction, political thriller with Christian themes that add an extra special quality to the book. Each chapter is full of surprises. The storyline gradually unfolds so that all the characters and their actions are believable and hold your attention. The suspense is laid out so well that you can't wait to get to the next chapter. If you choose to read MOONGATE before bedtime, like I did, you may find it hard to get some sleep. You'll be sorely tempted to stay up all night to finish the book. I kept saying to myself, "Just one more chapter, then I'll put the book down. Just one more chapter." I always enjoy reading Proctor's books because they are not only entertaining but also educational.
Publishers Weekly comments that Proctor "shows promise of becoming the Christian Tom Clancy." That's no lie. I look forward to reading more of his books like MOONGATE.
Intriguing but unoriginal and underdeveloped idea Jul 17, 2002
I was moderately impressed by Proctor's previous novel, "The Last Star", and so looked forward to this collaborative effort. It turns out to be a sequel of sorts to the earlier work, with the protagonist from "The Last Star" appearing in a supporting role here. The book also leaves itself wide open for a third installment. And that is part of its problem.
The writing quality is definitely improved, but the hook of the novel is delayed until very late, and then left hanging. The idea of the human race coming into possession of information that would result in perfect health and indefinite lifespans is interesting, but not new - it is much better developed in Donald Moffitt's "Genesis Quest" and "Second Genesis" (and the means of getting the information is very similar in Moffitt too). However, the moral and ethical issues deserve close examination and Proctor and Weldon attempt to do this, but fail. Because the introduction of the information comes late in the book, the opportunity to investigate this aspect is limited to a brief discussion between a Christian Russian physicist and an agnostic American doctor on a moon station. Presumably, the ethical issues will be developed further in a third book. Given that the information is left, at the end of the book, in the hands of the Russian Mafia, this seems likely.
Additionally, a miraculous (literally) escape from a shootout at Kennedy Space Center in the closing chapters also rings untrue. It comes over as a very convenient deus ex machina device to get the main character out of a tough situation.