Sex on the Moon

Sex on the Moon

The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

eBook - 2011
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In 2002, NASA fellow Thad Roberts hatched the most daring heist ever conceived: steal NASA's precious moon rocks. With the help of his girlfriend and another female cohort, both NASA interns, Roberts successfully stole the rocks. However, selling the invaluable stones proved to be Roberts' downfall.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385533935
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (308 p.)


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ArapahoeKati Aug 22, 2017

So this isn't really art theft, but a priceless artifact--some moon rocks owned by NASA--that was stolen to impress a girl. What have you done for love (or lust)?

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bookfanatic1979 Jul 02, 2014

I’m going to pass over my personal opinion of Thad’s actions and focus on the book itself. Mezrich strives to do much the same thing as the story unfolds. It’s a compelling read—almost like an espionage novel—especially once you realize the obvious and inevitable consequences of Axel’s intervention.

Dec 22, 2012

This is the first book that I've read by Ben Mezrich and I found his writing style to be entertaining and very easy to read. The story of this audacious heist is a little overblown though; read the book and you'll see what I mean. I enjoyed the book but was left wondering why anyone would throw away such opportunity for so little in return.

BeccaBB Sep 27, 2012

It’s an interesting story but…I was left a little puzzled. Not about how they pulled off the heist. But about Thad Roberts. I wanted to like this guy, but I didn’t. And if I couldn’t like him I wanted to at least understand him, but I didn’t. His backstory about his hard life growing up and how he overcame everything to get a job at NASA was inspiring but made what he did even harder for me to understand. His motives remain murky. The book did try to explain them but I was left at a loss as to how he made the jump from dedicated employee to thief. I don’t know if you were supposed to feel sorry for Thad or not. But I was left unmoved. I wanted him to get caught for thinking he could get away with it, for throwing away all that he had worked for and that other people would die to have, for not thinking about who would be hurt by his actions. I found the idea of the crime interesting and it does read like a crime thriller. It manages to have a certain sense of suspense even though you know what is going to happen. I also liked that you got an inside look at NASA to some extent. But I found myself frustrated at the characters here so at times reading this book was almost aggravating. I wanted to shout at these people and often found myself more interested in the secondary characters than I was in Thad. I like Mezrich’s writing, I just wish I liked the story better. But this being non-fiction I really can’t blame Mezrich for the actions of the characters. It reads quickly and is interesting in parts so it is worth reading if you are interested in true crime stories but I don’t think it is something that will stick with you too long after you finish reading the book.

Nov 27, 2011

Have read the first 141 pages in one setting. Excellent page turner of a book. I am really looking forward to reading the rest.

Nov 15, 2011

Thin plot, the entire heist is 4 pages out of the book. Would ahve been better as a short story or long newspaper article.

Jul 27, 2011

a breathless, juvenile really, account around a pretty thin plot, a high school prank essentially, more cocky in fact than daring, that went predictably viral, no winners, except maybe the author, who writes like a frat house witness, a newspaper article gone on too long


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Jan 02, 2015

..., if you couldn't sound ridiculous in a deserted Denny's situated on a lonely stretch of highway some where in the middle of bum-fuck Texas,...

Jan 02, 2015

..., it was immediately made illegal for American citizens to even own a real lunar sample.

Jan 02, 2015

... two-year mission-the rite of passage for every nineteen-year-old Mormon boy.


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