Lunar Descent (Near-Space, Book 3)

By Allen Steele

The former head of a lunar mining operation returns to the moon and is straight away sucked right into a harmful morass of work problems, lies, larceny, and company wrongdoing during this wildly wonderful technological know-how fiction thrill ride.

There is gigantic difficulty at the moon. The blue-collar operating stiffs of Descartes Station, who mine the outside for minerals and the North Pole for water, became more and more disillusioned with Skycorp’s basic overlook for its employees’ healthiness. Following the newest spate of layoffs, the hard work strike grumblings have merely grown louder, so the corporate is sending former base administrator and getting better alcoholic Lester Riddell again into the fold in an try and advance morale and output alike.
The fact, besides the fact that, turns into shockingly obvious to Riddell presently upon his go back. not just has he been unceremoniously dumped right into a muddled mess of larceny, piracy, and company malfeasance, it seems that Skycorp is purposely environment him as much as fail—which may spell finis for Descartes Station and each trash-talking, pot-smoking, porn-loving Vacuum Sucker and Moondog who toils there. yet because the Skycorp fits are approximately to find, they’ve simply made the largest mistake in their company lives—because Lester Riddell is nobody’s fall guy.
Three-time Hugo Award winner Allen Steele has noticeable the close to destiny, and it isn’t pretty—it’s noisy, soiled, harmful, and chaotic. exciting, wildly artistic, delightfully profane, and completely outrageous, Lunar Descent is one hell of rocket experience, with a grasp of technology fiction on the helm.

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