First Cosmic Velocity

First Cosmic Velocity

A stunningly imaginative novel about the Cold War, the Russian space program, and the amazing fraud that pulled the wool over the eyes of the world.It's 1964 in the USSR, and unbeknownst even to Premier Khrushchev himself, the Soviet space program is a sham. Well, half a sham. While the program has successfully launched five capsules into space, the Chief Designer and his...

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First Cosmic Velocity Reviews

  • Jonathan
    A lonely, despairing Soviet delirium.5/5...
  • Alex Helm
    This was a very unique and intriguing read...
  • Rebecca
    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.The idea of the "Phantom Cosmonauts" and the secret flight of Vladimir Ilyushin has always intrigued me. The author puts his own spin on these rumors in First Cosmic Velocity. In this novel, the...
  • Mike
    It’s the height of the Space Race and in the Soviet Union they’re hiding a secret. The cosmonauts who are returning to earth as heroes aren’t the same people who were sent into outer space. Russian Literature meets Capricorn One and, you know what, it works....
  • Rochelle Hickey
    First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers was an unexpected delight. I’m not sure what I at first expected delving into the 1960’s space race focusing on the Russian launches. The book description made it feel like a quirky twisted science fiction adventure but really it’s a slow burning ...
  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Summer 2019 should be a great time to release a novel about the Soviet space program. After all, you have the Apollo anniversary and Chernobyl to spark interest. Unfortunately, First Cosmic Velocity is not that great of a novel. At best, it might appeal to the most basic of slavaboos.First Cosmic Ve...
  • Annarella
    it's a well written book but unfortunately I didn't feel involved and the book fell flat.Not my cup of tea.Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine....
  • Bonnie_blu
    I was looking forward to reading this book because of the intriguing premise. However, I was quickly disappointed. From the very beginning, the book was confusing. If I hadn't read the jacket blurb, I wouldn't have had any idea as to what was going on. Unfortunately, that was not my only issue with ...

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