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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jed Mercurio, Todd McLaren Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fascinated with the secrets still surrounding the Soviet Union’s race against the Americans to put a man on the moon, Jed Mercurio proposes a compelling scenario: What if the Americans weren’t the first? And with its inscrutable but intriguing hero, Yefgeni Yeremin, a brilliant Soviet cosmonaut, Ascent allows us to imagine what that terrifying journey might have been like.

Yeremin, a Soviet MiG pilot, rises from the privation of a Stalingrad orphanage to the heights of the cosmonaut corps. During the Korean War, as a member of an elite squadron, he shoots down the most American fighter jets—a feat that should make him a national hero, but because the Soviets’ involvement in the war is secret, Yeremin’s victories go unreported. When he is recalled from obscurity to join the race to the moon, he realizes it is his chance for immortality. In hypnotic, deceptively spare prose, Mercurio tells a haunting tale that questions the power of ideology and the nature of fate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping action scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A stunning debut from a writer who bears close attention.”

    Booklist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jubilee | 1/5/2014

    " An orphan boy in Russia gets his break when he is accepted into a military academy giving him the ability to follow his overwhelming desire to fly fighter aircraft. Later, this driven man achieves levels of heroic recognition that only drives him further... to his Ascent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 1/1/2014

    " Loved this book about Russian flying ace and cosmonaut Yefgenii Yeremov, who becomes Russia's "Man on the moon". The suspense of his mission to the moon builds up to an amazing climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Duncan Wilson | 12/2/2013

    " I have to admit i didn't think much to the art style. but the story was engaging. a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben! | 11/2/2013

    " Pretty good novel. Covers a lot of good ground on both the space race and what it means to leave a legacy behind. Throughly enjoyable airplane read. "

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About the Author
Author Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio trained as a doctor and joined the Royal Air Force while at medical school. He adapted his first novel, Bodies, into an award-winning drama for the BBC and is currently developing an American version for the Showtime Network. He lives outside London.