Having just referred to the book in my comments on DRG's latest ST:TOS novel, I find myself morbidly curious:
Has anybody else here read Paul Gillebaard's Moon Hoax
Does anybody else here have as low an opinion of it as I do?
In the prologue, a Chinese crew, on China's very first manned circumlunar mission, not only manage to land on the Moon, but do so covertly, on the far side, for the purpose of deploying a weaponized industrial laser programmed to shoot down anything non-Chinese entering lunar orbit. And they apparently go to the enormous expense and risk of doing so, purely so they can claim that the U.S. faked the Apollo landings, without anything inconvenient (like the LRO) raining on their parade. I continued to plow through this opus, despite the dumb mistakes, in hopes that Gillebaard would eventually reveal some better motivation on the part of the Chinese, something that would actually be worth their going to all that expense and risk.
He didn't. So far as the readers are concerned, they did so because their leaders were a bunch of black-hat villains out of a Saturday morning cartoon. The bad guys in a 70-year-old Bobbsey Twins children's novel have more plausible motivations.
Aside from the book being a spectacular example of how not to write a novel, it's also a prime example of how not to market one: while a weaponized industrial laser programmed to shoot down spacecraft is arguably a science fiction concept, the book is really an international intrigue thriller being marketed as