The story itself is pretty interesting it took some smarts for this guy to steal real true moon rocks direct from NASA But the book was abysmally written From the movie scene style descriptions to the book jacket Catch Me If You Can meets some ther movie I can t remember it s bvious the author and publisher were just trying to get this made into a movie didn t really care whether it was actually written well The research seemed shoddy too The author cites people who didn t want to be named but there are still gaps For instance it doesn t appear that he ever tried to go back and contact the criminal s parents r the two woman who pulled the heist with this guy And if he did try to contact them he d have been within his journalistic rights at least to say they had no comment so he wouldn t just leave us wondering what the heck happened to the rest Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of the membersf the story It sounds like he just let the main character vomit his story ut nto a manuscript and then ran with the thing unedited I picked this up n a whim at the library should have left well enough alone Some reviewers have likened the true story behind Ben Mezrich s Sex n the Moon to Ocean s Eleven which I take issue with because while Thad Roberts was smart enough to get into Houston s Johnson Space Center Cooperative Program there was no real finesse to how he rchestrated the heist to steal used moon rocks that were destined for the trashWhen I heard author Mezrich n John Tory s show n The Live Drive I had the same reaction that most people probably had when they hear about this true storyWhat s impressive is that Roberts carried ff the heist what s not so impressive is that it was embarrassingly easy to do soHe carries Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, off the heist with the helpf two younger female accomplices Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. onef whom is a new girlfriend he uickly becomes infatuated with and manages to grab samples from every single moon landing in human history and a Mars meteor to bootTechnically even though NASA considered these samples trash because they d been used in various experiments they were still national treasures illegal to The Reformation (World History Series) own and illegal to sellAnd even though the story is painted as this brilliant caper and heist you read the book and you can t help but think What a fucking dumb ass when he actually tried to sell the samples Whichne reviewer aptly likened in size to a medium sized bananaThe book claims that Thad did it because he wanted to give his new girlfriend the moon he stuffs the moon samples under a mattress in the hotel they re staying at and they wind up having sex n top f ithence the title but that s pretty weak sauce when it comes to explaining why he did itThe guy was actually going to sell it for a measly 100000Are you kidding meThe book was Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One okay Mezrich also wrote Accidental Billionaires which was the basis for the movie The Social Network The true story is interesting the book was readable but I still feel like it could have been told in a compelling wayand I fully realize I m probably in the minority when I write that I seem to be in the minorityn this Date With A Dead Doctor one Such is life I found this whole escapade to be so damn stupid Just stupid StupidI will let Mara s review which is tremendous speak for me Please have a readf itMara s Review2 Stars Blah It didn t do anything for me This is a manuscript for a movie In recent interviews Ben Mezrich has been very Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium open about that He writes books from the very beginning in the hopes that they will beptioned for movies And it showsMezrich author Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of The Accidental Billionaires the book upon which the Facebook movie The Social Network was based went in searchf his next great true story thriller What he settled Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy on was the talef Thad Roberts a student enrolled in NASA s Cooperative Education Program who turned thief and decided to steal moon rocks and sell them Witchopoly online for easy cash The story behind Sexn the Moon itself an awful title is hyberbolically subtitled the Most Audacious Heist in History Roberts theft is by no means entitled to such an exciting description The heist itself was fairly uncomplicated and involved nothing than a clever use Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of chemical dust to break an electronic combination lock and some elbow grease to drag a safeut Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro of a room and into a car Thenly thing remotely remarkable about the theft is that actual moon rocks are involved Had Roberts stolen terrestrial gem stones he would have warranted nothing than a mention in the local news paper police blotter Mezrich has to work hard very hard to fill this thin conceit with enough volume to fill a bookAnd then there s the writing Which is awful This is some f the most hackneyed rigid trite prose I ve ever read Some examples she had given him her number It had been like rocket fuel in his bathing suit all the way home r sooner r later the truth would be as clear as the tattoo n her thigh Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) or Thadnly knew for sure what he was feeling Which was beyond anything he could remember feeling before Boarding House of Hunks or suddenly reality hit him like a Saturn V rocket to the face UghMezrich also seems to have a writing tick in which he is compelled to start sentences with Hell as in Hell the guy was really making a scene Hell he was beginning to feel loose Hell maybe they d all end up visiting that pristine beach Hell maybe the need to apologize went even further back etc etc This became almost comical as the pages worenI have to hold the editors f this book responsible for this I don t think they read this book Here s some zingers they let slip through Matt had remembered Thad as the brilliant kind in physics classes who was willing to go further and think freer than anyone else Think freer Describing an unpleasant scene inside a federal prison Mezrich writes there was such an undercurrent f anger and subverted violence in that place Subverted violence Could he have meant submerged Bec (The Demonata, or supressed In another chapter he refers to the infamousrange soil collected by the Apollo astronauts Okay that soil was certainly famous but infamous Someone needs to check the dictionaryThis is a lousy book undeserving The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of your time Buy something else It sne thing to read a detailed description f a sexual encounter in a work f fiction r even in a work f non fiction provided that the author f the piece is ne f the participants in the act But reading some writer s trite Thad Roberts a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea a romantic albeit crazy idea He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon Literally Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice both NASA interns to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA past security checkpoints an electronically locked door wit.
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Got the impression Thad euated his heist with taking garbage ut f a dumpsterIn a documentary about the moon rock heist George Cisneros plays Thad Roberts Here he is planning the heistMoreover Thad wasn t new to the thief game He regularly stole fossils being prepared for storage from the University f Utah In Thad s pinion it was a waste to hide these items away As a scientist I was appalled by this Apparently Thad never heard Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of specimens be it moon rocksr fossils r whatever being stored for rotatingtraveling displays gifts to museums public interest later studies perhaps with new techniues etc Ben Mezrich also seems blivious to this concept perhaps because he isn t a scientist For the moon rock theft Thad had two accomplices besides Rebecca his friends Gordon and Sandra These two come across as underdeveloped characters with unclear motivations My favorite person in the book is Axel Emmerman the Belgian rock hound who s stensibly going to buy the purloined moon rocks Instead Axel alerts the FBI Axel s enthusiasm and excitement at being involved in this undercover peration is fun and infectious Belgian rock hound Axel Emmerman informed the FBI about Thad Roberts schemeIn the end f course Thad was arrested convicted and imprisoned Scene in the documentary where Thad Roberts and his accomplices are about to be nabbed by the FBIDetectives who broke the moon rocks caseThad Roberts mugshotMy verall impression f Thad is that he was an immature and thoughtless young man who cared little for anyone ther than himself Perhaps the worst A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) outcomef the heist which involved the theft f a safe containing moon rocks and written materials was the permanent loss f scientist Everett Gibson s notebooks which contained 30 years worth f research This debacle literally made me cry Dr Everett Gibson lost valuable research when Thad Roberts stole his notebooksFor me Mezrich s writing style is ff putting with In the End over abundant dialog numerous descriptionsf the inner thoughts f the characters a detailed step by step depiction f the theft and attempted sale f the moon specimens a long description f a drunkhigh Gordon stumbling around n sale day all stuff that seems at least partly made up Mezrich also mentions Thad s bright green eyes and Rebecca s gorgeous face and body a few too many times In the end I felt what should have been a really good magazine article was padded to make a book An lder and maybe wiser Thad RobertsAuthor Ben Mezrich right with Thad RobertsStill though the moon rock heist is far from the crime f the century suggested by the author it s an interesting story worth readingYou can follow my reviews at I borrowed this book from the kindle lending library because there is no way I am putting money into a fund that enriches the moon rock thief Thad in any way shape r form This book is written in typical Ben Mezrich style which makes it a fun and almost believable read and for any Johnson Space Center employee you will laugh ut loud when you read it mostly due to the lack f basic fact checking How hard was it for the editors to hire a fact checker anyway And we re not talking just exaggeration to make the story sound better but actual fundamental lack The Age of Treachery of including Allow me to begin by firmly stating that in myh so humble pinion having sex in a bed with a stolen moon rock in it is 1 weird and creepy not to mention potentially dangerous are moon rocks scratchy and 2 NOT the same thing as having sex n the actual moon If you had sex The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy on a down comforter would you run around telling people you had sexn a goose I d hope not for a whole host Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of reasons but that s beside the pointIt s hard to truly communicate my levelf disdaindislike for this book s real life protagonist Thad Roberts below left At times I felt sure that author Ben Mezrich below right was being sarcastic that he was in Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) on the jokef just what a self centered tool nozzle I have yet to find a word in the popular lexicon that really fits here Thad was being but far be it from me to be verly forgiving Maybe it was a result f his strict Mormon upbringing maybe he was just a douchey guy by nature but When a Man Loves a Woman our pal Thad intelligent though he may be defines the sortf smug exceptionalistic thinking that makes me want to go to Mars if nly to get away from ther humansJanet Mason s NYT review Keep From Falling of the book Supposition as Research A Sortf True Story About NASA and a Thief nicely captures Thad s absurd ability to justify his actions Mr Roberts while playing games with romance geology and destiny casually lost Catalogue the Insanity or destroyed 30 years research notes belonging to Dr Everett K Gibson Jr Roberts s NASA mentor He had his moment he lived his moment and now we re taking the baton the book s thief argues Mezrich s descriptionf the rationale behind it all basically came down to the idea that the world will be better ff with the money going to Thad and his girlfriend Rebecca Tiffany Fowler in real life for their future scientific endeavors Is that really the best possible use f those dollars I don t know but I also know that I don t know He wasn t stealing he was NASA stealing Sure Shrek other people fall in love but he was in special NASA love that we mere mortals can t possibly comprehend I m glad Thad has movedn and is contributing to the world you know giving TED talks and such but I couldn t help but feel like this was just something to be added to his list f exploits ne Look Alikes Jr. of which it would seem from the photo above involves wind swept semi nude photo shootsn sand dunesI ll close with a snippet from a review from Jonathon Keats at New Science Magazine since his scientific street cred far surpasses my wn also worth checking ut as it references some Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of Mezrich s inconsistencies in the story across multiple interviews etc In the same safe as the moon rocks were Gibson s notebooks containing 20 yearsf research permanently lost when the cracked safe was dumped Roberts doesn t remember seeing them and Mezrich nearly ignores them because they don t fit his story arc But in a tale about value and values the fate Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of Gibson s notes speaks volumes the true worthf those rocks is to be found in the research they generate Everett Gibson center seated as a grad student at the Johnson Space Center probably not plotting how to purloin lab euipment to impress a chick. Lly what he seemed Mezrich has pored He Remembers the Barren over thousandsf pages The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of court records FBI transcripts and NASA documents and has interviewed mostf the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist a madcap story f genius love and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride From the Hardcover editio.
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Archives of sexual acts that supposedly took place between twother people Eeeeeeew Add the considerable ick factor to generally lousy writing poor research and the author s addiction to hyperbole and stupid titles and you have Let the Wolf Howl one crappy book I had high expectationsf this book It had so many The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of the elements I like a daring heist scienceuter spaceIt came with impeccable credentials in the shape f a highly respected author Ben Mezrich And yet I can t give this book than 2 stars And that is simply because I feel it violates ne Blue Guide New York of the most central dogmasf the genre get multiple perspectives The story f Thad Roberts a gifted NASA intern who decided to steal some precious moon rocks from a NASA lab in rder to sell them and impress his new girlfriend is just that the story Homesick of Thad I understand that he collaborated copiously with the author but he seems to have beenne A Criminal Affair of the few people who did Apart from some uick comments from people who met Thad along the way there is very little in the book that didn t seem to come from Thad himself His two accomplices refused to be interviewed for the book and NASA personnel didn t seem too eager to be uoted either So we are left with a veryne sided narrative We hear all about Thad s Sturm und Drang he even looks like a romantic hero about how we was kicked Sangue Derramado out by his rigid Mormon parents how he pursued three major simultaneously at college how he became a star in the NASA coop program but when you close the back coverf the book you realize that you are vaguely dissatisfied Too many uestions remain unanswered such as how could someone who was repeatedly described as brilliant be so stupid as to ask a stoner acuaintance how to flog moon rocks n the internet And what were his two female accomplices thinking when they wheeled that safe containing the moon rocks ut f the lab that people would think this was an endearing student prankSo verall a disappointing book I am sure it will be turned into a movie that could very well be a good ne Good looking young geeks tiptoeing through sterile looking lab corridors then wild sex n a bed filled with moon rocks all f this is very suitable for the silver screen but as a written story it leaves much to be desired At the end f the book the person who left the biggest impression n me was not charming untrustworthy Thad but his victim Everett Gibson This respected NASA scientist an expert n rocks from the moon Mars and beyond planted the seed for the theft in Thad s mind by a simple act Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of kindness and scientific mentorship he showed Thad and his visiting wife some moon rocks from the safe in his lab It was this very safe that was stolen And it turnedut that the safe contained not just moon rocks but valuable scientific notebooks as well All my sympathy went Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance out to Dr Gibson I had none left for Thadr his accomplices At the end The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky of the book we hear that Dr Gibson showed his appreciation to the Belgian rock collector who alerted the FBI to the illegal merchandise beingffered n the internet by going to Antwerp and delivering a lecture n space rocks and by arranging for an asteroid to be named after said Belgian rock collector That s class I am happy to hear that in this sad story at least Works Days one person knew how to behave with grace and dignity Well a NASA intern simply steals several fragmentsf moon s rocks to sell them for 100000 to improve his life and that f his girlfriend who was his accomplice along with the thief s best friend For me it was an OK book not a fantastic reading because it should have maybe about 60 pages less And besides 23 f it was very slow and I just started to find the reading interesting from chapter 27 the book has 43 chapters Astronaut collecting moon rocksThis is a sort f true story about the July 2002 moon rock heist pulled ff by NASA intern Thad Robertsand presumably what put Thad Heart of the Wood on this foolish courseThad RobertsThad grew up in a strict Mormon community in Utah Even so temptation got the betterf him and Thad had sex with his high school girlfriend Sonya Confessing to this when he was at the Mormon Missionary Training Center got Thad thrown ut f the church and banned from his family apparently forever Was this the traumatic event that shaped Thad s future Who knows In any case Thad and Sonya married and Thad became a student at the University Bloodmage of Utah Thad Roberts at the Universityf UtahThad an excellent student with a wide variety f interests decided he wanted to be an astronaut Thus Thad made it his business to develop a wide ranging skill set including scuba diving getting a pilot s license mastering several languages space travel is international studying geology astronomy and physics and so n With persistence Thad made it into the highly competitive NASA intern program in Houston Texas where he met some Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction of the country s top scientists plus a few astronauts Thad Roberts was accepted to the intern program at NASAThad Roberts getting space shuttle training at NASABen Mezrich s writing style is creative non fiction and it s hard to know how muchf the story happened as described Thus when Thad a self described shy youth is depicted as the star Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner of the intern program partaking in risky pranksrganizing activities like skinny dipping cliff jumping sky diving rock climbing and wild parties hob nobbing with numerous scientists and so Every Sigh, the End on I don t uite believe it all Thad who fully cooperated with this book also seems a bit self serving when her less justifies having an affair with fellow intern Rebecca by putting the The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence onusn his wife Thad Roberts fell in love with a fellow NASA internAccording to Thad Sonya who remained back in Utah became ver involved with her modeling career and model friends and distanced herself from him So Thad felt no guilt about cheating I m calling shenanigans n ThadIn any case Thad fell madly in love with Rebecca and four weeks after meeting her pulled Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis: Or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life off the moon rock heist He wanted to give Rebecca the moon andf course sell the specimens for a lot Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of the Pilgrim's Progress of money The ideaf stealing the moon rocks had been brewing in Thad s mind for uite some time The background moon rocks that have been studiedused for experiments are no longer considered valuable scientific specimens In Thad s mind therefore it was hardly a crime to steal these trash rocks H cipher security codes and camera lined hallways and help him steal the most precious bjects in the world the moon rocks But what does ne do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to wn And was Thad Roberts undeniably gifted picked for ne f the most competitive scientific posts imaginable a possible astronaut rea.
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