Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History

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Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History

by Ben Mezrich

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | July 10, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.

From the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, this is the incredible true story of how a college student and two female accomplices stole some of the rarest objects on the planet—moon rocks—from an "impregnable" high-tech vault. 

But breaking into a highly secure laboratory wasn't easy. Thad Roberts, an intern in a prestigious NASA training program, would have to concoct a meticulous plan to get past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways even before he could get his hands on the 600-pound safe. And then how was he supposed to get it out? And what does one do with an item so valuable that it's illegal even to own? With his signature high-velocity style, Mezrich reconstructs the outlandish heist and tells a story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 in

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307741346

ISBN - 13: 9780307741349

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I'm so happy I bought this book. It's very entertaining, I thought it was hard to stop reading. I find this book really makes you feel for Thad Roberts. The author did a great job describing everything because I honestly felt like I was right there experiencing everything with Thad. So easy to visualize, and I really liked that the chapters are short.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastically Entertaining I was extremely engaged in this read. It was very entertaining. The author certainly lives up to his mark. He is exciting and descriptive and his books ultimately translate into a tale that is hard to believe. I would look forward to a movie.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I picked this book up from the library after reading an excerpt of it in Macleans. The book reads like a Hollywood movie, I would be shocked if it wasn't turned into one. The action was fast-paced and the plot moved along quite well for the most part. The most amazing thing about this book is that it is non-fiction, although I'm sure the author did take some creative license where he could. Don't be turned off thinking that this book will take you a long time to read; I read it in a couple of hours. It's one of those books that you don't want to put down. Although you feel sorry for the main character, Thad, you want to slap him for doing something as stupid as he did. He had a great life, an amazing career; and he threw it all away for something that he considered to be a college prank. By the end of the book I got the impression that he never really owned up to how serious of a crime he committed, that it was all just a game to him.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This will probably become a movie The Good Stuff Fascinating true tale that reads like fiction, this most likely will end up becoming a movie Intriguing real life characters. and even though you totally wanted to smack Thad upside the head for being such a moron, you can understand from his brutal Mormon upbringing how he turned out the way he did and see some of the motives for the crime Find out some fascinating information about NASA For the most part the plot is pretty fast paced, some slow parts Enjoyed the scenes with Axel, they brought a nice simple light hearted touch to the story The Not so Good Stuff I really don't think Thad's motive was as pure as book hints at, really don't think it was love for the girl that motivated him to do it Story jumps around a little too much, especially at the beginning, you really have to pay attention Main character is pretty unlikeable and quite frankly a bumbling self absorbed idiot A little leery on the "re-created dialogue and spiced up narrative" description, but hey it probably sounded better than the true story which makes is more readable Story doesn't live up to its description of "the most audacious heist" Favorite Quotes/Passages "...hell, everyone was a little bit high on something, everyone had his poison. Like Thad, or Orb, or whatever the hell Gordon was supposed to be calling him. Thad was just as high as he was, even if the kid hadn't touched pot or booze in his life. He was high on that chick, and he was high on the idea of the money they were going to make - hell, he was high on the information Gordon had already given him," "... that's when the mystery set in. Like clockwork, a steaming hot towel would appear out of the wall in front of him. Both Thad and his friend had spent hours searching for the sensors that told the computer it was time for the towel-to no avail. "I think it's something they brought back from space," Thad responded as the streams of water pummeling his body finally softened, indicating the end of the cycle."Definitely alien technology." Who should/shouldn't read Those who enjoyed Mezrich's previous works Interesting for those who are fascinated by all things space and NASA related 3.25 Dewey's I received this from Random House in Exchange for an Honest Review
Date published: 2011-07-19

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Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History

Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History

by Ben Mezrich

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 in

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307741346

ISBN - 13: 9780307741349

About the Book

A NASA program fellow wants to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. He convinces two NASA interns to break into an impregnable laboratory and help him steal the most precious objects in the world--moon rocks. But what does one do with an item so valuable that it's illegal to own?

Read from the Book

Prologue It had to be the strangest getaway in history.            Thad Roberts tried to control his nerves as he stared up through the windshield of the idling four-wheel-drive Jeep. The rain was coming down in violent gray sheets, so fierce and thick he could barely make out the bright red traffic light hanging just a few feet in front of him. He had been sitting there for what seemed like forever; a long stretch of pavement serpentined into the gray mist behind him, winding back past a half-dozen other traffic lights—all of which he’d had to wait through, in exactly the same fashion. Even worse, between the lights he’d had to keep the Jeep at an agonizing five miles per hour—a veritable crawl along the desolate, rain-swept streets of the tightly controlled compound. It was unbelievably hard to drive at five miles per hour, especially when your neurons were going off like fireworks and your heart felt like it was going to blow right through your rib cage. But five miles per hour was the mandatory speed limit of the compound—posted every few yards on signs by the road—and at five miles per hour, once you hit one red light, you were going to hit them all.            Thad’s fingers whitened against the Jeep’s steering wheel as he watched the red glow, willing it to change to green. He wanted nothing more than to gun the engine, put his foot right through the floor, break the speed limit, and get the hell out of there. But he knew that there were cameras everywhere—that the ent
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From the Publisher

From the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, this is the incredible true story of how a college student and two female accomplices stole some of the rarest objects on the planet—moon rocks—from an "impregnable" high-tech vault. 

But breaking into a highly secure laboratory wasn't easy. Thad Roberts, an intern in a prestigious NASA training program, would have to concoct a meticulous plan to get past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways even before he could get his hands on the 600-pound safe. And then how was he supposed to get it out? And what does one do with an item so valuable that it's illegal even to own? With his signature high-velocity style, Mezrich reconstructs the outlandish heist and tells a story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.

About the Author

Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House in addition to nine other books. The film 21, starring Kevin Spacey, was based on Bringing Down the House. The Social Network, which won an Oscar for best adaptation, was based on The Accidental Billionaires

Editorial Reviews

“An out-of-this-world heist.” —USA Today  “Mezrich has uncovered another high-stakes, fascinating true story. . . . Part love story, part madcap caper, part astro-geekery, the book is one of the summer’s most fun reads.” —NPR  “Movie-worthy treatment to the guy who stole moon rocks from NASA.” —The New York Daily News  “Mezrich is a genius at using characters and dialogue. . . to turn nonfiction into something as compelling as any thriller.” —The Chronicle Herald  “[An] in-depth look at Thad Roberts, who along with three other NASA interns, stole pieces of lunar rock to impress his girlfriend. Mezrich has done extensive research to recreate the story of how an aspiring astronaut ended up getting caught for stealing over 100 pieces of the moon.” —The Atlantic Monthly“A fast and furious read, powered along by Mezrich’s desire never to take his eyes off the story.” —Chicago Post-Tribune“Ben Mezrich’s latest straight-to-the-big-screen book. . . . a rollicking summertime page-turner crackling with sex, astronauts, stolen dinosaur bones and international cyber-intrigue.” —The Miami Herald“A breathless, credulous style. . . . memorable supporting characters. . . . adventure, sex, romance, a hero who is equal parts Clifford Irving from The Hoax, Frank Abagnale from Catch Me If You Can, and George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life.” —The Boston Globe“[A] thrilling account of space rock heist. . . fun, breezy action.” —Tampa Tribune“Eloquent prose and a direct view into the characters’
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