No one foresaw the takeover of the International Space Station; but the world had changed since the first components of the ISS were assembled in space back in 1998. More than a decade later, the station has grown to become the third most brilliant object in the sky, after the sun and moon.
Onboard with the current American astronaut crew is an ordinary civilian, courtesy of NASA’s Teachers-in-Space program. Also onboard with the Russian crew are rogue cosmonauts whose violent takeover of the space station is unexpected and deadly. Back on Earth, the consequences escalate into the most devastating cataclysms that America and Russia have suffered in modern times.
This unique, spellbinding thriller – skilfully weaving space technology with disaffected scientists, Chechnyn war crimes, chilling psychopaths and fearful Presidents – will keep you enthralled right to the final word.
Leigh Adams cogitates he can be described as a hybrid writer – part advertising copywriter and creative director – and part author. His writing career commenced with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency.“
He has written two series of children’s books, published by the then Harper Collins and Macmillan – now Pan Macmillan; and enjoys writing screenplays. One modestly budgeted screenplay, a romantic comedy, was filmed in the Czech Republic and screened worldwide.
“International Space Station – the Cataclysm” is his first thriller – and can be more accurately described as a techno-thriller. Three years of solid research – assisted by experts in space and military sectors - were needed to get the technical structure correct and ensure that the story had total accuracy and integrity. “James Bond fantasies don’t have to reflect reality,” Leigh says. “But the space station, the shuttle, and the inner workings of the Kremlin, the White House and NASA require enormous respect and dedication. One glib description, one half-truth, and all credibility is lost.”
When all of these and more are combined into a high-tension thriller like no other, readers can boldly go where no one has gone before.