- Author Ken Follett
I love a good Ken Follett thriller, and this was one of those - not only a great spy chase but centred around getting a rocket up into space as well! Set in the heart of the space race, this book aims to tell the fictionalised behind the scenes story of why the Explorer 1 rocket launch was delayed twice, because of the weather (even though it was a sunny day in Florida).
Flipping between the present, in which our hero has lost his memory and is trying to figure out who he is and what conspiracy he’s got himself involved in, and the past, wherein four university students try to figure out their place in the world and with each other, it’s a serious pageturner.
I really liked the twist of Luke not only having to unravel the twisted plot of what was happening around the launch of the rocket, but also having to work out who on earth he was. It’s a unique take on the spy genre, and it worked really well. Great read.