D out how this compares to the real soviet space program I knew about Soviet Space Dogs but not the people The fact that Nedelin was real and that Valentin Bondarenko died in a similar way to a character here was unknown to me That research was fun but not knowing the history in advance didn t impair my
"enjoyment of the "of the is literary fiction than science fiction so set our expectations accordingly I greatly enjoyed it Now it s time to leave the capsule if ou dare First Cosmic Velocity is a sort of alternate history of the beginning of space flight in the USSR It was the first book I read that was recommended by the Book Riot TBR service having given them suggestions of historical fiction that wasn t World War II and an interest in Russiathe Soviet Union I liked it but didn t uite love itThe idea of the alternate history was interesting but I never felt like the characters were real They were flat and not very believable even as semi brainwashed cosmonauts I liked reading it but I wasn t clamoring to pick it up This definitely felt like a book that was all about the concept without the depth I really wanted In addition to being an alternate history there were definitely some elements that reuired a huge suspension of disbelief like view spoilerLeonid being able to survive weeks with no water or the Leonids Kasha 1 and their grandmother surviving on almost no food hide spoiler I was looking forward to reading this book because of the intriguing premise However I was uickly disappointed From the very beginning the book was confusing If I hadn t read premise However I was uickly disappointed From the very beginning the book was confusing If I hadn t read jacket blurb I wouldn t have had any idea as to what was going on Unfortunately that was not my only issue with the story I found the use of titles instead of names to be grating the characters uninteresting the voice to be the same for all of the characters and the pace to be exceedingly slowThe book would have benefitted greatly from information about Soviet space operations and fleshed out characters I really wanted to like the book but I feel it never came together as an engaging tale with characters that I cared about It s the height of the Space Race and in
the Soviet Union they re hiding a secret The cosmonauts who are returning to earthSoviet Union they re hiding a secret The cosmonauts who are returning to earth heroes aren t the same people who were sent into outer space Russian Literature meets Capricorn One and ou know what it works. Nt who knows too much but gives away little And while Leonid battles his increasing doubts about their deceitful project the Chief Designer must scramble to perfect a working spacecraft especially when Khrushchev nominates his high strung suirrel like dog for the first canine missionBy turns grim and whimsical fatalistic and deeply hopeful First Cosmic Velocity is a sweeping novel of the heights of mankind's accomplishments the depths of its folly and the people and canines with whom we create family. Realism approach to the topic The Soviet space program of 1964 is an elaborate sham Every capsule has burnt up on reentry To preserve the illusion cosmonauts are twins one sent to space to die and one left alive to maintain the illusion The story follows one of this twinned cosmonauts Leonid in 1964 dealing with an upcoming launch Leonid in 1950 as a child in a famine stricken Ukrainian village and the Chief Designer in 1964 managing
the Potemkim rocket program The novel has all the tropes ofPotemkim rocket program The novel has all the tropes of post Iowa Writer s Workshop literary novel a the Potemkim rocket program The novel has all the tropes of the post Iowa Writer s Workshop literary novel a to string words together in a pleasing way that is utterly devoid of meaning with characters who suffer from middle class ennui and post ironic detachment And it s a shame because the subject of space totalitarian societies and sacrifice is so rife for exploration Adam Johnson s The Orphan Master s Son has the same American white guy writing about totalitarian communism problem but Johnson weaves a thrilling fantasy JG Ballard made the alienation of space his own subject in the The Dead Astronaut and Memories of the Space Age And Victor Pelevin wrote this exact novel but better in his masterful Omon Ra which is an authentic and utterly compelling modern classic of Russian literatureRead Omon Ra instead Here am I floating in my tin canThis is a fascinating though deeply sad alternate history of the Soviet space program We follow two twins from their home in a tiny village in Ukraine where they almost starved to death during the 1950 famine to starving in outer space in 1964 Konstantin Tsiolkovsky found and recruited them and other twins intending to compare their health after one went to space and the other stayed behind When the Chief Designer found he couldn t actually bring anyone back alive the plan was changed to send one to space to die and the other to do the press tour as a returning heroThere is lots to think about here in terms of identity and myth Except for a few real people Krushchev Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Nedelin nobody s real name is given They are just Chief Designer Grandmother or other titles and code names Real characters like the dog Belka and historic figure Bohdan Khmelnytsky appear but with details changed We never learn the real name of even the main character who is only called Leonid the fake hero s name he shares with his brother I ran to the internet to fin. The biggest lie of all is about to unravelBecause there are no twins leftCombining history and fiction the real and the mystical First Cosmic Velocity is the story of Leonid the last of the twins Taken in 1950 from a life of poverty in Ukraine to the training grounds in Russia the Leonids were given one name and one identity but divergent fates Now one Leonid has launched to certain death or so one might think and the other is sent on a press tour under the watchful eye of Ignatius the government age. I received a free copy of this e book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe idea of the Phantom Cosmonauts
the secret flight of Vladimir Ilyushin has always intrigued me The author puts his own onand the secret flight of Vladimir Ilyushin has always intrigued me The author puts his own
these rumors in First Cosmic Velocity In this novel the Soviet Union starts launching cosmonauts before they have therumors in First Cosmic Velocity In this novel the Soviet Union starts launching cosmonauts before they have the to bring them home safely just like they did with Laika To keep the rest of the world from knowing that they are deliberately killing cosmonauts they use twins one stays on earth for the publicity while one flies the fatal mission Each of the characters Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you meet here seems to be working under their own special type of delusion I really enjoyed getting into the heads of the various players both big and smallIn the novelou get a good feel for just how haphazard the Soviet space program was at times The Soviets were believed to be way ahead of the US in the early days of the space race but that was essentially an illusion Most of the firsts the Soviets achieved were essentially pure dumb luck The author does a good job of giving The Summer I Wasn't Me you a sense of that in this novelview spoilerThe author also givesou fictionalized accounts of the Nedelin disaster and the Bondarenko fire I was uite pleased the author of the Nedelin disaster and the Bondarenko fire I was uite pleased the author them in this story These true but long covered up events only gives credence to the idea that the Soviet Union would have taken great lengths to cover up failures hide spoiler A lonely despairing Soviet delirium55 First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers was an unexpected delight I m not sure what I at first expected delving into the 1960 s space race focusing on the Russian launches The book description made it feel like a uirky twisted science fiction adventure but really it s a slow burning story about moral dilemma What are the it s a well written book but unfortunately I didn t feel involved and the book fell flatNot my cup of teaMany thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC all opinions are mine This was a very uniue and intriguing read Summer 2019 should be a great time to release a novel about the Soviet space program After all ou have the Apollo anniversary and Chernobyl to spark interest Unfortunately First Cosmic Velocity is not that great of a novel At best it might appeal to the most basic of slavaboos First Cosmic Velocity takes a kind of magic. A stunningly imaginative novel about the Cold War the Russian space program and the amazing fraud that pulled the wool over the eyes of the worldIt's 1964 in the USSR and unbeknownst even to Premier Khrushchev himself the Soviet space program is a sham Well half a sham While the program has successfully launched five capsules into space the Chief Designer and his team have never successfully brought one back to earth To disguise this they've used twins But in a nation built on secrets and propaganda.