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Ascent - A Novel

Jed Mercurio

Fascinated with the secrets still surrounding the Soviet Union's race against the Americans to put a man on the moon, Jed Mercurio proposes a compelling scenario: What if the Americans weren't the first? And with its inscrutable but intriguing hero, Yefgeni Yeremin, a brilliant Soviet cosmonaut, Ascent allows us to imagine what that terrifying journey might have been like. Yeremin, a Soviet MiG pilot, rises from the privation of a Stalingrad orphanage to the heights of the cosmonaut corps. During the Korean War, as a member of an elite squadron, he shoots down the most American fighter jets-a feat that should make him a national hero, but because the Soviets' involvement in the war is secret, Yeremin's victories go unreported. When he is recalled from obscurity to join the race to the moon, he realizes it is his chance for immortality. In hypnotic, deceptively spare prose, Mercurio tells a haunting tale that questions the power of ideology and the nature of fate.

Fascinated with the secrets still surrounding the Soviet Union's race against the Americans to put a man on the moon, Jed Mercurio proposes a compelling scenario: What if the Americans weren't the first? And with its inscrutable but intriguing hero, Yefgeni Yeremin, a brilliant Soviet cosmonaut, Ascent allows us to imagine what that terrifying journey might have been like. Yeremin, a Soviet MiG pilot, rises from the privation of a Stalingrad orphanage to the heights of the cosmonaut corps. During the Korean War, as a member of an elite squadron, he shoots down the most American fighter jets-a feat that should make him a national hero, but because the Soviets' involvement in the war is secret, Yeremin's victories go unreported. When he is recalled from obscurity to join the race to the moon, he realizes it is his chance for immortality. In hypnotic, deceptively spare prose, Mercurio tells a haunting tale that questions the power of ideology and the nature of fate.
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Fascinated with the secrets still surrounding the Soviet Union's race against the Americans to put a man on the moon, Jed Mercurio proposes a compelling scenario: What if the Americans weren't the first? And with its inscrutable but intriguing hero, Yefgeni Yeremin, a brilliant Soviet cosmonaut, Ascent allows us to imagine what that terrifying journey might have been like. Yeremin, a Soviet MiG pilot, rises from the privation of a Stalingrad orphanage to the heights of the cosmonaut corps. During the Korean War, as a member of an elite squadron, he shoots down the most American fighter jets-a feat that should make him a national hero, but because the Soviets' involvement in the war is secret, Yeremin's victories go unreported. When he is recalled from obscurity to join the race to the moon, he realizes it is his chance for immortality. In hypnotic, deceptively spare prose, Mercurio tells a haunting tale that questions the power of ideology and the nature of fate.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Todd McLaren

Length:

7h 24m


Chapters

Part 1
Part 1

17:01


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

09:30


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

13:26


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

06:05


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

16:02


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

07:07


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

16:53


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

09:09


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

05:19


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

21:29


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

19:55


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

06:26


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

11:36


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

05:33


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

16:39


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

17:42


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

07:58


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

10:29


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

22:40


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

10:43


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

10:40


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

12:32


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

03:20


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

05:17


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

03:55


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

08:09


Part 5, Chapter 27
Part 5, Chapter 27

22:02


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

29:19


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

11:55


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

13:07


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

14:18


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

16:59


Part 5, Chapter 33
Part 5, Chapter 33

12:16


Part 5, Chapter 34
Part 5, Chapter 34

16:03


Part 5, Chapter 35
Part 5, Chapter 35

08:31


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

04:28