This is a true story compiled from several interviews, documents, court records and other sources. Some names have been changed for confidentially reasons.
Thad Roberts is so intelligent and smart. He has been kicked out of the Mormon Mission Training Program for being honest about a premarital relationship and is then shunned by his parents.
As he contemplates his future he decides he wants to be an astronaut and takes on 3 different majors in science at college and starts applying to the NASA co-op program. He is thrilled when he is accepted.
On his second tour in the co-op program Thad decides that he wants to give his girlfriend the moon. literally. He has learned all the ins and outs of the different labs and offices on the base and decides that he can pull off the "most audacious heist in history". He is going to steal actual moon rocks from NASA.
Reading this book I thought this can't actually be true. How could a man so intelligent actually think he could pull this off? The story is very compelling and there is no way to avoid a spoiler here because he does really try to pull this off. You have to read this story to actually believe what he goes though and see his thought processes. The way this man believes he is doing no more than a college prank is amazing and it kept me turning the pages. I also couldn't believe that he tried to sell them over the internet and for a very small price considering what they were and their true value.
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History includes actual letters written by Thad Roberts throughout the book. This is a story of his journey kept as true as possible with a few things changed by the author for security reasons. It is a very interesting read. It is not a thriller by any means but a story about the way love and greed can even make a genius do really stupid things.
If you are a history buff or interested in NASA at all this is a must read. Mystery fans will like it just from the pure plot standpoint as Roberts pulls his plan together. The title to me though is completely wrong, it may be a trick by the author or publisher to get the book off the shelves into readers hands. There is the moon in this story but very little sex. The Moon Rock Heist would be a much better title.
For more info there is a true account of the story here.
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