When the discovery of a lifetime…
Becomes a rescue mission.
Will the crew of the Goliath have the courage to do the right thing?
Repairing a spaceship to fly to the Moon wasn’t the easiest job Sam ever took on, but if it helped get his merit badges…
Then, like any would-be Lunar Scout, he’d always do his best.
His best friend, Max the Robot, had been a great help with the repairs, but as the time to launch approached, Sam’s worries grew.
Would the Goliath even fly?
You will love this super fun space adventure, full of brave choices and great friends.
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Targeted Age Group:: 6-8
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I started writing children's books because I love telling stories to my own son. The Great Between is a development of our shared love of space and science fiction.
Sam sat in the captain’s chair and used the viewscreen to call the space-flight control tower. “Come in Mars Control,” he said. “This is Sam of the Goliath. We’re ready for final start-up.”
The viewscreen blinked and showed the control tower operator. “Hi Sam,” she said. “I have your spaceship’s readout on my screen. You are clear for start-up.”
Sam nodded and looked at Max, who smiled and gave him a thumbs-up. Sam pushed the button to begin the sequence. The grumbles of the Goliath’s main engines starting almost shook him out of his chair. He pushed a few more buttons, and the vibrations faded into a smooth rumbling roar.
“Hooray!” shouted Max.
“Sorry,” said Sam. “That was too rough a start. I need to check those engines again.”
“It’s okay,” said the control tower operator. “You smoothed it out. You’ve done an outstanding job repairing the Goliath.”
Sam rubbed his neck. “I just fixed one thing, then the next,” he said. “Anyone could have done it.”
The operator laughed. “Not just anyone—.”
The Goliath’s emergency radio turned itself on and began chirping rapidly.
“What now?” moaned Sam.
“I’ve got it,” said Max as he checked the radio. “The emergency radio is locked on to a strange signal. Someone needs help!”
The operator shook her head. “We’ve seen that a few times today. All spaceships have checked in, safe and sound, so it must be a beacon somewhere needing repairs.”
“That doesn’t compute,” said Max. “The emergency radio is programmed to find signals from someone needing help, not some beacon going wonky.”
“You’re right, Max” said Sam. “But if all our spaceships are okay, what else can it be?”
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Doug Parker writes Action & Adventures stories in the realms of Science-Fiction and Fantasy.
He fell in love with books as a child, spending many happy nights reading under his covers with a flashlight instead of sleeping.
His first foray into writing came in college, where he was published several times by on-campus magazines. After ranging about in theatre and film for a few years, he returned to his true passion of writing books.
He lives in Bermuda with his wife, child, cat, two dogs and enough wild birds to make Alfred Hitchcock nervous.