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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
The Mysterious World of Professor Darkk and Miss Shadow (Darkk of the Moon) by Jeff Walker is an imaginative novella. Part science fiction, part fantasy and part historical fiction, the plot centers around the last Apollo mission of NASA, Apollo 17. Aboard their spacecraft, astronauts Gene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt await the “go” from Mission Control when there is an unexplained delay for launch. The reason for the delay? The crew learns there will be a “guest” to accompany them to the moon. The guest is the mysterious Professor Darkk, spelled with two Ks. Where he came from, his mysterious background, and what he is after on the moon adds to the astronauts' apprehension about the mission. From there, the last successful NASA manned flight to Earth’s only moon takes on a whole new meaning.
Darkk of the Moon, a play on words, has snappy dialogue between our bewildered astronauts, especially Gene Cernan with Professor Darkk, keeping the pace of the short novella fun for the reader. The witty banter between the astronauts during the trip to the moon and subsequently on the moon’s surface makes the improbable story almost believable. What happens on the moon and the reaction of the astronauts, Cernan, in particular, is a delight. There is a short epilogue that introduces the equally mysterious Miss Shadow. Whether you are a fan of the genre or a casual, but curious reader, The Mysterious World of Professor Darkk and Miss Shadow (Darkk of the Moon) is a fun read.