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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Moon Luck by Wayne Scott Harral is a well-written science fiction drama. The scenario the author composes makes you wonder if this could be more fact than fiction in the near future. The compelling plot centers on a big what-if premise: what if the moon is colonized, and a murder takes place? Can it really be called murder? This is a multi-layered plot. First, you have thirty astronauts/colonists making their home on the moon for long stretches of time. Then you have the scientists and explorers, who are also astronauts, trying to raise plants on the surface of the moon. They go about their time researching and experimenting and, as with any community, no matter how big or small or where it is, friends and foes develop. Murder happens in even the smallest of communities, so the death of a senior resident raises a critical question: was it an accident, or was it murder? A trial attempts to get to the bottom of it and find the real culprit.
Wayne Scott Harral is a skilled writer who brings this story to life with intelligence, emotion, and detail, which brings you into his world and makes you believe it's real. He grounds the story in a solid foundation, which paves the way for the intriguing events to unfold in a convincing manner. You'll find yourself immersed in the plot, the characters, and the trial, and soon you too will be asking some of the same questions as the characters. This is the kind of writing that's missing in some sci-fi today: a simple story well-told, with hidden gems to ponder beneath the surface. You will also learn a lot from the details, and I could easily see this playing out as a film. The list of characters and glossary at the end of the book are an added bonus. If you're looking for a murder investigation packaged in a thought-provoking sci-fi drama, be sure to read Moon Luck by Wayne Scott Harral before the year is up.