The Melody of Secrets

The Melody of Secrets

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When James Cooper, the fighter pilot with whom she had an affair fifteen years earlier, takes a job with the U.S. space program, along with her husband, Maria finds her life shattered by a discovery James makes about the rocket engines and the scientistsdeveloping them.

McMillan Palgrave

Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is an epic love story set against the 1960s U.S. space program, when deeply-buried secrets could threaten not just a marriage, but a country.

Maria was barely eighteen as WWII was coming to its explosive end. A brilliant violinist, she tried to comfort herself with the Sibelius Concerto as American bombs rained down. James Cooper wasn't much older. A roguish fighter pilot stationed in London, he was shot down during a daring night raid and sought shelter in Maria's cottage.

Fifteen years later, in Huntsville, Alabama, Maria is married to a German rocket scientist who works for the burgeoning U.S. space program. Her life in the South is at peace, purposefully distanced from her past. Everything is as it should be—until James Cooper walks back into it.

Pulled from the desert airfield where he was testing planes no sane Air Force pilot would touch, and drinking a bit too much, Cooper is offered the chance to work for the government, and move himself to the front of the line for the astronaut program. He soon realizes that his job is to report not only on the rocket engines but also on the scientists developing them. Then Cooper learns secrets that could shatter Maria's world...



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& Taylor

"Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is an epic love story set against the 1960s U.S. space program, where deeply-buried secrets could threaten not just a marriage, but a country. Maria was barely eighteen when WWII was coming to its explosive end. A brilliant violinist, she tries to comfort herself with the Sibelius Concerto as American bombs rain down. James Cooper wasn't much older. A roguish fighter pilot stationed in London, he was shot down in a daring night raid and seeks shelter in Maria's cottage. Fifteen years later, in Huntsville, Alabama, Maria is married to a German rocket scientist who works for the burgeoning US Space Program. Her life in the south is at peace, purposefully distanced from her past. Everything is as it should be --until Robert Cooper walks back into it. Pulled from a desert airfield where he was testing planes no sane Air Force pilot would touch, and drinking a bit too much, Cooper is offered the chance to work for the government, and move himself to the front of the line for the astronaut program. He soon realizes that his job is not only to report on the rocket engines, but also on the scientists developing them. Then Cooper learns secrets that could shatter Maria's world.."--
When James Cooper, the fighter pilot with whom she had an affair 15 years earlier, takes a job with the U.S. space program in the 1960s, along with her husband, a German rocket scientist, Maria finds her peaceful life shattered by a discovery James makes about the rocket engines and the scientists developing them.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781250001092
Branch Call Number: FIC STE
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,22 cm.

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May 05, 2014

Every character has their own secrets in this book. When those secrets start to come out in the open, each character has difficult decisions to make. I enjoyed the aspect of history concerning the beginning of the US's entry into the space programs.

Andge1 Feb 25, 2014

Started reading this book but couldn't finish it. It seemed like it was going to be a good story line but the writing was dry and didn't intrigue me enough to keep with it.

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