Code to Zero
By Ken Follett
(Dutton Adult, Hardcover, 9780525945635, 368pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 2000
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At Cape Canaveral, a countdown has begun. On launch pad 26B sits Explorer I, America's best hope to match the Soviet Sputnik and regain the lead in the race for the skies above.
Bound together by the past, separated by war, and caught up in the mighty struggle between the superpowers, four old friends from Harvard sit at the very center in this dangerous heart of the cold war. And as Luke Lucas relearns the story of his life, he uncovers long-kept secrets about his wife, his best friend, the woman he once loved more than life itself . . . and realizes that his fate is tied to the rocket that stands ready on launch pad 26B at the Cape. Luke knew something that someone was desperate for him to forget, and unless he is able to discover that terrible, deadly secret, Luke may be left powerless to save the launch of Explorer -- and with it, America's future.