As the Project enters its final phase, air force majors Carson and Ourecky are dispatched on an urgent mission to intercept and investigate a massive orbiting object suspected of harboring nuclear weapons. Emotionally exhausted, with his marriage teetering on the brink, Ourecky reluctantly accepts the assignment; in return for his sacrifice, he is promised an opportunity to go to MIT to pursue the PhD he has long desired.
As they draw close to the mysterious satellite and prepare to destroy it, they are confronted with a dark secret that they will carry forever and are forced to contemplate their own mortality and the dire prospect of dying in space.
On their return to Earth, they are offered an opportunity that's almost too good to pass up, which entails flying into orbit yet again, except under considerably different circumstances. Ourecky wrestles with his decision, knowing that choosing to fly will almost certainly result in the loss of his marriage, while Carson is finally granted an opportunity to fly in Vietnam. Although he is finally allowed to fulfill his dream of flying in combat, Carson soon discovers that there are some fates worse than death.
Pale Blue is the epic, high-flying conclusion to the Blue Gemini trilogy that will leave you breathless.
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Great, believeable story, fantastic performance!
I loved this book! Master author Mike Jenne’s “Pale Blue” is the third novel in the fabulous “Blue Gemini” series of exciting historical fiction chronicalling the exploits of Air Force astronauts as they seek out potentially threatening Soviet satellites in orbit in the late sixties and early seventies. The author clearly conducted extensive technical and historical research and sought the insight of astronauts, aerospace engineers, launch personnel, and space flight directors to craft a highly believable and realistic novel. Adding to the drama and the realism, space flight support activities and personnel are cleaverly woven into the storyline. These supporting roles include search and rescue personnel, remote communications personnel, space flight command center staff, senior military officers, and a noteworthy politician. These elements of intrigue are woven together in a fashion reminiscent of that used by James Michener in the best selling novel “The Bridges at Toko Ri”. While there is certainly a lot of technology embedded in the story it is a human story at its core. The hopes and dreams of the astronauts are explored along with the stress and strain the intrigue adds to the astronaut’s personnel lives and the impact it has on their families and loved ones. Further adding to the plot, the author weaves in exciting intrigue and mystery in accurately portraying the Soviet cosmonauts, the communist bureaucracy, military leaders, and aerospace engineers engaged in the Soviet’s clandestine space program. Like an exciting James Bond novel, the “Blue Gemini” series logically takes the reader to numerous exotic locations around the world as the storyline unfolds. The author’s personnel knowledge from traveling to and working in these exotic locales only adds to the realism. The author also accurately conveys the texture of the early seventies as the backdrop. I highly recommend “Pale Blue” to anyone interested in reading thrilling, realistic science fiction. “Pale Blue” offers an exciting alternative to many of today’s unrealistic, fantasy based and super hero based science fiction novels. In reading “Pale Blue”, you will be impressed by the authenticity of the story and the characters. I am definitely looking forward to Mike Jenne’s next novel, whatever that might be...
There are three interwoven plots going on, each with its own element of intrigue and excitement.
I liked Carson, Orecki, Hansen, and Glades the most. Each was well developed and had a significant role in the novel.
Hard to put down!
I highly recommend this book. Great performance by Kevin Stillwell, a highly talented narrator. Mike Jenne is a fantastic author!
- David Jacob Heino
One of the best stories I've read
- roger hassell