The year is 1968: The Cold War is far from over, and nuclear annihilation is always only a heartbeat away. America is racing the Soviet Union to land men on the moon, a war is raging, and a pivotal presidential election looms on the horizon. A child of the early space age, Lieutenant Scott Ourecky joined the air force with aspirations of going to flight school. A brilliant engineer, he repeatedly fails the aptitude test to become a pilot but is selected to work on a highly classified military space program - the innocuously named Aerospace Support Project - in which air force astronauts are slated to fly missions to intercept and destroy suspect Soviet satellites.
When one of the astronauts in training abruptly falls out of the project, Ourecky is asked to fill in for the two-man simulated missions and survival training only. He's asked to serve with a headstrong and abrasive test pilot, Major Drew Carson, until another astronaut can be assigned. By far the most proficient pilot assigned to the project, Carson has a dangerous propensity to engage in pick-up dog fighting sessions while on cross-country training flights. And although Ourecky was only a temporary place holder, not destined to fly in space, he soon finds himself much more involved than he ever anticipated - and in deepest peril.
Based on a real secret space program, Blue Gemini combines high-altitude action with edge-of-your-seat storytelling to create a modern Cold War thriller.
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By Derrick on 02-09-16
I really liked this. For folk like me who were small children at the time this story is set, the early days of space exploration have a seductive resonance. This story taps straight into this, taking a cancelled "black" programme and making it real. This is primarily a "Boy's Own" and likely "Boys only" story, but nevertheless a well-written, well-paced adventure rather than a "thriller". There is a nice balance of action and science, with intelligent characterisation rather than Top Gun-style heroes.
Robust history it certainly is not, but an engaging adventure with a satisfying flavour of realism? Absolutely.
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By Steve S. on 09-10-15
Conservatively Tagged 'A Thriller'
Blue Gemini is the riveting tale of an unlikely astronaut in a secret space program thick in the middle of the Cold War. What makes the story so spellbinding is it is based on fact and experience.
Blue Gemini was a little-known offshoot of the white world NASA Gemini space program but was instead run by the US Air Force. Because of the secrecy involved, launches and crew returns would have been handled in secrecy and the book describes how these operations could have very plausibly been accomplished. The book details the mission planning, training and eventual orbital activities.
Blue Gemini is more than just a techno-thriller, it's also the very human story of Scott Ourecky, the comfortable, content, land-based airman whose unique talents make him a key part of the secret space program, a part that requires him to grow beyond his original conservative career goals and forge some strong bonds along the way.
Blue Gemini is full of intrigue and adventure and moves at a quick pace. Kudos to Mike Jenne for creating an engaging, believable - and thrilling - story. I look forward to the next two installments in the trilogy. Kevin Stillwell has done a great job of voicing each of the characters uniquely and conveying the quick pace of the adventure with ease. Most highly recommended.
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By CarNut on 17-07-15
wonderful...deep involvement in the space complex
REAL people, real astronaut training, real risks... can't wait for book two!!!! loved this, twenty hours! great value.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful