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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-20-2015 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Blue Gemini" and "Blue Darker Than Black" are the first two novels in a historical fiction series by author Mike Jenne that dives into the U.S. military's aspirations for a manned space program in the 1960s. Thoroughly researched, the books integrate real and fictional events, people and places to deliver a compelling alternate history.

Blue Gemini: A Thriller
by Mike Jenne

The year is 1968: The Cold War is far from over, 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, serving 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.

  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing (May 5, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1631580477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580475

Blue Darker Than Black: A Thriller
by Mike Jenne

In the second book of the Blue Gemini trilogy, Air Force Majors Scott Ourecky and Drew Carson continue to fly highly classified missions to intercept and destroy suspect Soviet satellites.

But after experiencing numerous close calls in orbit, the astronauts soon discover that not all perils reside in the sky. With his marriage already at risk because he cannot explain his frequent absences and strange activities to his wife, Ourecky learns that his unborn child may be in grave danger as a radiation consequence of his flights into space.

Even as the Ourecky and Carson accumulate successful mission after successful mission in space, other crucial events occur much closer to home. Interservice rivalries reach new heights as a caustic but highly influential Navy admiral schemes to steal control of the Project from the Air Force. Realizing that a Soviet GRU agent is operating in their midst, a shadowy team of counter-intelligence operatives scramble to shield the Project's secrets from discovery, leading to a confrontation that bears fatal consequences.

As they train to accomplish more difficult missions against complicated targets, Ourecky and Carson are asked to volunteer to risk their lives one more time in an extremely hazardous rescue mission. The stakes are high; even as they leave the launch pad, there is no certainty that either man will return.

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Yucca Publishing (January 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1631580663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631580666

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-20-2015 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike Jenne has announced a new "Blue Gemini" commemorative patch:
Tim Gagnon, who has designed mission patches for NASA flights and the ISS expedition crews, was kind enough to create a commemorative crew patch for Blue Gemini.

In the patch design, two cowboys (Carson and Ourecky) ride hard along their orbital trajectory, in pursuit of their elusive prey — the "Devil's Herd" — represented by the steer skull with the red eyes. Carson's whirling lasso denotes their IIK (Intercept-Inspect-Kill) mission.

A "Blue Gemini" symbol (at the bottom) is "ghost stitched" with the same thread as the background, to signify the highly classified nature of this project.

The patch is available for purchase from Skyforce Space Patches.

Skyforce1
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posted 10-20-2015 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Blue Gemini patch is still in production. Price will be $8.00. Contact me for more info.

I will also be taking pre-orders starting tomorrow.

Ronpur
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posted 10-20-2015 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! These are great books, and I can't wait to read the last one!

p51
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posted 10-21-2015 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in the middle of the first book right now and I REALLY like it. As the author is a former Green Beret, I love the details he included (like the Ft Rucker chopper crews handing out candy bars to people they think are Ranger candidates at Camp Rudder). Few authors would know to include such details.

Anyone who's served can easily picture the environment the author describes. It's almost like you're reading a first-person historical book and not a novel. Can't wait to get to the 2nd book!

I like that patch, might have to get one.

Ronpur
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posted 10-21-2015 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The research that Mike did for this novel is detailed. The drawings his brother did for the Gemini Interceptor look like they came out of the USAF archives.

I was inspired to build a model of the Gemini and have shared on the Blue Gemini Facebook page.

Ronpur
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posted 01-10-2016 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Blue Darker than Black" is now shipping from Amazon.

Ronpur
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posted 05-24-2016 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was honored to read an advanced copy of "Pale Blue", the final book in this trilogy. I really enjoyed it and it is a very satisfying conclusion to the story.

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posted 06-03-2016 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the opportunity to read Pale Blue, the final book in the Blue Gemini trilogy by Mike Jenne.

Let me state up front, I've never enjoyed a series more. This trilogy is as good as anything I've read from Tom Clancy, James Michener or Ian Fleming.

Like those other writers Mike Jenne "paints" a richly detailed triptych. Forgive the artist metaphors but I'm a fine and graphic artist. In fact Blue Gemini inspired me so much that I reached out to Jenne to ask if I could design the official Blue Gemini patch.

I remember the first explorations off the planet, my Dad was career Army and my older brother served in Vietnam so I remember that period of history very well. Mike Jenne recreates the time and "feel" very accurately. His attention to detail, his pacing of the story and his realistic ending are welcome and satisfying. You just know he writes from a foundation of truth.

Whether you are a fan of the other writers I mentioned, read the Blue Gemini trilogy. You'll become a fan of Mike Jenne.

p51
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posted 06-30-2016 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm almost done with "Darker Than Black" and loved the book as I did the first one. Can't wait to see how the third books wraps up this fictional account of a USAF Gemini program.

Makes you wonder, though, if there had been something like this, would the crews be talking about it today, after all these years?

p51
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posted 10-03-2016 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just finished, "Pale Blue" a few minutes ago.

This book, frankly, went on and on, way longer than it needed to be. Jenne does a good job wrapping up what seemed like completely random loose ends from the second book, but I felt like it was a good 50+ pages longer than it needed to be.

But all that said, the trilogy came to a reasonably plausible conclusion. I'm very glad I read these books.

Gilbert
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posted 11-30-2016 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on these comments, I just ordered the trilogy. Can't wait to read the books.

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