Blue Darker Than Black









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. By far the proficient crew assigned to the Blue Gemini Project, the pair is tasked to fly virtually every mission after the other astronauts fail to successfully accomplish their objectives.

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 canít explain his frequent absences and strange activities to his wife, Ourecky learns that his unborn child may be in grave danger as a consequence of his flights into space.

On the far side of the Iron Curtain, the Soviets are gaining momentum in the development of the Krepost, a military space station armed with nuclear warheads. As the technology is perfected, a crew of cosmonauts is selected to fly the first mission.

Even as the Ourecky and Carson accumulate one successful mission after another in space, other crucial events occur much closer to home. Inter-service rivalries reach new heights as a caustic but highly influential Navy admiral schemes to wrest control of Blue Gemini 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 Projectís secrets from discovery, leading to a confrontation that bears fatal consequences. After one especially harrowing reentry, Ourecky and Carson fight for their lives in one of the most primitive and destitute countries in the world. A covert rescue team---guided by an incredibly lethal Special Forces commando---is called to action, but they learn that violent action is not always the solution to every tactical problem.

As they train to accomplish more difficult missions against complicated targets, Ourecky and Carson are asked to volunteer to risk their lives 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.

Image courtesy Ed Jenne Illustration

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