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Burnout: The Mystery of Space Shuttle Sts-281 [Perfect Paperback]

Stephanie Osborn

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15 April 2009
Burnout is a science fiction mystery about a Space Shuttle disaster that turns out to be no accident. As the true scope of the disaster is gradually uncovered by the principal investigators, "Crash" Murphy and Dr. Mike Anders, they find themselves running for their lives, as lovers, friends and coworkers involved in the investigation perish around them. What happened to the Shuttle? Who is responsible and why? Why is the government calling it an accident? Why is someone willing to kill to keep it a secret? And how big is the conspiracy?

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  • Perfect Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books (15 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606192000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606192009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,968,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very satisfying read 23 Aug 2010
By R. McKown - Published on Amazon.com
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The core story premise of Burnout is a classic one, having been told many times over the last few decades. Unfortunately I didn't find Burnout to be a satisfying read.

I could make no emotional connection with the characters. They were thin on substance, and static over the course of the book. I was never surprised by a characters' actions. What suspense existed was driven by what happened to them and not so much by their choices and actions. Some of the devices used to share information about a character were rather annoying. For example, more than once a main characters explains in first person what experience in their background allows them to accomplish some task.

The skeleton of the story line was interesting, and the NASA ops and historical references were fun. The reader is 'dropped' into the story and has to get their bearing along the way as do the protagonists, "murder mystery" style, which I personally find an appealing approach. But the story and its novelty just weren't strong enough to "make up" the difference. The sci-fi genre is notorious for books arguably weak on character development that are still enjoyable reads because of an interesting story line. But the funny thing is, such tales end up adding "character" to the characters, even if only by some form of literary osmosis. Burnout doesn't really deliver in this regard.

One final point are the two completely gratuitous sex scenes. They aren't important to the story line, and don't add insight into the involved characters or their relationships. One of the scenes had potential, as it seemed to be setting up for a sub-plot questioning the nature of the relationship of the couple. Sadly, this was not to be.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and intriguing 24 Nov 2009
By S. Harper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Perfect Paperback
Burnout seems more like mystery than science fiction, but there are some science fiction aspects to it as well as a touch of romance. It has a number of interesting twists and turns that make it hard to put down. I also had to force myself not to look ahead. While the focus of the plot is the space shuttle, there's actually a lot more to it. It has a glossary in the back but there's just enough technical terms to make it realistic without becoming a burden. I thought it was a fun read and never got bored with it at all.
5.0 out of 5 stars ....they are OUT THERE! 31 July 2013
By William Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephanie uses her vast NASA experience to project a future threat discovered by our new favorite ex-astronaut "Crash' Murphy. Maybe a little too much time in the tunnels for my taste, but if there's a sequel - the action should be INTENSE! C'mon Steph - what happens NEXT?
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fantastic read! 5 Dec 2012
By Keith Persico - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked the pacing in this book, and the way the two main characters pieced together what was going on. I had found the two sex scenes to be somewhat irrelevant, but it was still a good way to establish their relationships. The ending was really good, and the only complaint I have is that there is no sequel or resolution to the interstellar war. I want to see the interstellar war they were talking about resolved.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Excellent Read! 20 May 2009
By B. Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Perfect Paperback
I'm not a sci-fi fan...I like William Shatner and don't like Captain Kirk. I couldn't tell you the names of the Star Wars or Star Trek movies and would be guessing at the character names. I read this to do a review for a club and was set for a speedy "skipping stone" read reminiscent of my college years. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least! I'm a Stephen Hunter fan and this book grabbed me the same way (c'mon, you know what I mean) with a multi-faceted storyline that keeps you interested. My wife is more traditional than me and is now having the same don't-wanna-put-it-down symptoms. Highly recommended, especially for people interested in Roswell (where my wife was "deposited"), NASA, or flying.
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