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Perigee [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Chiles
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Stranded in orbit, with no way home before the air runs out…

A veteran pilot flying a revolutionary spaceplane,

A media mogul on an urgent mission halfway around the world,

And an aerospace legend fighting to save his legacy, in the face of a government that would stand aside to let it be destroyed.

At hypersonic speed, Arthur Hammond’s fleet of Clipper spaceplanes has become the premium choice for high-flying travel, placing every corner of the globe within a few hours’ reach. But when the line’s flagship is marooned in space with a load of VIP clients, its crew must fight to stay alive knowing that help may never arrive.

As they struggle with failing life support and increasingly desperate passengers, their colleagues back on Earth scramble to mount an audacious rescue. A contentious mix of old airline hands and NASA veterans, they will face shocking betrayals in a battle to save their friends.

In this race against time, Hammond must confront an onslaught of horrendous press, nitpicking bureaucrats, and dubious financiers – all of them pawns in a larger game, with his business empire as the prize. Amid a spreading web of industrial espionage, he may find the truth to be worse than imagined.

And in space, one man will discover that escape may demand a terrible sacrifice.

Reviewers have called it "a real barn-burner" and "the best darned 'sci-fi' novel I've read in years." PERIGEE opens the next chapter in air and space travel, where ordinary people will accomplish extraordinary things.

About the Author

Patrick Chiles is a graduate of The Citadel and a Marine Corps veteran. Over the past twenty years he has worked as an airline flight controller, performance engineer, and safety manager. He has written for a number of aerospace magazines, including Smithsonian’s Air & Space. This is his first novel. A proud native of South Carolina, he currently lives in Ohio with his wife and children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469957132
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PNL48I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Chiles is a graduate of The Citadel and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He has been privileged to write for a number of aviation and aerospace magazines, including Air & Space Smithsonian. PERIGEE is his first novel.

He is a licensed pilot and airline dispatcher, and has held a wide variety of jobs in flight operations, engineering, and safety programs over the past twenty years.

A proud native of South Carolina, he currently resides as an expatriate southerner in Ohio with his wife and children. Besides writing, he enjoys hiking, music, and astronomy. He requires regular doses of BBQ and coffee, though not at the same time.

He blogs about writing, reading, science, pseudo-science, aerospace, and whatever else suits his fancy at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok 3 July 2012
By Tim
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I think that when buying the books it is important that reviews are plentiful and accurate. For me this was an ok book nothing more or less. The storyline did not hold any surprises nor did the outcome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clever techno thriller 15 Feb 2012
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Due to sabotage, a hypersonic sub-orbital passenger spacecraft gets enough speed to gain orbit. They have less than 5 days to get down again before the air runs out. Throw in a panicky business magnate plus a leaking door and the scene is set.
The details of the spacecraft operation are well conceived, well described and the primary scenario is entirely believable. With Virgin and SpaceX offering commercial flights to orbit, this is a topical techno-thriller with a subliminal plea to not forget NASA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Airport' for the 21st century 26 Feb 2012
By Da iawn
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Well done!
This is quite simply a very good book. Solidly written and well paced, it had all the detail needed to bring the story to life without being too technical. A diverse bunch of characters with strong motivation and the author doesn't try to be too clever with plot twists while still keeping you interested. The best thing I can say is I'd have gladly paid quite a bit more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish it, slow and unengaging. 27 Jan 2014
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I thought long and hard before writing this review, as I don't think I've ever given a book one star before and honestly, I hate to knock an author's work.
I do however feel it it's helpful for people to read negative reviews of a prospective book, to help make up their minds whether to purchase it or not.

To give some background, I read a lot of science fiction, and the synopsis of this book sounded great to me (I've always been interested in sub-orbital travel), hence me buying it without downloading a sample first.

In my case, this proved to be a mistake.

I read about forty pages and then realised I had no particular desire to read any more, which is very unusual for me. Virtually nothing of import had happened (there was an explosion early on, but it was narrated dispassionately and I don't think anyone would really try and claim it was an exciting scene). I also didn't care about a single character, and could actually hardly remember them between scenes. They are realistic, and somewhat well rounded but this isn't enough, as they are also *dull*.
I am used to underwhelming characterisation in certain "hard sf" books but I found the cast in this book to be particularly devoid of interest.
Then there is the plot and dialogue. My understanding is that the author is a genuine expert in aviation protocols and procedures, but for me, the added verisimilitude this brought to the prose was a negative rather than a positive. When your characters already lack spark, having them frequently talk about frankly mundane technical and procedural details of flights just serves to belabour the point that very little of interest is happening.

So, I got to forty pages and seriously considered stopping, which would be unprecedented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised by this book 25 Sep 2013
By Expat
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This is a definite departure from my normal read but was offered as a Kindle freebie so decided to give it a try. Found it really good and the storyline kept me turning the pages. Would make a great film with lots of 'edge of the seat' moments as the rescue missions take place. End a tad disappointing but the rest of the book makes up for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 28 Jun 2013
By Ross
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About time there was a really enjoyable space book without any need for sci-fi. Thoroughly enjoyed Perigee from start to finish and will certainly read more from the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it 16 Mar 2013
By qwasz55
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A good mix of Sci-Fi, Intrigue & Skullduggery. The characters fitted into place. I found he interaction between the beaurocrats, politicians & Technicians entirely believable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A short but exciting journey.
Not a long book but it had me hooked right from the start. Never a dull moment! Seriously a great read and I recommend it to all techno junkies, and others who enjoy exciting... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. H. Chesters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great realistic space adventure
This is a great story which is written with so much detail that it is totally convincing. I thoroughly enjoyed this rescue story because the technical detail makes it seem real. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Stephen Sackleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent disaster/conspiracy thriller
Well done to this author who manages to combine the elements of a space-bound Airport-type disaster, a conspiracy and a healthy dose of aeronautical and astronautical science to... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Mr. M. D. Horne
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent book, which held my attention throughout. Drama, humour, loss, betrayal and the peril of space! The characters are real, the story believable. I can see it as a movie. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals
3.0 out of 5 stars Perigee
I thought this was a reasonable book, with a very good ending.

However, the book was spoilt somewhat, by the complexity of the cast of chatactors, far too many of them !
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Tim W
5.0 out of 5 stars Space thats to come
A good strong plot with characters to match,with an ending that was worth waiting for. Hope that the author is planning a follow up book with the same cast list as, some of the... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by P. J. Stafford
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