Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Review of BURNOUT The Mystery of Space Shuttle STS -281 By Stephanie Osborn

Publisher:              Twilight Times Books (April 15, 2009)
Paperback:           332 pages
ISBN-10:               1606192000
 ISBN-13:              9781606192009
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Reviewer:             H David Blalock 

Synopsis: There has been a shuttle disaster, apparently costing the lives of all aboard. And it was no accident. That is the theme of Burnout, a modern science-fiction thriller by former NASA scientist Stephanie Osborn.

Investigating the disaster are “Crash” Murphy, longtime friend of the fallen shuttle pilot, and Australian astronomer Dr. Michael Anders. They quickly discover that the “accident” disguised much more than mere bureaucratic incompetence. As friends and lovers die on all sides, they find a shadowy conspiracy reaching deep into NASA and several other organizations hides an even deeper, more disturbing secret. Drawn inevitably to the enigmatic Area 51, Murphy and Anders are caught up in a fight for their lives as they reveal the truth behind the Burnout.

Review:   Burnout is a non-stop action adventure full of surprises, twists, and turns that keep the reader riveted from chapter to chapter. Osborn's characters are real people, with flaws and strengths that endear them to the audience early and involve the reader in their fates, taking them on an emotional roller coaster ride that thunders to a startling conclusion.

Highly recommended.

Find Stephanie Osborn, The Interstellar Woman of Mystery, at


Website: http://www.stephanie-osborn.com where she posts her blog.

Biography (care of Amazon Author Bio)

Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian and military space programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster.

She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and is "fluent" in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She possesses a license of ministry in the Protestant faith; was a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter. Her space experience includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects. Her travels have taken her to the top of Pikes Peak, across the world's highest suspension bridge, down into gold mines, in the footsteps of dinosaurs, through groves of giant Sequoias, and even to the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, where she explored many volcanoes, including being present for several phreatic eruptions of Mt. St. Helens. Her broad knowledge base and experience led the LibertyCon 2011 programmers to describe her as a polymath.

With over twenty books presently authored, co-authored, or contributed-to, Stephanie is the author of the celebrated science fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281, co-author of the Cresperian Saga, and currently writes the critically-acclaimed Displaced Detective series, which has been described as, "Sherlock Holmes meets the X-Files"!

Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily "passes it forward," teaching math and science via numerous media, and working with SIGMA, the science fiction think tank, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels

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