Orbit by John J. Nance
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The year is 2009. For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on American Space Adventure's spacecraft is a dream come true. One grand shot of insanity and he can return to earth fulfilled. But the thrill of the successful launch turns to terror when a micrometeorite penetrates the capsule, leaving the radios as dead as the pilot. Reality hits: Kip isn't going home.

With nothing to do but wait for his doomed fate, Kip writes his epitaph on the ship's laptop computer, unaware that an audience of millions has discovered it and is tracking his every word on the Internet. As a massive struggle gets underway to rescue him, Kip has no idea that the world can hear his cries -- or that his heroism in the face of death may sabotage his best chance of survival.
 

About John J. Nance

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John J. Nance was born in Texas and grew up in Dallas. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from SMU and a Juris Doctor from SMU School of Law, and is a licensed aerospace attorney. Nance is a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and he is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve. Nance has piloted various jet aircraft and has logged over 13,000 hours of flight time in his commercial airline and Air Force careers. Nance is also an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, and is the Aviation Analyst for ABC televison and the Aviation Editor for Good Morning America. His editorials have been published in newspapers nationwide, including the L. A. Times and USA Today. Nance has written non-fiction books including Splash of Colors, Blind Trust, On Shaky Ground, and What Goes Up, and fiction bestsellers including Final Approach, Scorpion Strike, Phoenix Rising, Pandora's Clock, Medusa's Child, The Last Hosatage, Blackout, Headwind and Turbulence. Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child both aired as major, successful two-part mini-series on television.
 
Published March 13, 2006 by Simon & Schuster. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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Considerably less compelling are the autobiographical musings Kip unwittingly transmits to the rest of the planet—leading to a storyline that reads like an Oprah episode lost in space.

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John J Nance, an aviation analyst for NBC and former Air Force pilot, has made a second (or, rather, third) career for himself by writing critically acclaimed science-fiction thrillers about adventures in air and space.

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When his father had injured his back in his fourth big-time league football match he’d said to his son, See, if I’d made a song and dance about getting in the team, I’d look ridiculous now.

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