Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Specific Impulse

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Book Review - Specific Impulse

About the Book  
It’s not every day that a former officer in the United States Air Force becomes the author of a science fiction thriller. But that’s exactly the case for Charles Justiz, who wrote his first novel Specific Impulse, the first in a planned trilogy. Compared to the works of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, Justiz takes readers on an exciting journey full of drama and deception. The book follows Carin Gonzales and Jake Sabio as they are forced to fight for their lives when a mysterious explosion changes them in unpredictable ways. From gaining the ability to smell more precisely to moving in ways that are clearly impossible, Gonzales and Sabio quickly become wanted people by the Center for Disease Control and Special Agent Will Greenfield. Only time will tell if the two strangers can find the cure for their infection before it is too late. 

About the Author
Overall, Justiz has logged in excess of 15,000 flight hours in more than 100 different types of aircraft, including NASA’s weightless training aircraft affectionately known as the “Vomit Comet” and the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Dr. Justiz developed the Crew Resource Management program for NASA aviators and pushed to get it adopted, was the program manager for developing an on-board landing simulation system for Space Shuttle pilots to use while on orbit and has been the Chief of Aviation Safety for NASA.
NASA_picCharles Justiz is a pilot, corporate aviation safety consultant and the author of Specific Impulse. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a former officer of the United States Air Force, Justiz spent tours of duty as an instructor pilot at Webb Air Force Base as well as doing flight test at Eglin Air Force Base. Retired from NASA as of June 1, 2010, he was rated as both an instructor pilot and an examiner pilot in the Astronaut T-38, the Shuttle Training Aircraft (with more than 25 years of experience and 15,000+ Shuttle approaches), the C-9 and in the 747 Shuttle Carrier.

This highly experienced aviator is the author of 20 technical papers on in-flight simulation, as well as 30 technical papers on ionized plasma flows around charged spacecraft. Justiz is also a former instructor for the University of Colorado, where he taught several graduate courses in astrodynamics and spacecraft mission design. Currently, he holds an adjunct associate professorship at the University of Houston in aerospace engineering.

A first generation Cuban-American, Justiz holds a doctorate degree from the University of Houston for his research in Thermo Physics and Plasma Dynamics and is a NASA Doctoral Fellow. He lives in Seabrook, Texas, with his wife, Dayna Steele, author of Rock to the Top: What I Learned about Success from the World’s Greatest Rock Stars, three sons and a faithful Labrador.

His first novel and the first in a trilogy, Specific Impulse, is available at and wherever books are sold. The book is a science based thriller that has been compared by critics to the works of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook. Follow @charlesjustiz on Twitter for updates and become a fan on Facebook.  See his LinkedIn profile for more information on his company, JFA Corporate Aviation Safety Consulting.

My Take on the Book

As a person who enjoys science fiction, adventure and intrigue, this book was a great read! The characters were well developed and as a reader you definitely want to know what happens in the end. The book is full of twists and turns which makes the book a page turner an one that you do not want to put down. At the end of the book you can tell that the author has left it wide open for a sequel... and the world waits in anticipation!

If this book sounds like something you would like for your own library you can find it on Amazon!
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