Rocket Man

by Earl Perkins


“We set sail on this new sea . . .”
On April 9, 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduced America’s first astronauts to the press–Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton. The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a final group of thirty-two candidates.


Rocket Man is definitely an exciting book of fiction that encompasses actual events in the United States race for the moon! It is interlaced with intrigue, romance, suspense, nationalism and the fixed intention of a devoted son to right a wrong and honor his father. I highly recommend Rocket Man to anyone interested in the U.S. Space Program…especially if you enjoy imaginative situations that appear to be real. “Eastern Light”, as you will learn more about when you read the book, is absolutely thought provoking. In today’s world where the threat of nuclear war exists almost on a daily basis, Rocket Man makes evident the very real possibilities, completely unknown to the common man, of what “might have been” or worse yet, “what could be”. Read it…you will enjoy the passionate & real love affair between Pete and Jesse, the two astronauts chosen for the next trip to the moon. It will also cause you to give more comprehensive thought to the potential dangers of the Space Age.

– Janieb


Excellently written and a very good read.

– Donald Burns


If you like historical events, space programs, and an exciting plot you will enjoy this book. The author shows an indepth knowledge of space programs and has a way of conveying this with twists of humor mixed with the serious responsibilities of the “space race”.

– Amazon customer


Earl Perkins always wanted to be a sports writer, but the allure of writing a novel with a great story to tell has always been a dream for him.


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