Intriguing Memoir Exposes a Daredevil’s Bold Mind

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Phil Wallace Payne’s fascinating new book reveals the eccentric life of a daring rocket launcher.

Thrill-seeker Phil Wallace Payne introduces readers to an alluring and captivating book that absolutely knows how to stand out. In his compelling memoir, Writes of Passage, booklovers will meet the very unconventional and daring characteristics of the author. Here is adventure through the lives and loves of an American whose curiosity attracted him to many forms of danger.

Strong-willed, stubborn and boldly uninhibited by fear, Payne shares his memoir about how he, for the many parts of his life, has cheated death. Leaving him with valuable lessons which he intends to share to the public Payne’s wild and extraordinary experiences paved the fruitful way for his emotional and spiritual growth. Allowing him to surrender to humility and instilling in him the noble qualities of looking back into his lucid memory, his profound yet perilous encounters mold his eccentric character.

Courting death through many ferocious and intricate means, such as when he collected dangerous pets and poisonous rattlesnakes and consistently launching himself into many other perilous space-related activities, is an integral part of the author’s curiosity for life and growth. With immense detail to describe the horrid testimonials he carried with him as a child as he watched others perish during a disaster that swept his town, this book can ultimately stir one’s deep emotion.

His exploits lead him to push himself to the limits, which eventually enabled him to leave an interesting mark in the history of space launching. He became a key innovator in safe and successful rocket and space tests, with a significant number of them under his personal supervision.    

Hence, adventure-thirsty readers will truly enjoy the making of a rare mind that playfully dances with danger in this one-of-a-kind page-turner.

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About the Author
As a rocket scientist, Phil Wallace Payne directed 105 space launches, where he gleaned an extensive knowledge of different fuels. He has been a trans-oceanic navigator, sailor, and sea diver for many years. He currently lives on the coast of California.

Writes of Passage * by Phil Wallace Payne
Threads in the Fabric of our Times
Publication Date: September 30, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 289 pages; 978-1-4653-4861-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 289 pages; 978-1-4653-4862-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-4863-0

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