As an early Audible adopter, I have 578 titles in my library. I have never written a review.
Why now? Butch Rutt and I have several things in common. We both earned our Naval Officer commissions through Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS), had the same training to earn our Wings of Gold as Navy pilots and served in similar squadrons in Hawaii.
The author got my attention in Chapter One, describing what it is like to command an operational mission against a Soviet Ballistic Missile Submarine, only to handle a severe inflight emergency and land back in the Aleutian Islands in the most gawd awful weather on the planet. On those days, one is so loaded with adrenaline once back on land that it is hard to stand or walk. The dark night experienced by all Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers from time to time.
From that opening chapter, Butch describes his tough childhood, dysfunctional family life with his father, the decision to drop out of high school, and long ascent to finally graduating from college, and early success as an officer candidate, student naval aviator, Fleet Pilot, and beyond.
His writing is taunt, instructive, honest and inspiring. The reading by John Sipple is good and appropriately paced.
I encourage all fathers and grandfathers to read this book and purchase a copy for their sons and grandsons, age 15 or older.
Half way through the book I was reminded of the best piece of advice I ever received: Never think about why you can’t do something, always think about why you can do something.
That is Butch’s story. Download it today!
Commander, US Navy (ret.)