Fire on the Flight Deck

  • by Darren Sapp
  • Narrated by Patrick Freeman
  • 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Fire on the flight deck!" Ominous words when living on an aircraft carrier hundreds of miles at sea. An American supercarrier flight deck is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous places on Earth; multi-million dollar aircraft launching, landing, and taxiing in the space of a few football fields, all orchestrated by a control tower and flight deck crew whose average age is 19.
During the Cold War of the 1980s, this massive ship provided the largest, mobile weapon in the United States arsenal, instilling fear and respect among opposing forces. While the supercarrier can deliver an awesome display of firepower, it carries an inherent danger for those who fly and work among the aircraft.
Brian Donley survived boot camp and completed aircraft firefighter school to serve as a yellow shirt on the flight deck of the USS William Halsey. Would his training, will, and courage equip him for the most challenging day of his life?
Darren Sapp's breakout novel delivers the sights, sounds, and action of a supercarrier. He served in the inaugural flight deck crew of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as a crash crew member and yellow shirt aircraft director.

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Caught by surprise!

Would you consider the audio edition of Fire on the Flight Deck to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, and as such can't comment.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Fire on the Flight Deck?

Basic training description was, for me, the most compelling, although the visual descriptions of carrier deck operations were excellent.


Have you listened to any of Patrick Freeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I can't recall having listened to any, but I will going forward. Excellent performance.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud several times, and actually was upset when drama overtook some of the key characters.


Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook by the author in exchange for this independent review.

I was more than pleasantly surprised by this offering. Well researched detail, insider information, solid writing and excellent performance. The strongest piece of this story is , however, the characters. Each of them grow over time, and the listener is definitely "engaged" in their lives.

The story is well blocked out, and forms a concise package. I am very impressed by the combination of this author and performer, and hope to hear more from them over time.

Highly recommended to all.

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- Matthew

Very accurate novel of life in the Navy

Would you listen to Fire on the Flight Deck again? Why?

Yes; the book is autobiographical and as veteran of the USN it brought back old memories. It was very accurate describing Basic training and life on the ship


What other book might you compare Fire on the Flight Deck to and why?

I would say it is akin to Flight of the Intruder as far as aviation on a carrier. I was a corpsman not in aviation but what I remember the drills and anxiety of flights etc


Have you listened to any of Patrick Freeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes i have. He is very good. The narrator is critical when I listen if the voices sound too much alike i get the characters mixed up. Mr Freeman does well separating voices


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A true life fire on a carrier


Any additional comments?

If your a vet or interested in Navy life this as an accurate portrayal. The stress and the dangers are real. Everyone is interdependent on each other and its captured very well

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- SunsetSam "Rolling Along"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-2015
  • Publisher: Darren Sapp