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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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

I laughed, cried, & developed a lot of respect!

This is written as a recounting of the exiting and sometimes colorful experiences the author had after joining the US Navy as a young man. He clearly conveys what his life was like as he interacted with the different men he rubbed shoulders with as he went about his duties and experiences on board a large fully operational aircraft carrier. The author provides an opportunity to look past the well known scenes of movies such as Top Gun and see what the lives of all those other men on deck that make it all happen are like. It was part documentary, filled with interesting facts about the operations and organization of the various crews and their responsibilities. It was also an entertaining adventure story as the characterizations of each of the men that became his friends interacted with each other.

I would have no clue what life aboard an aircraft carrier would be like. And when the author stressed over and over that the worst thing that could possibly happen was a fire. I thought, those ships are all steel, there's nothing to burn... Oh boy was I naive!

Step into this book and experience why working on the deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most hazardous jobs in the world!


I was given this book free of charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. It was simply a very satisfying story and I can recommend it to anyone as a story you wont regret spending your precious time on.
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- BuildItLikeBeal

Book Details

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