"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!
I didn't read the print version, and as such can't comment.
Basic training description was, for me, the most compelling, although the visual descriptions of carrier deck operations were excellent.
I can't recall having listened to any, but I will going forward. Excellent performance.
I laughed out loud several times, and actually was upset when drama overtook some of the key characters.
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.
A very personal tale for me
- Eddie Mittelstedt