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

A very personal tale for me

I have a daughter serving on the USS Carl Vinson at the time of this review, so when I saw this book up for grabs I jumped at the chance. I was never able to get inside what my daughter experienced in boot camp all the way up until the assignment on her carrier, so thought this would be a nice inside look into what goes on.

Right off the bat, Mr. Sapp tells the listener that this is a work of fiction, that even the carrier in this book does not exist, but that many of the technical things are based off real life. In spite of that warning, I kept forgetting this was fiction. My mind kept slipping into an misunderstanding that this was a historical non-fiction book told from the viewpoint of Donnelly (sp?) when in fact it was not.

It was a fascinating tale nonetheless, to me more so because of my personal bias of having a daughter following the almost exact steps of Donnelly, save for being part of the flight deck crew. My knowledge of the Navy has been increased, and the inner workings of a carrier not so mysterious to me.

Since the title of the book spoils the fact that there is a fire, you are waiting for it to happen. And when it did, wow. Great description and narrative.

The narrator, Patrick Freeman, did an admirable job with the myriad characters in the book, giving each a unique voice or accent, without sounding too cartoony. Kudos!

This audio book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for a unbiased review.
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- Eddie Mittelstedt

Book Details

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