Detailed American history. Besides providing an outstanding story on his life, the authors provided a great history lesson from a fighter pilot that was there.
The first person stories, dogfights, and personal accounts of Robin Olds.
I can't say that there was one favorite scene. Every chapter seemed to have great moments.
At the end of the story as Robin is dying, that seemed very special and moving to me.
Don't let the title fool you, this is not just a book about a fighter pilot! Robin Olds truly was a larger than life personality. The memoirs detail how he attained his Ace Fighter Pilot status and where that career took him. From leadership positions within the Air Force to Washington DC, Robin was an influential pilot and leader. His life outside of the cockpit was just as interesting having married a movie star.
He talks about his opinions and recounts on the different wars that he was involved in, particularly Vietnam, that show a historical viewpoint from a fighter pilot. I definitely recommend this book.
This was probably the most detailed autobiography I have ever listened to/read. Robin Olds was truly an American Patriot.
Great story and great narration. I listen to audiobooks because I have a long commute to work. I got so drawn into this story that I would also listen to it while going on my power walks. I was disappointed when the story was over. It was just by chance that 1/2 way thru this audiobook I saw an episode of "Aces" on the History Channel that was about this very pilot.
Probably not, one listen was enough to take it all in. The writer is a straight-shooter so not a lot of details are hidden in a complex story.
Robin not wanting to get his final kill, so he heads out on missions but will not shoot down enemy fighters so he will not get shipped home.
The author's comments on what the US could have done to win the Vietnam war. He did not back down from the powers that be in sharing his thoughts.
Solid autobiography that will teach you about historical events from a totally different (and rarely heard) viewpoint.
This guy was one heck of a character, the kind that would be thrown out of today's military within the first week, as it is, a great book, written by a cool guy, about his very cool journey through life as a fighter pilot.
"A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II" is another WWII fighter pilot story that I enjoyed even more than this one.
Robin Olds was a rough, tough, gruff, old breed soldier that was a "get things done" man. I enjoyed his story. I would love for my father to listen to it but there was quite a lot of foul language that almost led me to turn it off and I don't consider myself a prude at all. I will not be recommending it to my father.
Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.
Great story of one man's fascinating military career. Bought this not knowing much about it and have been thoroughly impressed. The reading is also excellent.
A little disappointed considering the topic and all of the great reviews.
Good book for his close friends and family members who can appreciate all of the detailed conversations he had with various people he interacted with over the years, as well as, all of the details about his many jobs in the military.
I was looking for more of a historical - non fiction - novel type of book about his air combat missions, the pilots that served with him, and the role of air combat in WWII & Vietnam. These topics were barely covered as the author details Robin Olds' life from college through 30 years of military service and all the many jobs he held. I might have enjoyed an abridged version.
With that said, Robin Olds was an amazing fighter pilot and our military needs more soldiers like him and David Hackworth. Search Robin Olds on YouTube for reenactment videos of his air combat missions against MIG fighters.
Narration was superb.
A remarkable story of a unique individual. We may never see another like Robin Olds. I did enjoy this story; well written and narrated.