I have listened to this book twice and will probably will listen to it again.
I almost didn't pick this one because there were some mixed reviews. I'm sure glad I did as this was one of the better first-person accounts I've read. The author writes with such incredible detail that you feel as though you are in the cockpit next to him.
IMO this book serves a a lesson to today's generals as well. First- we succeeded in the gulf wars because we had trained to fight a super power (Russia). Also, in an era where many rear echelon generals are in charge of the military, and claiming that robot plains will replace fighter pilots and ground troops - we must never forget that wars will always be won through a combination of combat pilots AND infantry working towards a common objective.
The book was informative and entertaining and I'm certainly glad I selected it.
It's well written and gives an interesting perspective on the experiences Dan Hampton had as a Wild Weasel F-16 pilot. Weasels are normally linked to frightened circumstances, but Wild Weasel Viper pilots are truly the opposite.
His voice is perfect for this book and makes it sound like he's actually the pilot.
Really enjoyed this book. Now that i'm finished with it i'm trying to find something to replace it. Hard to find a modern air combat book that comes across like you're sitting at a bar hearing the story. Really great book.
An absolutely wonderful performance of a great book. Any aviation enthusiast or fighter pilot-wannabe will find themselves more than satisfied with this one.
The only knock against it is the "non action" portions can be jarringly tedious if you're not already a bit of a military/flight nerd.
It is great for those that enjoy military experiences.
I really enjoyed that the author shared his story as how he saw it was and used the language and acronyms he used. Instead of dumming it down for the readers he explains it.
I enjoyed listening to his book because I will never be a fighter pilot, yet through this book I can gain a small understanding of what it takes to be one.
Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
Very good book, highly technical and accurate bringing to light the life and exploits of an Air Force fighter pilot.
Dont know as I have only had the audio version
The reality of the scenes describing how combat pilots fly an F16
Expression is always good. I think he does a good job.
I really enjoyed the book. I have listened to it twice already.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
I think just overall - getting the perspective of a different kind of warrior. If you think being a pilot is easy, think again! I think the author did a good job of describing the challenges of learning the craft as well as actually performing in combat.
yes, a good narrator
No, I think the story was told in a complete way. This man is a hero - he did what his country asked of him in a very admirable way.
Worth a listen if you like military or combat stories.
Very interesting book for those who are interested in military aviation. It does get a bit technical at times but will not loose you in the typical acronyms that are found in most military stories.
It is a fighter pilot's story and told from his perspective. His candor is surprising and makes the book more personal.
I do recommend for the aviation enthusiast.