How can one pilot cram so much into a single lifetime? Climb into Captain Terry Reece's cockpit, fasten your seatbelt, and hold on for an exciting journey into the world of aviation.
Born to a family of transplanted North Carolinians who moved to Washington State, a young Reece explored the hills of the Pacific Northwest. Hiking in the mountains and being a fire lookout gave him a taste of adventure, but he craved more - and he got it.
Reece's first flying lesson ended in a cloud of billowing dust, ripped metal, and broken Plexiglas. But that didn't keep him grounded. Over the next few years, he navigated his Lockheed C-130 to steamy nights in Rangoon, risky undercover aircraft deliveries to Libya, icy Arctic expeditions, and desperate flights out of the desert with machine guns pointed at his gut, to landing Boeing jets on short, icy runways on Alaska's Aleutian Chain.
Reece's entertaining biography delves into the fast-paced world of aviation and is filled with compassion, danger, bits of humor, and the follies of youth. It's also the remarkable tale of how Reece and his wife, Nancy, sought to keep his dream of flying alive through the years. From the freezing, isolated North Pole to the heat and heart of Africa, Flying North South East and West takes you to every direction on the compass and leads you to the adventure of a lifetime.
©2007 Terry E Reece (P)2014 Terry E Reece
A great story of a lifetime of flying.
The variety of aircraft and operations Capt Reece flew.
No. I did not enjoy his performance as a reader. He mispronounced many words and chopped up sentences so that their meaning was lost or confused.
By the hard copy or Kindle...skip the audio version.
YES, IT WAS ENJOYABLE THE FIRST TIME AND I AM SURE IT WOULD BE AGAIN IF I HEARD IT A SECOND TIME
EVERYTIME THE AUTHOR LANDED ON THE ICE OR A RIVER BED OR ON A "ICE ISLAND"
THE NARRATOR GIVE THE CHARACTERS A LITTLE MORE LIFE THAN THE WORDS ALONG COULD GIVE
FLYING IN ALASKA
I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN FLYING
I have recommended this book to a friend who is a retired pilot. He also enjoyed both the comedy and the narration
My favorite scenes were when the author was learning to fly and the problems he ran into.
Capt. Reece wrote a very entertaining book about his life as a pilot and Joshua Bennington brought that book to life with his narration.
This audio book rates at the top of the audio book I have listened to
Joshua Bennington brings the characters to life and gives them a personality that would be missing in the printed version
Landing on and finding the ice island
If you like airplanes, adventure and humor you will like this audio book
FLYING NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST RANKS CLOSE TO THE TOP OF AUDIO BOOKS I HAVE HEARD, BUT I HAVE ONLY HEARD A HUNDRED OR SO!!
THEN CAPTAIN REECE TALKS ABOUT HIS EARLY YEARS I FOUND TO BE THE MOST ENTERTAINING
THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY COMMANDED TO ANYONE WITH ANY INTEREST IN ALASKA AND/OR AVIATION
i listen to audio books while i commute to and from work and any time i can hear a good story, the trip seams shorter
captain reece landing in the bush
the narrator was my favorite voice of the audio book
i could have listened to more at one time but my 45 min trip was over, so i had to pick up the story on the way back
it is great book and was read by an interesting narrator
Joshua Bennington did a great job with this narration. I enjoyed hearing him tell the stories Capt.Reece wrote about.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in flying. The stories are entertaining and packed with adventures. It is well written with humor and realism. The narrator Joshua Bennington gives these stories even more life.
I got caught up in the story and could not turn it off. What a great life's story. The narrator Mr.Bennington did a wonderful job of bring the story to life. I would like to hear more of his books.
The most memorable passages of the book was when the author reminisced about his first few flights
My favorite scene was his first landing!
A short story about aviation pioneering in Alaska.
Wonderful, Entertaining and Educational, highly recommend it to anyone interested in flying.
YES, I AM SURE I HAVE MISSED SOMETHING
WHEN THE AUTHOR LANDED A PLANE ON AN ICE FLOAT
I HAVE ALSO LISTENED TO "TESTED BY FIRE" AND THIS RECORDING IS MUCH LESS DRAMATIC, MORE OF A STORY TELLER STYLE
WHEN THE AUTHOR FIRST LEARNED TO FLY
THE BOOK IS A BIT OF ALASKAN HISTORY THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD BY SOMEONE WHO LIVED IT.
Audio versions are better because I can drive while enjoying the book.
The adventures the auther went through all over the world.
No, but he was good in this book. I would buy another book done by him.
No, but I did want to finish each chapter before I turned it off.
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