"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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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.
I would recommend this audiobook. It was interesting from the beginning. The story before the fire was as good as the fire sequence.
The fire sequence
The time that Parks was in the water.
Yes, I wanted to listen to this in one sitting.
I received the book in exchange for a review, but I would have gladly bought the book.
"Fire on the Flight Deck" (2014) by Darren Sapp is a fictionalized account about a major fire that severely damaged a Navy aircraft carrier during the 1980’s, killing dozens of sailors. I had some difficulty keeping the numerous male characters straight in this all male story. Also, the switch from a first person narrative to third, then back to first was bizarre. Still, my interest in the plight of the crew remained relatively high throughout the novel, enough to give it a mild recommendation. Audiobook given free in exchange for honest review.
Fire on the Flight Deck tells the story of the unsung heroes of Naval Aviation - the 19 year old enlisted sailors who work on the most dangerous 4.5 acres in the world - as only someone who lived it could. As much as I like story about Navy pilots, it was cool to see the story of people who keep the jets flying. Sapp takes you on the journey with one such young sailor, from boot camp all the way to a massive conflagration amidst planes full of gas and live bombs. The details are rich and sharp, the characters well-drawn, and everything as the air of authenticity that tells you the author is drawing heavily on his own experiences. It drags in a few places but mostly it's a very engrossing story, and Patrick Freeman does a great job with the narration.
The only real reason I'm only giving the story 3 stars is that it jumps back and forth from 1st person to third person omniscient and it's jarring for the reader/listener. Author needed to pick a POV and stick with it.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I was very familiar with most of the terminology and settings in this book because my husband was a yellow shirt on the USS America during the same time.. it truly is one of the most dangerous places to work in the world. I felt that the author conveyed this to the general public. This is a well written and expertly narrated book that most people will find extremely enjoyable. I received this review copy at no cost to me from the author publisher or narrator
This is written as a recounting of the exiting and sometimes colorful experiences the author had after joining the US Navy as a young man. He clearly conveys what his life was like as he interacted with the different men he rubbed shoulders with as he went about his duties and experiences on board a large fully operational aircraft carrier. The author provides an opportunity to look past the well known scenes of movies such as Top Gun and see what the lives of all those other men on deck that make it all happen are like. It was part documentary, filled with interesting facts about the operations and organization of the various crews and their responsibilities. It was also an entertaining adventure story as the characterizations of each of the men that became his friends interacted with each other.
I would have no clue what life aboard an aircraft carrier would be like. And when the author stressed over and over that the worst thing that could possibly happen was a fire. I thought, those ships are all steel, there's nothing to burn... Oh boy was I naive!
Step into this book and experience why working on the deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most hazardous jobs in the world!
I was given this book free of charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. It was simply a very satisfying story and I can recommend it to anyone as a story you wont regret spending your precious time on.
To begin with, I rated this listen over all as worthy of 4-star and I was also provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
I gave this story a 3-star rating simply because the story-line is like many other military book I have read and/or listened to (i.e. reasons for enlisting, boot camp experiences, relationships, wartime experiences, etc). Some of these stories, especially the boot camp experiences, tend to be so similar they tend to get boring. The only thing that separates this story it is the fact that it takes place primarily on an aircraft carrier and not a direct result of enemy attacks.
That being said, the attention to detail of the day-today operations and the inherent dangers of working on a flight deck can be offered up only by one that has personally experienced them. However, I did get to a point where I struggled as to whether I wanted to continue the listen simply because of the amount of detail to the who, why, and hows of the flight deck ops. I am glad that I stuck with it because once getting to chapters 20 and beyond (when the real action begins to take place) I had a sense of exactly what was happening amidst the horrors of a "Fire on the Flight Deck." The action and tension found in the last half of the book more than makes up for the sections of the first half that one may find a bit drawn out.
Finally, I found the performance of Patrick Freeman to be well above average. The narration does not make or break the listen, but it does compliment the story very well with the changes of tone, inflection, and tension within the voices.
I would say that this book is well worth the cost of a credit or purchase by those that thoroughly enjoy this genre. However, I would caution the casual reader to read reviews on the book so they know what they are considering getting into. Although rightly listed as historical fiction, it comes across closer to a memoir (which the author first considered writing on the topic) than a tale.
I hope this helps others in deciding as to whether this book is for them.
I'm not sure. I enjoyed getting carried away in the actual telling of the tale.
The events on the flight deck in the book's opening.
Rather than a particular scene, I enjoyed the total story. It was woven like a tapestry. There was rich detail behind the making of Donley as a man. Revealing the mundane, grueling, sometimes funny but time-honored road from Boot Camp was like an investment that paid dividends when trial by fire came.
I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author
Fire on the Flight Deck
: Darren Sapp
This is a fictional book based on historical events as well as embellished fictional events. The listener goes shipboard with a carrier crew and learns about naval life from the daily duties to the dangers of working the flight deck. A very intense and suspenseful tale.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Patrick Freeman gave a full and entertaining performance.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
Let me start out by advising that I did receive this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.
I didn't really know what to expect when I began listening to this book since the description is pretty vague., but it didn't take me long to get hook. I listened to the entire book in two days.
I really liked how in the author gives just enough details to get the point across in the areas where a lot of detail is not needed and great detail when it is. When the action starts happening he describes the action in great detail, without detracting at all from the action; a sign of a talented author in my opinion.
There are many different people Donley in encounters throughout this time in the Navy and each have their own personality and background. There are those that you will like and those that you won't.
The Narrator Patrick Freeman, does an outstanding job. As stated earlier there are many characters in this story and Freeman gives each an identity. My personal favorite was the Filipino chef petty officer, that was spot on!
I would highly recommend this book to those that enjoy the military or action genres.
""It isn't just a job, it's an adventure.""
There are numerous stories about recruits joining the military, going through boot camp and then embarking on some great adventure, usually a war. Some are excellent, all slightly different. What makes this one exceptional is that it has been based on the real life experiences of the author who chose, rather than write an autobiography, to give a fictional rendering of his early naval career in the dangerous environment of the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. His dedication alone indicates the danger of the job - to two colleagues who died.
It is unusual, too, in not putting his ship into an attack situation, no enemies or aliens besiege his craft. Not needed: the universal enemy of fire out of control where there is no way to run is terrifying enough. Starting at an easy pace, the book is fascinating by detail given about the main character', Brian, signing up whilst still at school, being put through training and skillfully picturing the others who trained, then later worked, alongside him: friendships formed and odd grievances held. After all, as he says, "We were 19. We were bad." But working on the flight deck they had to grow up fast. The latter part of the book equals, or surpasses, any other fictional military battle i have read.
The whole is beautifully related by Patrick Freeman, who becomes Brian, the teenager turning into man on board the USS William Halsey in 1987. Freeman's steady narration is perfectly paced and matched to the text, his rendering of other voices also distinctive and fitting. His performance enhances this emotionally charged and detailed story.
My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me my copy of Fire on the Flight Deck, via Audiobook Boom. I had expected it to be interesting. I had no idea how much this book would absorb me. "Every day might be our last on earth". We would do well to remember this and those people who do their very best to ensure that others can live, even at the expense of their own lives.
My compliments to the author for this fascinating, exciting and well written book.
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