Helicopter pilot Sara Denning joins an all-male navy battle group with little fanfare - and that's just the way she likes it. Her philosophy is simple - blend in, be competent, and above all, never do anything to stand out as a woman. But somewhere along the way, she lost herself - her feminine, easy-going soul now buried under so many defensive layers, she can't reach it anymore.
When she meets the strong, self-assured Lieutenant Eric Marxen, those defenses start to falter. He coordinates flight operations for SEAL Team One and they begin to request Sara exclusively as the pilot for their training exercises. The end mission is so secret, even she doesn't know the reason behind her mandated participation. With her career on the line she is able to compartmentalize her feelings, but when her life is on the line, can she follow the orders of her heart?
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This is my first time with this author & I would read another of her books. I really liked the storyline - a female pilot in the Navy - and all that goes with it.
I enjoyed the person reading the story as well. Liked her voice.
All in all, I would recommend this to others.
This novel completely captured the experience of a talented female professional in a male dominated industry. The fact that it was a suspenseful military thriller was just a bonus. As a Naval Academy grad and highly awarded helicopter pilot, Anne Wilson is able to take the reader on a realistic journey filled with humor, suspense, and romance. Hoping that this story becomes a made for television suspense series!!
I rarely write reviews, but this story and performance were too good for me not to. The heroine is believable and relatable, her challenges and strength not over-the-top. Grounded in reality, with a nudge toward fantasy, this was a very satisfying listen. The narrator does an excellent job with voices, accents and tone. I get jarred out of a story when words are not pronounced correctly, but I did not have that problem at all. Highly enjoyable.
I lost sleep so I could continue listening to this book then I almost cried when it was over. I wanted it to go on and on. This story had everything; intrigue, suspense galore, a world set around the sea and air of a navy battle group and deep romance. I couldn't have asked for a better story nor a better narrator than Angela Dawe to perform it. She nailed each and everyone of the characters and had me laughing hard at Sara's bunk mate Emily, with her antics.
I was totally enthralled from word one and spent almost 10 hours in blissful listening heaven, trying to find errands that would allow me to keep the play button engaged.
The action was almost non-stop and kept up a steady pace until the end when it went up six levels. The romance between helicopter pilot Sara Denning and Lieutenant Eric Marxen was swoon worthy, but all was not rosy. Past regrets and heart wrenching loss made trusting and letting go almost impossible.
Then there was the betrayal and life threatening missions that made me want to sigh (as if I had experienced any of it first-hand) when they were over just so I could release some tension. Like my headline said, This was an absolutely wonderful listening experience.
Exacting but oh so loveable Navy Pilots and Seals struggling with their grave responsibilities, fears and emotions, written from the author's unique Naval experience.
Yes! There are wolves in sheep's clothing.
NA. I liked her narration and pace.
When the main character, a young Navy Pilot, faces her grave personal fear to protect her fellow Servicemen.
This is a fast paced, fun read about an accomplished but fearful young female pilot. You cant help but relate to her feelings of inadequacy. Author Anne Wilson does a fantastic job with the flight and in-the-water aspects of this novel, based on her own Naval background.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
This has been a wonderful adventure to be right there on the flight deck, or experience a Navy day in fun or training. I have over 100 books still to be listened, but I just didn't want this to end. This author shows so much promise with this read. I will buy her next title a.s.a.p. as it is also read by my fave reader Ms Dawe.
So many in this listen. Roommate Emily's first meeting with Eric. Sara's 22 second field striping of a pistole and of course WOG day. If you are a woman, who is strong and confident, you may fist bump right when you hear some situations. This author knows how to bring out all the elements in a good adventure novel that ENTERTAINS. What a gift and a wonderful discovery. Great editing too, so don't change, Ms Wilson.
I purchased this book due to Ms Dawe as the reader. I love her male and childerns voices , but she out does herself in this book. I mean wow!
"Up On Deck"
Note: you can try the new 1.25x speed to get all the action pack sequences that the author intended. You are right there!
P.S. yes, this has romance in the story line, but hey fellas, it isn't over the top, minimal in-fact . Ladies, this story will just make you have a big smile on your face.
Say something about yourself!
Wog night. Interesting that her character chose to participate. If Lt. Wilson did indeed kiss the belly of the royal baby, then I'm willing to set aside the overdone and very unlikely romance part of the story and give it a big E overall.
Sure, if the romance angle can be kept under control.
See above. Also the action sequence near the end of the story was done well.
Several of them: each time the story shifted out of the soppy romance scenes, I felt a surge of relief and renewed interest.
As a former crew member of USS Kansas City (AOR-3), I was hoping for a few more glimpses of shipboard life beyond her own air crew, but of course not so much as to detract from the more intriguing helicopter pilot theme. There was no air det and certainly no female sailors aboard during my tour (last few months of Vietnam), so I wouldn't know if she had the opportunity or desire to interact with ship's company.
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Sara had the potential to be an engrossing character: smart with an unusual profession. However, she just seemed to react to events rather than make her own decisions.
As a teen, Sara survived a traumatic event, creating emotional and psychological problems. Rather than face these issues and get therapy, Sara is stuck in denial, not trusting herself or anyone else.
Then Sara is rescued when Eric, another Navy pilot, takes an interest in her, forcing Sara to face her fears. What a disappointment! Do female authors really believe that "us girls" need to be saved by "a big strong man"?
Hovered had some entertaining parts: action, humor, romance. If Sara had been a more mature and independent character, this book could have been entertaining.
Also, the narrator spoke extremely fast in the first few chapters - very annoying.
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