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Editorial Reviews

"This is a life-affirming book - a fascinating insight into the mind and (often crazy) antics of a master of his craft. Bruce Comstock's achievements are extraordinary. In A Life in the Air, he takes the reader with him on his adventures - breaking worlds records, winning competitions, and achieving many firsts in the world of balloon flying. The pursuit of his dreams is recounted with humor and a refreshing modesty, while not disguising the strategic thinking and attention to detail that single Bruce out from the crowd. (Judy Leden, adventurer, hang-gliding and paragliding multiple world champion, and world record setter; author of Flying with Condors)

Publisher's Summary

A series of chance incidents diverted Bruce Comstock from a career in teaching economics into a life of ballooning adventures. Not content with just enjoying flying with friends, for the following 35 years he won championships, guided the early development of the sport, resurrected Ballooning Magazine, set world records, built a major balloon manufacturing company, created the autopilot that made possible the first solo nonstop balloon flight around the world, and made many remarkable balloon flights.

©2013 Bruce Phillip Comstock (P)2015 Bruce Phillip Comstock

Critic Reviews

"Never before has there been such a book, so honest and so revealing of one man's passion for aerostation. Happy, humble, joyous, contrite, proud, and enthusiastic, it will surely stimulate others just as he was immediately converted by the sight, no more and no less, of one airborne balloon, a road to Damascus event that has never let him go." (Anthony Smith, adventurer, explorer, and best-selling author)

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  • 10-22-15

Be prepared to smile as you balloon by proxy

What an excellent listen for all of us armchair adventurers! Comstock details his fascination, exhilaration, delight, growth and total life involvement in ballooning.
Yes, it is also a history of the avocation of ballooning since the 1970's and the tremendous growth in interest in it. Also detailed is the evolution of competitive racing via balloon.
It is written in a very comprehensible and fun manner, warts and all as it were.
As well as it is written, the narrator does add immeasurably to the enjoyment of the writer's craft, as his voice is clear and easy to listen to, but mostly because his voice reflects the writer's joy in ballooning.
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an impartial review.

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Love it

As a young ballonest this was amazing
And inspiring and I thought it would be boring but it was not