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Hornet's Nest

By: William H. Labarge
Narrated by: Brett Barry
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Hornet's Nest follows an aircraft carrier's tour of duty during 1985, offering shoot-'em-up action and a mindset that equates Middle Eastern with terrorist. Central to this unsavory tale are fighter pilots 'Sweetwater' Sullivan and 'Sundance' Karnes and Sweetwater's squadron, the Fighting Aardvarks, who seem like free-wheeling, hard-partying frat brothers armed with technical training, powerful weapons and minds uncluttered by any understanding of the complex political events that dominate their lives.

Just tell these men to "kick some terrorist ass" and they'll be rarin' to go. And go they do - primarily in the Persian Gulf - as they track down an Iranian mine-laying ship to help protect a tanker owned by a U.S.-based company (and registered in Kuwait to avoid U.S. taxes); destroy an Iranian frigate; raid Iranian oil platforms; and, after Col. Khadafy declares a "Line of Death" across the Gulf, demolish a Libyan chemical plant. When it comes to shore leave, the good old days of double standards are perfectly preserved here: bad girls (who do) are fun, but good girls (who don't) are potential wives.

©1991 William H. Labarge (P)2012 David N. Wilson

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  • 07-11-22

A romantic novel with a bit of flying in it.

After listening to the Raven One series I was excited to listen to this and hoped it contained an exciting naval aviation centred story.

I was bitterly disappointed to find out it’s basically a romance novel with a few aviation bits shoe horned in.

Way too much time spent with the main character in the civilian world doing mundane things like getting a massage or going sports fishing and not enough focus on the military flying side of the story.

I don’t recommend this at all for anyone who’s passionate about military aviation.