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Publisher's Summary

From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.

Get a glimpse of life in the pilot's seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara - who has 24 years of experience in flying missions around the world - provides keen and eye-opening insights on success and failure and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn.

He provides 12 essential lessons based on his wartime experience from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by number one New York Times best-selling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.

©2017 Mark Hasara. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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very enjoyable read

love the book and enjoyed hearing about the gas that keeps it all together. This book opens a whole new world.

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NKAWTG! Nobody!

As a retired old crew chief of the KC-135, and serving at the exact same time as LTC Hasara. This series of recounts and lessons learned, hit home, and they are so very true. While listening, I can hear in my head the rumble of the steam jets, remember loading them with water, barely getting off the runway at Lajes, and the days sitting on alert. Also the smells of jet fuel, oils and greases and the conversations with aircraft commanders as we walked around on final preflights, and laughing when AC's reach down to check fluids under the main gear, all bounced through my head as Hasara described his flying. There were the hours and hours of flying sitting in the jump seat, laying in the boom pod, and deploying as a team. The best part of this is how good people solved complicated problems to better accomplish the mission. Thank you colonel for painting the picture.

The only issue I had with the book was that the narration was a little mechanical, and I would have wished that Mr. Campbell would have practiced it a little more and also learned how Air Force and military personnel actually pronounced some of the locations and terms in the book. This, along with a little choppiness over the download or edit was slightly annoying.

This book has a fantastic story that not only sheds light on the modern military but on how the good people in it work. I have recommended it to all my friends. I'd love to talk with LTC Hasara and share memories and see where we crossed paths, which I'm sure happened from ETTF and Elf One to later when he was dealing with the TACC. An absolutely great book, and thank you for writing it, sir.

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Leadership from the Real Frontline

Mark’s ability to take you on his lifelong journey as a real life tanker pilot on the frontlines of all of our modern day conflicts and to be able inject business and life lessons at the end of each story makes for both a riveting and entertaining experience.
The application of his wartime experiences with applicable life and business lessons is what any and all corporate leaders should strive for on their “frontlines”.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be both entertained as well as looking for pure and simple business acumen and lessons to be learned.

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Awesome book

What made the experience of listening to Tanker Pilot the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book, thanks for what you did for Rush.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tanker Pilot?

Going into enemy territory.

Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

Mark

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was there in Desert storm, so I did tear up several times, I remember seeing and hearing the jets overhead. And sleeping to the rumbing ground from the bombs dropping.

Any additional comments?

Just a great book!

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Not What I Expected

An interesting book detailing the Tanker pilot's life in the air, but missing the anecdotes of actual life while concentrating on strict detail.

Sorry, but while you understand and think in "Pounds" of fuel, every time you talked of offloading "x" number of pounds, I was stuck trying to mentally calculate what that meant in gallons - the standard Americans who are not pilots might find useful.

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Good book, some military interest required

Good book. It kept me engaged throughout. I have military background as an Air Force "military brat". Your enjoyment of this book may vary depending on how "in to" the Air Force military jargon you are, personally. For me it was a lot of fun. The narrator has a distinctive voice and sound, you may like it, you may not. I did, and I thought his style fit well with the books contents. In summary, I found it an enjoyable listen, and I bought a Hardback edition to give to my father. It might also be a good gift to someone in, or interested in, a military career, especially Air Force.

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A lot more than tanking

Brilliantly written and read. Chronically gulf war conflicts etc. A must for any military aviation fan