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Raven One

Flip Wilson Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
Series: Raven One, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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For a moment Wilson froze and looked at the white-helmeted pilot who sat high on the nose of the colossal fighter. Across the small void, he saw the pilot's eyes peer over his mask. Dark, chilling eyes. Wilson kicked right rudder to slide closer and jam any chance for a bandit gunshot. When the bandit pulled all the way over, almost on its back but in control, he cursed in frustration at what he knew was coming next. The hostile fighter reversed over the top in a negative-g maneuver, his nose tracking down on Wilson like a falling sledgehammer in slow motion. Horrified, Wilson realized he faced an imminent snapshot. With the little air speed he had, he inverted his Hornet to avoid the attack. His aircraft still rolling, Wilson saw that the monster had another weapon at its disposal.

©2015 Kevin P. Miller (P)2017 Tantor

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"A page turner... Raven One makes a major contribution to aircraft carrier history during difficult deployments. The author has skillfully woven the intense combat maneuvers with a fascinating human interest story." (Naval Historical Foundation)

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it was great to hear how a pilot thinks.

I loved all of the flying parts of the book. it was a real joy. I struggled a bit with the female pilots characters. the men thought about flying in their spare time and the women thought about boys and how they look. it was good of the author to include women in the story but I doubt female warriors are so different from men and even if they are those things don't need to be in a warriors story.

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Great story

If you enjoy realistic naval aviation & combat then this book is for you.
A great story, interesting well developed characters and well written descriptions of aireal combat. Very much in the genre of Viper Pilot, though fictional.

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  • Max
  • 2018-12-31

Fantastic Read for Military/Aviation Enthusiasts!

I listened to this book in its entirety and it genuinely made my commutes to work the highlight of the day. It is very well performed and written, crafted very well for the military thriller market. That is to say, do not expect to be reading the greatest thing ever written ever, just extremely good by military fiction standards.

The scenarios are grounded in reality, and while at the edge of plausible sometime, are not outside the realm of possibility. There are many low-rent military thrillers out there that you could waste your time with. Captain Miller's books here, especially this one, out-classes all of them.

The story takes places around the Persian Gulf, showing all sides from command, to the pilots, to the opponents. There is enough characterization and emotional investment that the events of the story have an impact, but it does not shy away from the hard military enthusiast details.

That said, it is very much technical in that aspect, as the happenings with F/A-18s and other aircraft are declared with stunning accuracy and detail. But it would read as a long string of acronyms or techno-aviation jargon for those uninitiated. To really dig into this book, you should be probably have some knowledge of military aviation.

To hear a voice actor paraphrase and use onomatopoeia imitating the bleeps and jingles inside a cockpit is something to behold, and done very well.

In closing, this is a great listen and a great book - For those into military aviation fiction. Fully recommended, if that is your area of interest.

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  • Dan Martin
  • 2019-10-22

Great book for aviation fans

At first I was a little daunted by all of the military lingo, but I caught on pretty fast, and it was an all around great read.

A great aviation thriller that is grounded enough to be believable in this reality.

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  • VaDavid
  • 2019-09-24

Great Insights Into Naval Aviation

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, there were times I had to rewind and relisten to certain parts because I got lost in the midst of overwhelming naval jargon. As an former army guy, who spent time working with the navy, it brought back some memories - both good and bad. The story is engaging as he weaves just the right amount of action to keep my interest and now I find I want to know more about Lt Cdr Wilson - so I guess I'm buying the next book in the series.

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  • Paul
  • 2019-06-01

Excellent listen for the Navy fighter enthusiast

I enjoyed this book very much. it had a good balance of combat and Navy fighter pilot life aboard an aircraft carrier.

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  • K WOLF
  • 2018-09-08

great story and great first hand knowledge

Kevin's knowledge of naval aviation is shared in a way that both combat veterans can relate to and the common non military person can enjoy. nice work!

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  • Charles Floto
  • 2018-08-28

Great story by an aviator

I'm not sure if Miller is a former Naval aviator but he sure writes like one. Great story! Loved every minute!

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  • John
  • 2018-05-19

Outstanding in every respect

This book captures Naval Aviation as is truly is. Extraordinary detail from someone who has been there! A must read. Well done!
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-20

Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed the story line. I'm a non-navy guy, so had to get used to the lingo. But once I did, I felt like I was one of the guys in the Ready Room or Cockpit. Characters were well developed. Bad guys made you dislike them. Good guys made you love 'em. Built good tension and suspense.

Highly recommend!

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  • Mick Turner
  • 2017-07-11

Great story!

While inclusive of the camaraderie, exhilaration, and triumph of Naval flight ops, the author includes for realities sake the less appreciated aspects of deployment such as separation from home and loved ones, misapplied and undeserved authority, life errors, fears to be faced and death of friends and allies. In this mixture, reflective of scenes oft repeated in both geography and time, the reader watches and listens to events relating to a warrior whose subservience to God, disciplined practices, his duty and his compatriots, in a representation of what we as US citizens pray is the composition and demeanor of our men at arms. The author is either intimately familiar with the subject matter in its entirety, or has one amazing imagination. In either case, I'll be anticipating more from this talented and follow-worthy teller of tales.

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  • Andrew Scott McClanahan
  • 2019-12-08

Fly with Naval Aviators

First off, the narration is great, a rarity in audio books. There are so many books I want to listen to, but the reviews are consistent that the narrator butchers the story. This story is fun and exciting, but the reader has to be interested in carrier operations. The negative reviews about the lingo are misguided. That's like going to Brazil and complaining they speak a different language. The language is part of the culture. Will I read every book in the series? This book has no lead in to the others. Autobiographies are much more interesting. Try "The Wrong Stuff" and find out why.