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Black Star Rising Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2007

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Brick Maxwell, a naval aviator for all seasons, is back again in Robert Gandt's sixth novel, BLACK STAR RISING, which is, as usual, timely, authentic, and reeks of "Blue and Gold." -- Daytona Beach News Journal, 21 January, 2007

Gandt, a former Navy fighter pilot and author of some of the best in fiction and non-fiction aviation writing, has just about perfected the art of involving the reader in his dramatic and adventurous tales of Navy fighter pilots. -- Pacific Flyer, February 2007

About the Author

Robert Gandt is a former Navy fighter/attack pilot who logged more than three hundred day and night carrier landings in the A-4 Skyhawk. At age twenty, he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. He has been a weapons test pilot, a flight instructor,and an airshow pilot. As a captain for Pan Am and then Delta Air Lines, he was based in Hong Kong, Berlin, San Francisco, and New York, accumulating more than thirty thousand flying hours. In 1995 he returned to his old squadron to fly the F/A-18 Hornet and write about a class of men and women training to fly the Navy's hottest fighter.

Gandt has written a number of novels and nonfiction books. His screen credits include the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold, as writer and consultant.

He lives with his wife, Anne, and two aerobatic airplanes in Spruce Creek, a flying community in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220141
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott A. Thompson on January 17, 2007
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Black Star Rising the sixth book in a series of Naval aviation thrillers stars Brick Maxwell. Black Star Rising as others in the series is a "stand alone" quick read that any aviation enthusiast or lover of fast paced thrillers is sure to enjoy. The naval combat aviation is taut and exciting. Combine this with covert ground operations, salty in your face leadership and a love interest and you have the makings of a non-stop winning read. I believe that that Bob Gandt continues to improve his craft of writing with each effort and Black Star Rising is his best to date. Make sure you have a few hours when you sit down because putting the book down will be a challenge.
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Bob Gandt's Brick Maxwell series is probably the most authentic naval aviation fiction being produced today. You even vicariously pull several "G's" as Brick's plane gets flung off the carrier's catapult or tries to roll inside his opponent -- it's that authentic. Gandt has a unique way of explaining the obscure naval term or aviator's jargon that keeps you feeling "with it" while not interfering in the slightest with the continuity of the plot.

Gandt's knowledge of contemporaneous world events and his continuous exposure to naval carrier operations help greatly in lending contemporaneous authenticity to each of his novels. Try his works -- you'll love them!
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Sit down and shut up as Gandt stuffs us into the seat of the military's finest aerial hardware. This time it is the secret stealth jet - Black Star. The flying sequences are top notch. Even if you are not a shithot Navy pilot, Gandt knows how to draw the reader into the cockpit in a very visceral way. I even find myself grunting on the cat launches! It is precisely why I love his writing. The author has obviously "been there and done that". The plot line has the typical good guy, bad guy sequence and obligatory love interest. Brick Maxwell is the James Bond/Robert Gandt of the U.S. Navy. Good stuff!
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You can't hit what you can't see and you can't shoot what's invisible. But, with a little help from a beautiful, though rambunctious female scientist (Dana) that can make the invisible, visible, Brick has a chance ... at both. So the question is, did Brick get either one or both. My advise is to hang on to your ejection seat while finding out!
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I never know quite what to expect from the devious mind of this consummate writer of military suspense. What I do know, however, is that each of Gandt's action-packed novels has proven to be even better than the one before. Who would have dared to dream, for example, that in Black Star Rising our very own military forces would join the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in defending its crucial oil resources from the marauding Republic of China. Once again, alter ego Commander Brick Maxwell transports us from the carrier deck to the killing skies as he engages his arch nemesis over land and sea. And, yes, just the right amount of earthly love and lust!
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By the time you reach this part of the series, you already know the plot. Detestable fellow countryman blows up a situation, a blue on blue encounter takes out the bad apple, our hero goes on to save the day. The end.

If you enjoy a good aviation story however, and a well thought out context for it to take place in, the book is still a very enjoyable read. Plot repetition notwithstanding, the book has a good flowing narrative complemented by well executed and technically accurate combat scenes.

Looking forward to the next installment in the series. Might even be surprised by a new plot line!
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There is hero pilot who faces a watery grave only to be saved at the last minute by can do Navy Seals;
There is the relentlessly evil Chinese general who defies enough orders the be classified as a loose cannon in any language;
And yes, then there is the girl. Predictable...
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The novel had too many "Go_dam's in it to suite me. That too much biased political undertaking. Over all, however, besides being predictable, the story line kept me intrigued and held my attention I would recommend the reading of the book. You will enjoy the innovations from another novel about 'invisible' aircraft by the China Air Force and how the US countered the threat. Good reading. Will hold your attention and challenge your imagination on how the story will end. Good Reading
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