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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Duffin Creative; First Edition edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061569943X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615699431
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting. A must-read. Captures the dream and reality of being a police aviator."
- Lt. Kenneth Solosky, New York Police Department Air Unit

About the Author

DARRYL J. KIMBALL, a sergeant and helicopter pilot with the San Diego Sheriff's Department, came to California from his hometown of Oktaha, Oklahoma. After 15 years on the patrol beat, he joined the department's air unit, ASTREA (Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies), in 2005. Darryl runs the popular blog policehelicopterpilot.com.

ALLAN T. DUFFIN is a writer/producer based in Austin, Texas. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he is the author of History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives, and State Troopers and co-author of The "12 O'Clock High" Logbook: The Unofficial History of the Novel, Motion Picture, and TV Series. His website is aduffin.com.

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This is a really good book, well written and told in a very readable style.
Rara
This Book is a must for anyone interested in or employed in Law Enforcement or Law Enforcement Aviation.
Travis Beeson
The author speaks humbly about his interesting experiances in the San Diego Sherrif's dept.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ on October 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kimball tells it like it is, though there is little doubt its a bit edited. It is great to read about a Deputy who apprecites his good fortune having attained a double dream - flying and being a cop. This is not an "I love me" book. Rather, Kimball encourages others to pursue the dream as well. Maybe after he retires he'll publish the rest of the story?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarasota on December 27, 2013
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I really enjoy books that describe someone's interesting profession, warts and all. This book kept me deeply absorbed. When it ended, I wanted more. I highly recommend this well-written book to everyone with even a casual interest in law enforcement and/or aviation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Denny on August 18, 2013
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I started with a Sheriff's office air support unit last Fall (2011). So much of this book and Daryl's activities just resonated with me. I could see some of his experiences waiting for me, some I already had in the air and on the ground. Great book. Thanks for sharing and no doubt encouraging future air support officers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis Beeson on January 3, 2013
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This Book is a must for anyone interested in or employed in Law Enforcement or Law Enforcement Aviation. An excellent read, full of great stories and information! I couldn't put it down and have recommend it to a number of co-workers and friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Vandiver on December 18, 2012
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The interesting thing about this book is that I knew some of the characters. Having spent 32 years in law enforcement, I could relate to alot of Darryl's commentary. I have been in the pursuits and the foot chases with ASTREA overhead assisting. In one case I was watching a house while units gathered to arrest a murder suspect. ASTREA came overhead. The suspect came out to look at the helicopter. I walked up, unheard, and placed him under arrest. I loved that Darryl shared the good and the bad in his quest to become a fully certified ASTREA pilot. You too will get the feel that you are there in the seat as he learns, chases the bad guys and makes rescues. I highly recommend the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rara on January 30, 2014
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This is a really good book, well written and told in a very readable style. Kimball tells his personal story from his early days as a street deputy to commanding a Sherriff's Department helicopter. A great read for both law enforcement officers and pilots alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jimdvan on December 12, 2012
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What a fun read. Darryl's descriptions put me right back in the observer's seat the few times I flew with ASTREA. He was always a good writer. Great job, I really enjoyed the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By USNA 70 on December 8, 2013
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This is fun to read, as a former Navy helo pilot who was stationed in San Diego for 6 years.
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