Immediately, what really drew me into this book was the detail in each scene. The well-ordered background of the protagonist, Harry Miles, really grabs you and makes you feel that you're not reading something written by someone who's spent no time in the very complex arena of true battle.
It doesn't take long before this story has Harry in the middle of a crazy dogfight with five Su-27 Flanker fighter planes in the Iraqi skies. Harry is flying an F-15, which is the inferior craft of the two, but he is the superior pilot, and his skills are pushed to the limit in this life or death battle. The dogfight scene here entertained me better than any other Air Force driven novel I have ever read. You will not be able to stop reading this book.
But then things change. Morphing seamlessly into a new scene, a second war unfolds, which is equally as hash as the one Harry fought in the skies. Heartfelt emotion is now on the table in these closing chapters, as Harry has to deal with demons from his past and fight for his survival in a new and very different future--one that he eventually embraces, and this leaves the reader with a full sense of absolute satisfaction.
This book is not a Top Gun BS story. This is the real deal. And if you're looking for real entertainment from a flyboy's perspective, then Harry's War is a must read.