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Shadows of War [Kindle Edition]

Robert Gandt
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Book Description

Brick Maxwell lost a good friend and squadron mate when Raz Rasmussen was shot down on the opening night of the first Gulf War. Though Raz's body was never recovered, he was declared KIA and soon forgotten. Years later, when Raz's now-remarried wife receives a call claiming Raz is alive, she asks Maxwell for help. At first Maxwell is ignored by the CIA--until his old enemy, Jamal Al-Fasr, is captured on the Iraq-Iran border and offers to trade himself for an American POW. Maxwell attends the exchange, hoping the POW will turn out to be Raz. But the CIA has its own agenda--and a shocking betrayal places Maxwell in the kill zone...

Editorial Reviews


"Aerial fight scenes that are more thrilling than a back-to-back showing of Top Gun and Iron Eagle." -- Publishers Weekly

"Gandt is a rare treasure, a Navy jet jock with the gift of being able to tell a compelling story. -- Pacific Flyer

"Gandt is as good an author as he is a pilot, and that's high praise." -- Aviation Week

"Reading a Gandt flying tale is the next best thing to being in the cockpit. This guy is good." -- Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder

About the Author

Robert Gandt is a former Navy fighter/attack pilot who logged over 300 day and night carrier landings in the A-4 Skyhawk. At age 20, he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. He has been a weapons test pilot, flight instructor, crop duster, and 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 over 30,000 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 five previous non-fiction books. His screen credits include the television series PENSACOLA: WINGS OF GOLD, as both writer and consultant. WITH HOSTILE INTENT is his first novel, and he is currently working on another Brick Maxwell adventure.

He lives with his aerobatic airplanes in a flying community in Daytona Beach, Florida. You may visit his web site at

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451213467
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00584HGM8
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Brick, he missed out on the second Iraq war January 31, 2005
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"Shadows of War" is the fourth book in Robert Gandt's great military action series featuring Sam "Brick" Maxwell, U.S. Navy pilot and squadron commander, flying an F/A-18 Super Hornet off the USS Ronald Reagan.

Here's a quick summary of the four books.

2001: "With Hostile Intent", dogfights over Iraq, spying in Iraq, bad eggs in the U.S. Navy.

2002: "Acts of Vengeance", dogfights over Yemen, ground battle in Yemen, submarine attack in the Gulf of Aden.

2003: "Black Star", dogfights over China and Taiwan, commando raid in China, naval battles around Taiwan.

2004: "Shadows of War", dogfights and dodging missiles over Iran, POW exchange and ground operations in the Iran/Iraq border area.

All four of these books are very exciting, and if you're a fan of military action stories then I'm sure you'll like them.

"Shadows of War" is set in the aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein. There is no mention of Brick having participated in that war, so I guess he missed it because of his tour of duty in the China area. :-)

(It must be difficult to be the author of military action books. The audience wants stories based in real-life situations, but reality sometimes changes too fast to allow the fictitious hero to keep up.)

I liked the first half of this book a lot, and found myself reading page after page with great interest and anticipation. There are several interwoven story lines, including not just conflicts between the "good guys" and the "bad guys", but also serious internal feuding among both the good guys and the bad guys.

Unfortunately, in the last half of the book the plot becomes too contrived.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supersonic Storytelling November 28, 2004
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In "Shadows of War," Robert Gandt proves he is the top gun of military thriller writers. He is such a skilled storyteller that all elements of his novel writing weave seamlessly together creating characters and scenes that come alive so clearly that readers become locked in Brick Maxwell's world of international crises, combat flying and political betrayal. In this story, Brick's loyalties and integrity are stretched to their maximum, and the deceitfulness of the CIA almost gets him killed on a rescue mission to extract his former squadron mate from behind terrorist lines on the Iraqi-Iran border. Declared missing in action in the first Gulf War and then dead, his friend has been held as a secret prisoner of war for 13 years by the Iraquis, who now offer him up in exchange for a captured terrorist leader as influential as Bin Laden. Why was Brick's flying buddy held back when it was believed all American pilots were released at the end of the Gulf War? How does the POW's remarried wife deal with his return? Brick understands her dilemma because the CIA agent-husband of the woman he loves has also returned from the dead. What will she decide? Gandt draws on the yin-yang of love and war in a plot made even more credible with his panoramic perspective of the war on terror, the Western and Middle East players involved and the U.S. military's delicate role in containing catastrophic conflicts that threaten global stability. Enemies are human, and allies, flawed. It is the nature of warriors and war. It is also part of the terrible tragedy of war, and if readers have never spent a day in combat service, Gandt's characters open your eyes and heart to their unique dedication to service and each other as well as to the few who dishonor them. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gandt at his best March 9, 2005
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As a lifelong student of science and technology, my tastes do not normally run to fiction. And, I am even less likely to sit down and write a book review. Aaargh!

Having discovered Robert Gandt's series of action novels some 5 years ago, however, I actually find myself looking forward to setting aside the likes of Hawkings, Azimov and Bryson and settling down to the pure enjoyment of a great read.

With his impeccable credentials across the entire spectrum of aviation, the author brings a refreshing realism rarely seen in military novels. Through his vast experience as a seasoned carrier pilot, Gandt recounts in vivid detail the ongoing saga of combat navy pilot, Sam "Brick" Maxwell, aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in the war-torn Middle East and the China Sea.

More to the point, perhaps, SHADOWS OF WAR is a well-crafted and compelling story of military and political intrigue, heroics, betrayal and, yes, even just the right touch of behind-the-scenes love and romance on the high seas. Enjoyed it immensely. Had to give it 5 stars. Try reading the first chapter - bet you can't put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the pack. November 21, 2004
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My reaction is brief and to the point. This is the best in Gandt's series of books about Brick Maxwell. It is, indeed, a "must" for each of his fans.

John McCollister
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard charging right to the end June 18, 2005
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This is the first Robert Gandt novel for me, but it certainly will not be the last.

This book just took off. A navy fighter pilot lost over Iraq during the opening hours of Desert Storm is declared KIA, and Saddam does nothing to change anyone's mind. A corrupt CIA station chief knows that Raz Rasmussen is still alive, but he has his own agenda - it doesn't include rescuing an American POW.

Fast forward to the present day WOT, and the rumors that someone is holding an American POW. Brick Maxwell has to watch his six, not just for roving Iranian fighters and shoddy aircraft maintenance, but for the CIA who doesn't want him bring his squadron mate home.

This book has the right amount of action and pacing to make it a winner.

A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grear story
Handy does it again.
Published 1 month ago by Edison T. Colwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Navy!
Bob Gandt scores again. He writes a story that pulls the reader into the next page with dread and anticipation. He always manages to pull the good guys out in the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read !!!!
Published 1 month ago by Stuart Marshak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent series, couldn't put the book down,when finished I ordered all the remaining in the series.
Published 2 months ago by Paul Rossano
5.0 out of 5 stars MIA/KIA?
"Brick" Maxwell, the CO of VFA-36 Roadrunners, and the other squadrons of the Carrier Air Wing (USS Ronald Reagan) led by CAG Boyce, and Gus Gritti, the CO of a MEU from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookend Philly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book by Gandt.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Robert Gandt makes his imagination work in his story telling. Also, his character development is superb. I am anxious to read his next book.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book. I love all of Robert Gandt's books.
Published 4 months ago by Colorado Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Truly this writer is the real deal! Highly recommend reading this books in in order they were written as the characters become so realistic and so life like to the reader! Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Hyde McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good read , a top book
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More About the Author

FLYING AND WRITING: These have been the dual passions of Bob Gandt's life. He published his first story at age sixteen - the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has accrued something over 25,000 hours, written fourteen books and countless articles.

As a U. S. Navy pilot he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. In his deja vu work, BOGEYS AND BANDITS (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.

For 26 years he flew as a pilot with Pan American World Airways, domiciled in Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco. His classic airline account, SKYGODS (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the world's most glamorous airline, Pan Am.

During the late 1980s and early '90s, Gandt flew with the famed Redhawk Aerobatic Team. Flying their Siai-Marchetti fighter-trainers (rescued from a military boneyard in the Congo), the Redhawks performed their formation aerobatic routine for over three million air show spectators.

Gandt's first book, SEASON OF STORMS recounts the dramatic tale of the WWII battle for Hong Kong. His long association with Pan Am and its romantic history inspired CHINA CLIPPER (Naval Institute Press), which relives the mystique of the great commercial flying boats. His fascination with warbirds and the high-adrenalin world of unlimited air racing provided the background for FLY LOW FLY FAST (Viking Penguin), the inside account of the battle for the unlimited air racing championship at Reno, Nevada.

Gandt's first military adventure novel, WITH HOSTILE INTENT (Penguin Putnam) was followed by ACTS OF VENGEANCE, BLACK STAR, SHADOWS OF WAR, THE KILLING SKY, and BLACK STAR RISING.

In 1998 he made his screenwriting debut in 1998 on the CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold, adapted from BOGEYS AND BANDITS. Gandt served as writer and technical consultant for the twenty-two-episodes of the show, starring James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

Gandt's historical work INTREPID, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by fellow naval aviator Senator John McCain, was published by Random House in the autumn of 2008 and was the winner of the Admiral Farragut Book Award. His follow on book, THE TWILIGHT WARRIORS, the saga of the sea and air battle for Okinawa (Random House) won the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.

Gandt and his wife, Anne, make their home at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Daytona Beach, Florida, where Anne heads up the real estate firm, Country Club Properties of Spruce Creek.
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