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Test Pilot's Daughter: Revenge [Kindle Edition]

Steve Ward
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Test Pilot’s Daughter: Revenge is the first title in a series featuring a gutsy female genius who fights injustice in a fast paced thriller. Molesters and pedophiles be warned, don’t mess with Christina Matthews!

Review from the Editor’s Desk of Harper Collins: Test Pilot’s Daughter is exciting, original and a real page-turner. It is extremely well plotted. The author’s familiarity with flying lends his action real veracity and texture.

Ranked number 1 out of 8,000 books on Harper Collins’ Authonomy website November, 2009.

Romance, adventure, murder and revenge, Christina Matthews does it all. An obsessed fly-girl with the Right Stuff and True Grit finds love in the oddest place, the cockpit. A beautiful and brainy college girl born with jet-fuel in her blood is haunted by a gripping family tragedy and the violent murder of her best friend. The only thing she truly fears is sleep. Tortured by nightmares, this test pilot’s daughter has to find a way to save her sanity or die. Mike Clark, call-name Lazer and a real Top Gun, looks to be the best kind of therapy.

With dreams of becoming an Astronaut-Commander, Christina struggles through heart-stopping perils in the cockpit and crash-lands on a deserted island. Without hope for rescue, she concocts an oddball plan to return survivors to civilization.

Risking her future at NASA, Christina delivers on a promise to a dying friend and faces her evil nemesis in the sky. Only by overcoming deep-seated fears can she exorcise her ghosts and pursue a lifelong dream of flying in space.

Will true love conquer Christina’s curse, or will she auger in?

Note from the Author: If you enjoy this novel, make sure to check out the sequel, Test Pilot’s Daughter: Dead Reckoning and follow Christina Matthews into space.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After a career in laser science and spacecraft research, Steve Ward spent the last decade writing, editing and flying. He teaches Creative Writing at Brenau University and edits novels freelance. With one book published, Holy Enigma, University Press, he won writing awards from Writer’s Digest and NASA Innovations. Amid many articles published in technical journals, both of his fiction books are adventures in aviation. He lives on Lake Lanier at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.


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  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035WTNSK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christina, the junior Wonder Woman July 29, 2011
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Note: This review was originally published on Red Adept Reviews on March 8, 2011.

Overall: 3 stars

Plot/Storyline: 3 stars

Christina was like a junior Wonder Woman - she skydived, scuba dived, and flew airplanes like an experienced pilot after only a few hours of instruction. If the girls were a little younger, and if the more violent scenes were rewritten or deleted, the story would be appropriate - perhaps even inspirational - for younger teenagers, but the story just wasn't believable enough for me.

The first third of the book, which followed the three girls from age eleven through high school, wasn't that interesting and served little purpose. There were dead ends such as the chapter where Jessica's abusive stepfather Roy beat her mom senseless, broke down Jessica's bedroom door, and tried to rape her. Jessica had telephoned Christina to help her, so Christina rushed over and stopped Roy by threatening him with her shotgun. But there was no follow-up, no calling the police, no mention of the stepfather after that. And there was very little mention of any of the girls' parents, it's almost as if they raised themselves.

About halfway through the story, the action picked up and the story got more interesting when the three girls entered college. Christina started flying lessons, Heather became romantically involved with an older man, and Jessica studied old Spanish archives to locate sunken treasure. The three girls were now living their dreams. During a summer break, they embarked on a trip to the Bahamas on a treasure-hunting expedition that ended in tragedy. And this is where it really got too unbelievable for me. Christina showed flying skills that only a veteran pilot would have, even though she had not even earned her pilot's license.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too much left out January 25, 2012
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This story had a good plot but for most of the book it was undeveloped. We never find out what happened to Jessica's step father or the female pilot that was in on the plot to kill the girls.

Most of the story was also unbelievable. To think that an overweight plane could gain enough speed on a sandy beach is just too far fetched.

Perhaps the author should go back and rewrite some of the story.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good aviation novel March 29, 2010
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I have to admit for $0.99 it sounded like a good book, so I gave it a try. I enjoyed the story and the character development, to me the characters were very believable and like-able. The plot moved quickly and grabbed me and forced me to read into the wee hours. The plot isn't complex, there's no secondary plot to try and confuse you, it's just a good story. This book just keeps you interested, especially if you are a pilot or interested in aviation. This is a good, fun to read novel. I'm looking forward to Steve's follow-up novel to be released soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Test Pilots Daughter: Revenge May 26, 2011
By BK
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Steve Ward writes a throughly entertaining novel. It's obvious that his aviation background knowledge is strong, for as a pilot with a lifetime on big jets and small piston aircraft I can attest to that. He captures his reader at the start then cleverly unwinds his plot back to enthrall and hold his reader spellbound. Attention to detail and a sense of humor throughout the plot makes it a worthwhile read. At times, even meals and sleep were put in the holding pattern so I could continue reading. I have already purchased Steve Ward's second novel and look forward to another great read.
David BK
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely readable February 19, 2010
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I am an aviation nut, and read everything aviation-related I can get my hands on. I also like a good thriller. While this novel has elements of both, the writing is in a style of a high school junior. I've read that the author edits books and teaches creative writing for living - I thought I was reading a book by somebody else; I had to double check.

I won't quote examples from the book - download the sample, read the first five or six paragraphs, and see for yourself. Perhaps I got up on the wrong side of bed this morning, or maybe you don't mind infantile style as much as I do. So, if aviation themed thrillers are you cup of tea, by all means buy this book (after all, it is just $0.99 for American Kindlers), but don't expect polished, fluid prose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed - excellent characters - superb plot April 22, 2014
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Beautifully written sweeping tale wrapped around an outstanding knowledge of flight and flying. A tightly written page turner with plenty of unexpected yet logical twists. Well worth the time. Expect to see a great deal more from this author and his characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting March 5, 2014
By tussin
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Reminded me of...
Some past and really felt like I was there watching some how. Amazingly fantastic.
I got in trouble at work for reading lol couldn't put this one down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story November 12, 2012
By Boiler
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A little far-fetched but still plausible, quick engaging read, interesting characters. I'm not a plane person, but seemed to have accurate technical information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Test pilot'saughter
I found this book to wordy and the end was unnescary long and drawn out. After they escaped the hurricane I did not see why it was neccscary to take the story further.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Gault
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
This book is well written and is very hard to put down. The Steve Ward did a great job with this book. When you think you know what is happening, everything changes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Klender
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
These three young women had such a strong bond that not even death could break it. I highly recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by Meredith Maitland
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I thought this book was going to be boring. Because it started off slow and a little uninteresting. But, once it got to the body of the story it became a page turner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cj7899
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book can't put down
Read it if you can. Many stores in the one. I found out as I read it , a part two would be nice.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Test pilot's daughter revenge
I enjoy the b I'll very much, didn't want to stop reading. I recommend this book to everybody. Thank you
Published 2 months ago by rlf
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart was racing during several of the flights
Some of the scenes were totally engrossing. My heart was racing during several of the flights where everything seemed to be going against the heroine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reviewer in Canberra
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the plot
This book is very good and keeps You reading,Smart Girls and Young man The story sounds real Like to read other books from STEVE WARD.
Published 2 months ago by wilhelmina
5.0 out of 5 stars test pilots
very good book
I really enjoyed this good luck to all in the reading of this book u wont want to put it down
Published 2 months ago by annie3119
4.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance is mine!
Definitely a page turner. Good character development and establishment of conflict. Some plot issues are beyond reasonable and knowledgeable readers will find several spelling... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. T. Hood
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After a career in laser science and spacecraft research, Steve Ward spent the last decade writing, editing and flying. He teaches Creative Writing at Brenau University and edits novels freelance. With one nonfiction book published, Holy Enigma!, Hamilton Books, University Press of America, Inc., he won writing awards from Writer's Digest and NASA Innovations. Amid many articles published in technical journals, both of his fiction books are adventures in aviation. He lives on Lake Lanier at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

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