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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have read MANY combat pilot autobiographies from all periods of aviation. I couldn't finish this one because the author comes across as so arrogant in his attitude towards others that it just overwhelms his story that otherwise would be very interesting to me. Disappointing because I thought it would be great.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I was not impressed with the book or the author. The author won some impressive awards and I have no doubt he is an excellent pilot. I thank him and all the others who served during the war in Iraq. However, he is very arrogant and has a massive ego! He goes to great length to belittle non rated officers and pilots who do not fly fighters - however, he was happy to see the tanker pilots when he was low on fuel. I wonder what he thinks of female pilots, especially those who are fighter pilots? He goes in excruciating boring detail discussing his missions over Iraq. His missions as a Wild Weasel pilot were certainly important to the war effort as were all the other professions there. It took a whole team of personnel from mechanics, cooks, logicians, planners, etc, just to get him airborne. He seemed to have no appreciation for their efforts. Unfortunately, His rendition about how great it was to drink in the Officer's Club as a Captain (albeit by one day) and be intentionally disrespectful to a non rated Major was childish. I could go on. Incidentally, I served in the same unit when it was the 20th TFW. Fortunately he hadn't gone to pilot training yet. The vast majority of the pilots I knew in the 20th TFW were Professional Air Force officers and team players concerned for the success of the overall Wing mission! I was not surprised to see in his bio that he retired as a Lt. Col.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
A good story told by a vain egocentric aviator. Writing loses a lot to the attitudes of the narrow minded authors.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
Giant ego? Okay whatever I can handle that. Outright nonsense? I cannot take. I almost had to stop reading it when he compared some of his training to that of SF and Seal Teams (BUDS). I simply could not read any more when he made a blanket statement calling Army Infantry uneducated. I invite Mr. Hampton to come on down to ground level with any infantry unit from any branch to take a look at how under educated you really are!! I would only recommend this book to the fantasy lovers, but only if you check it out from the library. I am really glad I did not pay for it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2014
I was very disappointed with the purchase of this book. Not a whole lot of content & poorly written. If the author is smart enough to fly a multi-million dollar, high tech F-16 attack fighter, why can't he write a sentence without a four letter word in it?
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A stick-actuator writes a book. This guy was the type of pilot crew chiefs hate. Some guy gave me this book thinking that because I was a Falcon (screw your Viper designation) Keeper I would love it. Just a bunch of ego centric silky-boy meanderings.
Col. Blanchette....now there was a pilot.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is insulting to all that are non-americans. The way the author express is views and opinions about other countries and pilots is of a complete lack of manners. It is amazing that he didn't got killed with this kind of attitude. If he keeps thinking like this, the airplane or enemy will surprise him in the worst of ways.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Not worth it
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20 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Wow, I BARELY made it through it- and I mean it took WORK, REAL WORK to try and finish this diaper load. Absolutely thee WORST combat, pilot, or soldier or similar narrative I've ever read- and I've read and have 100's in my collection. This dude is thee biggest BLOW HARD, egomaniac, peddler of bilge I've ever seen or heard. I have a lot of fighter pilot friends- and this dude is a frank disgrace to them all. EVERYTHING he does is supposedly God's gift to the world, EVERYONE ELSE from the AWACS, to Air Force Sr Command, to fellow pilots are all either total pud knockers according to him, or at least a notch or two below his self endowed wonderfulness. BLOW HARD is all this book is about- blowing from page one to the end. Read Chickenhawk by Robert Mason (probably the finest air combat bio ever written- by a chopper pilot about flying "slicks" in Nam) or Iron Claw by Sherman Baldwin a Naval A-6 pilot or Flights Of Passage or even Yeager (an ego in himself- but a rank amateur in the ego, blowhard dept. when compared to this Viper dude) or Unbroken or a Rumor of War for a grunt on the ground narrative. ANYTHING is better than this "book" - term used loosely. I'll be selling my copy back for whatever they'll give me, or donate it to charity. Worst load I think I've ever read. It's gotta be 80% plus fantasy in this guy's own mind- he's a legend in his own mind, that much is for certain. AVOID at all costs. Save or time and money and get a real, well written book from someone who's humble, gives credit to their fellow team mates and lives in the real world.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The author's opinion of himself is nauseating. I have known a good many over archives in my life, all of whom possessed a good deal of humility. A trait sorely lacking within this fellow.
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