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I'm retired Air Force and served during the period in which this book is set. At one point, the commander laments that women aren't still kept at home barefoot and pregnant. All the Air Force men in the story are outspoken, over-the-top, neanderthal-like chauvinists. I was extremely offended by the way the military men were portrayed in the book. It was absolutely cringe worthy.
There were also the technical inaccuracies that plagued seemingly every page. For example, when the supergirl heroine, Verna, who is an F-16 pilot, decides that she wants to take a break from astronaut training to fly a plane, a shiny, new F-15 is waiting for her the next morning. Without even being checked out on an F-15, she hops in to take it out for a joy ride. Are there really people out there that think you could check out an F-15 with a $20 deposit and a valid driver's license? Apparently so. The first thing Verna decides to do on her joyride is to buzz the old people walking on Daytona Beach by flying over then at 100ft and 500 knots. Yea, I just love checking out an F-15 on Saturday morning and deafening unsuspecting people by flying at 100ft over public places. Great fun. No sooner had she buzzed the oldies than an armed mystery F-15 shows up to shoot her down. Seems it's just as easy for the baddies to check out F-15s. Of course, even with missiles and guns, the mystery pilot can't down supergirl, and with no armament loaded, Verna decides to pull her best Wile E. Coyote move and release her parachute which will surely cover and stick on the enemies canopy blinding him (we all know that missiles can't be fired if you can't see through the canopy). Then she'll release her tailhook which will surely puncture his fuel tank thereby disabling his plane. Her plans, of course, work to perfection. Who need missiles or guns to disable an armed F-15 on your six? Not supergirl.
Even if the military inaccuracies don't bother you, there's the horribly flawed sci-fi premise on which the nook is based. The book starts by saying that aliens have been visiting and abducting humans for thousands of years. Thousands of years?! I guess they just couldn't get those experiments done right the first few hundred years. That's got to be annoying. So, now that the humans have figured out how to throw a Saturn V carcass into space, they're going to crew it and take off to kick those aliens butts. Yes, those same aliens who have thousands of years of space flight experience, but apparently haven't advanced technically at all in those thousands of years.
I'm willing to suspend some amount of disbelief, but this book is some of the most ridiculous tripe, I've ever read. I can't possibly imagine who's posting the positive comments here. I suspect they're mostly from family and friends which is why I feel compelled to post this review to let others know that this book is not worth wasting your money on.
I hope this book is the first in a series of sci-fi books with a female role model. Girls can go to the Moon and beyond, too, but it helps to see it in print. That makes it real. Thanks to Mr..DeArman for encouraging women to push their limits.
P.S. - Those who read their web posts know that the book has a lot of real world inspiration. These nuggets were strewn through the story and it was fun looking for them.
The story line required some suspension of know "facts" of the time but it turned into a very interesting read. In fact I couldn't put the book down until I finished.
It really took me back to my first SciFi books. Good plot twists and interesting characters. In the end I really wanted a sequel.
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