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Shadows of War by [Gandt, Robert]
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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: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00584HGM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Rennie Petersen on January 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"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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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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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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"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 the USS Saipan, take on Colonel Jamal Al-Fasr and the Sherji, the guerrilla troops of his Bu Hasa Brigade. They are trying to start a war between the US and Iran so they can carve out their piece of real estate, Babylon, with Al-Fasr the ruler. And, they have Raz Rasmussen, a squadron mate of Brick's shot down the opening day of the 1st Gulf War, 12 years earlier, and listed as KIA. It also includes Brick's emotional entanglement with Claire and her husband/ex-husband. This is the 2nd of two, so read Acts of Vengeance first and hang on to your Martin-Baker.
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