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Shattered Bone Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998
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As far as believability: I don't know the B1, but I find the scenario once over Russia a bit implausible.
(***** Spoiler coming!!!! *****)
#1 -- if I'd been prepping the aircraft with the special missile, I'd have removed the nukes as a precaution. With a longer prep window, I would have locked out the navigator's ability to launch same.
#2 -- For you B-1 jocks, doesn't the aircraft commander/pilot have the ability to override actions of the navigator/weapons officer?
#3 -- First we're told that the ground troops wouldn't hear the B-1 until it was immediately upon them--to late to do anything. Then a lone misfit ground soldier has time to not only notice the B-1 coming, but to load, shoulder and launch his missile and down the aircraft--huh?
(**** Done spoiling ******)
Is Chris Stewart the next Tom Clancy? Not yet. He needs a better publisher and editor, and doesn't equal Clancy's research, but the potential is there. I'm encouraged that Stewart has taken the high road and avoided the "commercial" pitfall of coarse language and sex that Clancy fell into after his first couple of books. I'm eager to read his follow-on books and see how this author develops.
I do not have any B1 bomber knowledge other than a basic understanding of the aircraft and it's mission, however the author would, having flown one and been decorated for doing so. Therefore, I will defer to him on the questions some raised about the actions Richard Ammon took while over Russia. Another reviewer here who is a B1 instructor pilot says Stewart got it right and not only presented factual info on most all of the flying, but related the thought processes that go through a pilot's mind
What I do know, is that the author kept my attention and my interest right to the end of the book, although I have some reservations about the motivation of the US government to allow him to pursue the mission that he did and the manner in which the attacks, both by the B1 and the Russians were concluded.
This genre of novel is always in need of an accomplished author and it appears it has added one in the personna of Chris Stewart. I continue to read him going backwards in time while he is hopefully busy on his next one.
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The basic plot (USAF pilot is really a Russian Plant) is good. The novel goes downhill form there. If you are a pilot you will not like this. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Conrad S Biegalski
Chris Stewart is a great writer, clean, clean, captivating, and realistic. Any of his books are worth reading. And only a few bucksPublished on September 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
An interesting idea botched by incredibly inept storytelling. In "Shattered Bone", one of our nation's most trusted fighter pilots is revealed to be nothing more than a deep-cover... Read morePublished on July 12, 2007 by Rottenberg's rotten book review
Although interviews with the author are steeped in his back-patting flying a "fighter bomber" (huh?), he obviously flies better than he writes. Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by John Bradley
I loved the book and couldn't put it down! Great job by Stewart. As a current Air Force Instructor Pilot with over 2,500 hours I can see the vivid realism and exciting details in... Read morePublished on August 26, 2003 by T. Beatie
I personally dont think this book is worth the money spent on it. While the premise and general idea was good, the Stewart failed to develop the storyline to its true potential. Read morePublished on June 18, 2003 by wing_a