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Paul Tremelling was just seven years old when he watched the Royal Navy's Sea Harriers leave their home base in Somerset to do battle against the Argentine Air Force in the Falklands War. Two decades later, he would join this exclusive club, one of an elite band of Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots, charged with standing in the way of Her Majesty's enemies.

This is the story of what it takes to make it in the dog-eat-dog arena of fighter combat. In the cockpit or crew room, the pressure is relentless, the humour merciless. It's no place for the faint-hearted.

Whether landing on a pitching aircraft carrier deck in the middle of the night or screaming in to save the lives of heroes under fire in Afghanistan, there was no room for self-doubt, only honesty, confidence and do-or-die hard truth. Big Boys Rules.

In return, Tremelling and his fellow airborne warriors enjoyed levels of exhilaration and job-satisfaction that would almost unimaginable in any other walk of life.

Either Winston Churchill or George Orwell (or maybe neither of them...) is reputed to have said, 'we sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.'

For nearly 20 years, Tremelling was one of those men. And never happier than when he was in the cockpit of the legendary British jump jet.

Combining visceral action with sharp intelligence, laced with acerbic humour, Harrier pulls no punches in bringing to life the hi-octane, unforgiving world of the fighter pilot, in the air and on the ground.

Strap-in....

©2022 Paul Tremelling (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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  • the runner mum
  • 07-03-22

Fantastic book, great narration

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Captivating from start to finish. Love the passion of Paul Tremelling and the superb narration of Finlay Robertson.

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  • Philip
  • 06-15-22

One of the best modern flying and fighting books

You never know when listening to a new author, but this was a marvellous, no holds barred account of his flying career. The conclusion too was wise and should mandatory reading for politicians and strategists. I hope you will enjoy this as much as me!

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  • SW
  • 06-14-22

One of the best

I really enjoyed this book.
I have listened to many fighter pilot books and this is right up there. Great stories and very insightful.
Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

Absolutely superb

Wonderfully entertaining book, nearly had me in tears at times and laugh at loud at others.

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  • Herr-B
  • 05-25-22

Great book, but...

A gread read, however pronunciations of things needs to be checked before publishing as spelling out abbreviations and acronyms slows the story at its fastest pace.

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  • Darren Abbott
  • 05-18-22

Puts you in the cockpit

Great read. Great narration. A must for all aviation enthusiasts. I particularly enjoyed listening about the thought processes and pressures a modern day fighter pilot has to deal with.

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  • Harry Benson
  • 05-18-22

Outstanding

This is a cracking piece of story telling that grips you from start to finish. Actually its more like a flow of dits. But truly excellent dits they are. And they flow well. The chapter on Afghan is particularly thrilling. The tension and jeopardy make the heart race and are guaranteed to interrupt your day. Great job Paul. As an ex Navy helo pilot myself, I could only laugh at the narrator telling me I flew 'hellos'! Let the mangled jargon go and the narrator delivers the story well. I didn't get my Sea Harrier slot but now I know what I missed. BZ.

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  • Onthecornishcoast, Cornwall
  • 05-12-22

Inspirational, informed, intelligent and f*#king funny. Highly recommended.

A very well told, warts and all, account that made me laugh out loud, wince and cry in equal measure.

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  • webmeister
  • 05-12-22

A must for anyone interested in Military Aviation

This book gives an insight into the highs and lows of becoming a military pilot and the need for focus and hardwork. It isn’t a ‘I was awesome, again !’ It’s an honest telling of things going wrong and the lessons attached and the pure joy of when everything just clicks into place and you realise how privileged you are. Years of training for events which take seconds. Peers who will go the extra mile to support and also mercilessly mock to keep you humble which makes you and other squadron mates safer.

It’s a high stakes game undertaken by people formed into diamond like quality by years of unrelenting pressure.

Enjoy.

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  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
  • 05-07-22

Sea Harrier to Top Gun and Hornets

Absolutely stunning audiobook for aviation enthusiasts. The postscript to the book is most appropriate to today and politicians should read it verbatim! The text can be somewhat personal but with good and sometimes humorous reasons; however, the content is superb and the inner cockpit dialogue is magnificent (you can almost feel the sensations being experienced) A MUST LISTEN