• Punk's War

  • The Punk Series, Book 1
  • By: Ward Carroll
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Punk’s War reveals the inner workings of the US Navy as only an insider can. An authentic and riveting thriller, it is a highly acclaimed novel of a fighter pilot’s experience in the era just before 9/11. As the US military enters another postconflict period, the themes of leadership during crisis and accomplishing the mission make Punk’s War more relevant than ever.

©2001 Ward Carroll (P)2002 Blackstone Publishing

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Excellent glimpse into Naval aviation

Ward balances intricate nerdy details about the F-14 Tomcat and Naval operations as a whole with a cast of multidimensional characters that you love to root for (or against). Doesn't fall into the trap of getting so detailed that it sacrifices the plot as a whole.

The narrator is also worth mentioning, he has a perfect voice for the cast and the subject matter. Sure, there was a mispronunciation here or there, but his tone is absolutely on point.

All in all a fantastic effort, can't wait to listen to the next two novels as soon as they're released.

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Believable

Not over top. Good action descriptions. An excellent story. Ward Carroll should write more. It keeps your interest.

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Great detail an aviation buff can appreciate.

I'm a huge fan of Ward Carroll's YouTube channel and Audible. So when he said his books were available on Audible I downloaded it that day and I don't regret it one bit. I look forward to the next book.

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I think I served with these guys

The entire gang is there: the douchebag careerist, the passed over old hats, the new guy learning the ropes, and the O3s that make the mission happen. VF-104 is the quintessential flying squadron.

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Great Book

Awesome book! I Can't wait for the next two to be released on Audible! 👍 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Enjoyable!

Ward Carroll is an excellent story teller.
He walks the reader through an intimate and often exiting portrayal of life as a Tomcat pilot onboard an aircraft carrier.
Ninety percent of my reading is non-fiction.
But once in a while I discover a novel that rings true to my practical and emotional sensibilities.
I am looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

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Gripping and Organic

The story was exciting, but not so dramatic or fantastic that it seemed too far fetched from what seems real. The characters are well written and the narrator does an amazing job of bringing them to life.

Glad to finally see this in audiobook form.

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happy with narrator

I saw another review noting a disappointment in the narrator. I don't share that view, I thought it was excellent. I loved the storyline, it's my first time experiencing this book, and I'm happy with it. Can't wait for book 2.

Thanks Ward. I've been wanting an audiobook for a long time. Two thumbs up.

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Very entertaining

I thoroughly enjoyed the slice-of-life perspective in this story. I usually don’t listen to these kinds of stories but this one convinced me to give the other 2 stories done by Ward Carroll a chance. Fun read overall.

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What a surprise!

Great narration combined with well developed characters made for an enjoyable book that made me laugh. As you audio book folks know, bad narration can ruin a story. This guy changed his voice for each character and nailed it!

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  • David Barr
  • 06-27-22

Every squadron has one by the sounds of it

behind every heroic action
there are many fibs and egos by the sounds of things
loved it...listening to Punk's Wing now.

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  • Tricky
  • 06-09-22

Full of colour and realism

Sometimes you find a rare gem of a story that occupies you totally until it's read, or listened to, completely.
I found Ward Carrol on YouTube some months ago and discovered a man who presented his videos with calm assurance and clarity in a very engaging style. Well, guess what? He writes the same way.
If I didn't already know, this novel had to be by a fighter pilot. Not only that, an F14 Tomcat driver. It is the little details that make the difference and give such colour to the story, deftly done and simply stated.
A terrific novel of modern carrier ops and flying.
Recommended

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  • 05-11-22

Anytime baby

Outstanding story and narration taking you into navy aviation and the cockpit og the legendary Tomcat

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  • Matthew Walker
  • 05-10-22

Fantastic

Having become a fan of Ward’s YouTube channel i thought I would have a listen and it didn’t disappoint thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and look forward to the other books on the line.

With Ward being an f14 Rio it was fantastic to have such a great insight into carrier operations particularly F14s from someone who has actually been there and done it.

Give it a listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-22

Draws you in and flys by

Bought this almost by mistake and started listening on a lazy afternoon, drew me right in and couldn't stop listening.
Feels like a a collection personal anecdotes with a fictionalized narrative weaving throughout.
Very fun listen