• 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 (256 ratings)

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Punk's War

By: Ward Carroll
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
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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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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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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

This was a surprising good “listen”. I became aware of this series by watching Ward Carroll’s YOUTUBE channel. He was a back seater in a F14 Tomcat and has many good stories about his time in the Navy, which he tells very well.

I liked the mix of seriousness and humor in the story. The scene of the high level teleconference with the SECDEF, a whole host of flag rank officer and the carrier crew and the problems with teleconference technology was too true and priceless! I also liked the way the author sets up the conflict amongst his characters and then how most of them were able to put their conflicts aside to accomplish the mission.

The flying sequence successfully conveyed the “pucker factor” of the aircrews who find themselves in very challenging situations. The author excels in describing the “turning and burning” fighter combat.

The narration was good and added to the story.

Over all, it was very good listen and I found myself regretting it being over too soon. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a realistic Naval Aviation thriller.

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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 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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Nonstop action

A very good story comparable to a good history channel military documentary. A horror if any part is biographical. But truth is always stranger than fiction.

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  • 11-08-22

Fails to deliver

The concept had much promise, but the story fails to deliver. Lacking in flying action, this is more like a crew room soap opera with a pretty weak storyline attached.

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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
  • 11-30-22

Excellent.

Excellent story well told. looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
Ward Carrols you tube Chanel is also worth checking out.

Regards Neil - Civilian Medevac Pilot. RFDS

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  • Mel Robinson
  • 11-02-22

Slow starter but worth sticking

Slow starter but because I follow Ward on YouTube, I hung in there once the action kicked off I was bunge listening to the end.Good first book Ward.

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  • 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