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For a moment Wilson froze and looked at the white-helmeted pilot who sat high on the nose of the colossal fighter. Across the small void, he saw the pilot's eyes peer over his mask. Dark, chilling eyes. Wilson kicked right rudder to slide closer and jam any chance for a bandit gunshot. When the bandit pulled all the way over, almost on its back but in control, he cursed in frustration at what he knew was coming next. The hostile fighter reversed over the top in a negative-g maneuver, his nose tracking down on Wilson like a falling sledgehammer in slow motion. Horrified, Wilson realized he faced an imminent snapshot. With the little air speed he had, he inverted his Hornet to avoid the attack. His aircraft still rolling, Wilson saw that the monster had another weapon at its disposal.

©2015 Kevin P. Miller (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A page turner... Raven One makes a major contribution to aircraft carrier history during difficult deployments. The author has skillfully woven the intense combat maneuvers with a fascinating human interest story." (Naval Historical Foundation)

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Fantastic Read for Military/Aviation Enthusiasts!

I listened to this book in its entirety and it genuinely made my commutes to work the highlight of the day. It is very well performed and written, crafted very well for the military thriller market. That is to say, do not expect to be reading the greatest thing ever written ever, just extremely good by military fiction standards.

The scenarios are grounded in reality, and while at the edge of plausible sometime, are not outside the realm of possibility. There are many low-rent military thrillers out there that you could waste your time with. Captain Miller's books here, especially this one, out-classes all of them.

The story takes places around the Persian Gulf, showing all sides from command, to the pilots, to the opponents. There is enough characterization and emotional investment that the events of the story have an impact, but it does not shy away from the hard military enthusiast details.

That said, it is very much technical in that aspect, as the happenings with F/A-18s and other aircraft are declared with stunning accuracy and detail. But it would read as a long string of acronyms or techno-aviation jargon for those uninitiated. To really dig into this book, you should be probably have some knowledge of military aviation.

To hear a voice actor paraphrase and use onomatopoeia imitating the bleeps and jingles inside a cockpit is something to behold, and done very well.

In closing, this is a great listen and a great book - For those into military aviation fiction. Fully recommended, if that is your area of interest.

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Excellent

This was an excellent book. Both the story and audio performance was 5 star. As a Naval Aviator the depictions of squadron life left me with viseral feelings and we're exceptionally authentic. The combat is well edited and all very plausible. Highly recommend.

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Written and Performed very Well!

Being on an aircraft carrier in 1993-95 in the gulf this book was like reliving my time onboard. I loved every bit of it and could almost smell the jet exhaust. Well done and excited for a 3 book series!!!

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Great Insights Into Naval Aviation

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, there were times I had to rewind and relisten to certain parts because I got lost in the midst of overwhelming naval jargon. As an former army guy, who spent time working with the navy, it brought back some memories - both good and bad. The story is engaging as he weaves just the right amount of action to keep my interest and now I find I want to know more about Lt Cdr Wilson - so I guess I'm buying the next book in the series.

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OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

Even 5 stars does not do this book justice. If you are a navy veteran, especially if you have served on board ship as you listen close your eyes and you are instantly back on board, and immersed the story. I am on to the next in the series.

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Excellent listen for the Navy fighter enthusiast

I enjoyed this book very much. it had a good balance of combat and Navy fighter pilot life aboard an aircraft carrier.

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great story and great first hand knowledge

Kevin's knowledge of naval aviation is shared in a way that both combat veterans can relate to and the common non military person can enjoy. nice work!

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Great Listen

It kinda makes you wonder how much of the book isn't fiction. You can tell he writes from experience.

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Astonishing

Did not expect for this read to be so involved.
Captured my attention throughout. Very complex piece with views from many perspectives.
VERY WELL DONE!!!

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I thought I was there

Amazing story and one of the best books I ever read. As a retired Naval Officer I felt every emotion and experience of the characters in this compelling story. The authors level of detail was on point. I went from laughter to tears throughout listening to this well narrated book and hated knowing I was near the end because I wanted the story to continue. Bravo Zulu Captain Miller. I can’t wait to start your next book

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  • 05-15-22

An epic naval aviation story!

Absolutely loved this book! A must for any military aviation fan, the detail and all round storytelling is amazing.

The narration by Corey is also very good and complements the book perfectly, I highly recommend this.

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  • Toni Rikkonen
  • 05-06-21

Novel that keeps a firm grip on the listener

A solid strory with unexpected twists that keeps you listening. If youre familiar with modern warfare and jets, its even more rewarding. Enjoyable and highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-20

Outstanding aviation novel

A truly excellent book with gripping story and lightning fast action.

The plot had me from the word go and the voice actor is excellent.

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  • charles
  • 09-12-20

Superb!

I couldn't put it down, outstanding from start to finish. Highly recommended and looking forward to the movie.

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  • Darren Abbott
  • 08-21-20

Modern air combat thriller

Great book for anyone interested in modern military aviation... Especially if you play DCS in which there is soon to be released a campaign based on this book....

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  • Seapiglet
  • 06-05-20

Enjoyable for a very specific audience

I really enjoyed this, but mainly because I am learning to fly a (virtual) Hornet in DCS World. There is a lot of detail on procedures and controls that would probably slow things down too much for the general reader but for me we’re fascinating and gave a bit of colour and detail to things I had been reading about elsewhere, as well as getting a better idea of what the pilots get up to when they’re not in the cockpit.

I did grow to enjoy the characters, and found myself rooting for them. My only criticisms here are that there is little ambiguity - each is basically either a goody or a baddy with no redeeming features. Also it is hard to criticise the writing of female characters when I am male myself, but they spend much of their non-flying time thinking about men - it is a little bit cringey at times.

The flying scenes are great if you have enough background knowledge to understand what is going on. Even the non-combat scenes can have an enormous amount of tension.

Highly recommended if you are interested in naval aviation, but probably not otherwise.

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  • C D Leyland
  • 09-04-19

Terrific

Terrific. Feels like you are actually in the seat of the F18. A must read.

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  • GaryBe
  • 05-18-19

Naval Saints?

While this story is exciting and technically interesting, I couldn't get past the felling that it belonged in some modern propaganda book somewhere. We all know that the people in armed forces across the world are courageous and worthy of respect but this almost drifts into nauseating overtones of "USA the Holy". If you can get past this then you will find the story exciting, emotional and certainly heart felt, given that it was written by a retired USN officer.

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  • Gareth
  • 05-05-19

Simply superb

As an avid Naval Aviation fan this audiobook was extremely enjoyable to listen to. The author does a fantastic job of taking you out of your own life and in to the shoes of a fighter pilot, I really felt part of the Squadron and part of the air group it was a fascinating look in to what life on board a carrier might be like.
I can’t recommend this book enough to any aviation fan, as far as I’m concerned it’s a must have!

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  • Gierasimov
  • 05-04-19

Stunning piece of work

Well done Captain Miller, sir! Excellent story and well written. I enjoyed every single second of audiobook listen.

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  • Dennis Wayne Broad
  • 05-06-22

Disappointed

Still had 5 hrs to play but it keeps coming up with an error this is the third time this has happened

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  • 02-26-22

Good Air Combat Story

This was a good air combat story which drew me in and I will be getting the other books to listen too.

Good narration and easy to listen too