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Raven One

Flip Wilson Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
Series: Raven One, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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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

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"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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Terrific

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

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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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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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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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  • Max
  • 31-12-18

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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  • Dan Martin
  • 22-10-19

Great book for aviation fans

At first I was a little daunted by all of the military lingo, but I caught on pretty fast, and it was an all around great read.

A great aviation thriller that is grounded enough to be believable in this reality.

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  • VaDavid
  • 24-09-19

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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  • Paul
  • 01-06-19

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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  • K WOLF
  • 08-09-18

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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  • Charles Floto
  • 28-08-18

Great story by an aviator

I'm not sure if Miller is a former Naval aviator but he sure writes like one. Great story! Loved every minute!

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  • John
  • 19-05-18

Outstanding in every respect

This book captures Naval Aviation as is truly is. Extraordinary detail from someone who has been there! A must read. Well done!
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-17

Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed the story line. I'm a non-navy guy, so had to get used to the lingo. But once I did, I felt like I was one of the guys in the Ready Room or Cockpit. Characters were well developed. Bad guys made you dislike them. Good guys made you love 'em. Built good tension and suspense.

Highly recommend!

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  • Mick Turner
  • 11-07-17

Great story!

While inclusive of the camaraderie, exhilaration, and triumph of Naval flight ops, the author includes for realities sake the less appreciated aspects of deployment such as separation from home and loved ones, misapplied and undeserved authority, life errors, fears to be faced and death of friends and allies. In this mixture, reflective of scenes oft repeated in both geography and time, the reader watches and listens to events relating to a warrior whose subservience to God, disciplined practices, his duty and his compatriots, in a representation of what we as US citizens pray is the composition and demeanor of our men at arms. The author is either intimately familiar with the subject matter in its entirety, or has one amazing imagination. In either case, I'll be anticipating more from this talented and follow-worthy teller of tales.

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  • Michael Billingsley
  • 06-03-20

Slow going.

I struggled to finish this one. Please...someone tell the narrator we don't need his sound affects.