1973. The skies over Vietnam have finally gone
silent. America has pulled out, the war is over. But for Lieutenant Jake
Grafton, USN, fresh from two combat cruises and a harrowing shoot-down over
Laos, the personal battle is just beginning.
His country has not welcomed him home with
open arms, but with closed minds and closed fists. When his girlfriend’s father
called him a murderer, Jake walked away. But when a stranger in a bar
challenged his honor, the man was not so lucky and landed in the hospital. Jake
landed in jail. And Grafton’s shore-duty commander, who bailed him out, has
devised the perfect punishment for his ace flight instructor: an eight-month
cruise on the aircraft carrier Columbia teaching jarheads, Marines, the nuances
of carrier aviation.
Flying missions over Vietnam was a living
hell; now, as a Navy man working side by side with Marines who have no carrier
aviation experience, Grafton’s about to discover another world of fresh hell.
The Marines may be made of tempered steel and brass balls, but taking off and
landing from a slippery flight deck, on a choppy sea in a pitch-black night,
there is no margin for error, or for animosity. And men like Marine Captain
Flap Le Beau, his bombardier and navigator, have a real gift for pushing Jake’s
buttons. But he’s going to have to learn to live with him or die trying. They
belong to the same society of warriors, they fought in the same war, they drink
the same whiskey to toast fallen comrades. Now they must fly together in the
same cockpit, must lock into each other and into their million-dollar machine,
and make the split-second decisions which will insure that, tonight, their
fellow pilots won’t raise a glass to them. Download and start listening now!