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Lions of the Sky

10 August 2019

Lions of the Sky, Paco Chierici, 2019, ISBN 978-1-64062-072-8, 174 pp.

Lions of the Sky by Paco Chierici

Chierici’s novel is as fast paced and as interesting as the F/A-18 Super Hornet (Rhino) flown by a fictional unit of naval aviators, the Black Lions. A retired naval aviator (F-14 Tomcats) himself, Chierici brings readers into the Rhino cockpits of newbie as well as hardened pros easily and insightfully. His descriptions of aircraft carrier operations are superb as are the riveting explanations of how even great aviators crash. Air combat maneuvering moments quicken the heart and his knowledge of how pilots think is refreshing—as are the engagement scenarios. Readers will enjoy following the Black Lions as they evolve from flight training to forged weapons as they defend against a PRC General who has definitely gone off the reservation.

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