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Memories of an Emerald World
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0983375100, Paperback)"You're here to fly. You're here to make good decisions in bad situations and take responsibility when things go wrong. You're here to work with strange people and not talk about it. You're here to do what I tell you. You're NOT here to cause problems. You get in trouble doing your job, I'll back you up. You get in trouble because you're screwing around with one of my airplanes, then God help you because I won't."
That's the welcome Mike, a young Air Force pilot, gets from his squadron commander when he arrives in Panama in the summer of 1990, tasked with flying into the biggest jungle on earth in search of drug runners. Assigned to a plane he knows nothing about and paired with equally inexperienced and oddball colleagues, Mike learns just what it takes to fly into the vast, uncontrolled airspace of the Amazon Basin, live in a country the U.S. has just invaded, and navigate the myriad cultures of Latin America.
From his first botched landing to his last take-off, Mike and his companions are on a non-stop wild ride, trying to get in as many hours in the air as they can before the drug traffickers, the weather, or their own naivete bring them crashing back to earth.
Memories of an Emerald World is based on the author's years as a C-27 pilot in Central and South America. Part Jonathan Livingston Seagull, part Catch-22, it's a fun and poignant sortie into military life, the thrill of flying, and the mysteries of the jungle. Anyone who has ever looked into the sky and dreamed will lose himself in the adventure of this delightful first novel.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:30 -0400)
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