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A refreshing alternative to the usual male perspective of war
on 23 July 2016
My first review of this was highly critical, so much so that I forced myself to re-read the book. It's not brilliantly written, but the style is passable. The quality of writing is pretty dire at the start, but it improves after about the first 100 pages. The first 100 pages or so also cover Ms Madison's early life and training and they were for me at least, a bit taxing. I found Ms Madison to be a bit needy. She more than makes up for it in the second two thirds of the book though, which gives an unprecedented view of aerial combat from a woman's perspective. Ms Madison was clearly troubled by her role and by her third tour the dichotomy between her love of action and the camaraderie involved in being an attack pilot and the pain of separation from her partner and general military BS is pretty gripping. By the end of the book I found myself disappointed that we didn't get to find out how her readjustment to life outside of the army went.
As we left her, Ms Madison was doing her civilian pilot training and planning a move back to her native Canada with her husband. I hope that both went well.
Ms Madison is undoubtedly talented, determined and brave. I thank her for her service on our behalf.