Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Viper Pilot (Book Review & Giveaway)

VIPER PILOT is the personal account of Lt. Col. Dan Hampton.

This book was sent to me, by William Morrow Books (Harper Collins Publishers) to review and to giveaway ...a copy to two of my blog readers.

I enjoy reading all types of genre of books...from historical fiction to action/adventure to autobiographies to how-to books to cookbooks...

Joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday's V! 

I am only a third of the way through this one, but wanted to post about it as soon as possible, since it was sent to me so quickly!

Growing up in an Air Force family and then marrying a military man, I do enjoy military-related books.

This book was interesting to read coming from the perspective of an Air Force fighter pilot.  In the beginning, he touched on the experiences as a student pilot. As well as a brief history on how the Viper unit came to be. I am at the point in his book about some first experiences in the beginning of the Iraqi war. He recounts some hair-raising moments that one can only imagine and he also has moments interspersed with humor.

I do appreciate the section at the back of the book that is a glossary of military acronyms.  Even if there is someone that is familiar with military acronyms, the glossary serves as a great resource.  It definitely be helpful to someone not familiar with the military acronyms.

I think that someone in the aviation field or interested in military aviation or the military, would enjoy the insight of these accounts.  For me,  I would rather have done without the foul language.

I have great respect for all our men and women in uniform.  And have great appreciation for all those who have served and sacrificed with their time, duty and lives for our country.  It takes very special, motivated and dedicated men and women to serve in our armed forces.

1.  If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book to read or for someone you know, please leave a comment stating that you would like to enter.  Your name will be entered to win, if your comment indicates that you are entering.  One name will be drawn from these comments on this blog post.

2.  Go to one of the following fb albums and leave a comment beneath as many of the images in those albums. I will draw one name from those comments left between October 17th through October 23rd. Each comment left will have a chance to win a copy.

I will draw the names on October 24th. (The book will be sent to you directly by William Morrow Books/Harper Collins Publishers).

Here are a few aviation-related artwork.

And here is a recent art order for a gift to young man that completed training for his private flying license. It is taken from a photo of the Cessna that he flew.

Also...if you haven't already read my previous "V" post...please feel free to go to ...Veterans and Vaters. And if you get a chance to do so, please leave  a comment there, so I know that you stopped over.

 (1991 flying relief missions as a Blackhawk pilot, over Bangladesh)

My husband is a retired Army helicopter pilot, who flew two different helicopters and types of missions.  He flew the UH-60 Blackhawk (utility, rescue) and also the AH-64 Apache (attack).

 (2003...With a fellow Apache pilot in the deserts...)

I love to hear the many stories shared between him and his buddies over the years about their military adventures.

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ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Magnificent post ~ lovely sketches and photography ~ great 'V' for Alphabe ~ Congrats on new grand child ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Sue said...

As always, I love your work.

And I think I will enter your giveaway, although I could do without the bad language, too. I have a couple of people with an interest in both WWII and aviation.



Annesphamily said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I read a lot so I am always looking for interesting reads. Thanks for sharing and come visit soon. I will head over to FB too. Thank you Anne

Semper Wifey said...

I would love to win this for my husband! :)

anitamombanita said...

Sounds like a great book. But I think I'll pass on this one and let someone else who really wants it a chance. I'm so behind on my reading already and have a huge stack of books waiting for me to get to them... have a great week!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks like a book my husband would like. His dad was a pilot.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I am so far behind on my reading that I'm not sure it's fair to send me a book. I'll let someone else have the chance!

Have you read "Unbroken"?

I loved it!



Taylor Kong Boomer said...

thoughtful V post.
a book is a treasure.

Darlene said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for the nice comment you left. It is interesting that you found me from reading Sue's blog. Yes, she is my talented daughter. She made me start a blog last year when I was 84 years old. She even designed and set it up for me. I have been doing it for about a year now and have about a dozen blogging friends. I don't want a whole lot more because I feel like I am really friends with my followers. I couldn't really handle a lot more, but I read all about you and you seem like someone I would love to know. I do know I would like to get to know you better.

As for entering me in your book give away, please enter me in this one. I would love to read it and then give it to my son in law who is a pilot and for many years he tried to get me up in both of his planes, but he never did. I have never wanted the experience of flying in a small plane. His first one had one motor and then he got a bigger one with two, but still not for me. I'll do airlines, but even they make me a bit nervous.

Your family sounds like a very interesting many dentists and doctors. You are lucky!! I have a grandson in his second year of medical school. I had a scholarship to Standford to become a doctor. I got married to my first husband instead, a week after my 18th birthday. We were married for 25 years and I did have five terrific children with him. My husband now is so wonderful and all of our children love him so much. We have been married for 40 years!!

I look forward to hearing from you again!

Cheryl D. said...

It sounds like an interesting book, although I'm not interested in it.

The bad language sounds like a benefit! :P

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I always enjoy seeing your amazing drawings. If I didn't already have a stack of books sitting on my dresser waiting to be read I'd enter your drawing! I'm so far behind it isn't even funny.

Darlene said...

You can tell how little I know about small planes, or any planes, for that matter. I really do know that I meant engine, not motor. I think I was typing too fast and I certainly didn't edit it.....sorry!

Jenny said...

I think my husband would love this book!

Please enter me into your giveaway!

I love your related aviation work, too!

Don't you just feel like you're running really hard and unable to catch up?


Take care, sweet girl, and thank you for linking.


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