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Punk's War: A Novel

(Punk #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Punk's War is a high-tech thriller, a fighter pilot's story as riveting as it is honest. Written in the tone of the quixotic lieutenants who populate its pages, this novel vividly illustrates the pressures on the new generation of war fighters. Along the way the book introduces an engaging cast of characters: a self-centered squadron commander hell-bent on fixing his taint ...more
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Naval Institute Press (first published May 1st 2002)
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Isaac There were two follow-on books in the series, "Punk's Fight" and "Punk's Wing", which are viewable if you click on the author's name on this page. For…moreThere were two follow-on books in the series, "Punk's Fight" and "Punk's Wing", which are viewable if you click on the author's name on this page. For what it's worth, I agree with your statement. This one has a sense of authenticity that is missing from similar books in the genre, most of whom are written by wannabe authors who never lived and experienced what they're trying to write about. The fact that it was initially published in hardcover by the Naval Institute Press (which once upon a time also published the first editions of The Hunt for Red October and Flight of the Intruder) is an indicator of its quality.(less)
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Eric_W
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical-fiction
First, the author's credentials. Carroll served as a radar intercept officer, RIO, the guy in tha backseat of an F-14, for fifteen years and now teaches at the Naval Academy. So when he says that being shot off a catapult is "life pasing through him. . .all the 'accelerated roller coasters' and 'car crash and orgasm mixed into one' analaogies did not do the feeling injustice," he knows what he's talking about.

Punk is an F-14 fighter pilot whose unit is assigned to routine patrol off the coast o
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MJD
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story accurately depicts self absorbed jet pilots and the frequent frustrations of squadron life under bad leadership. It helps to be somewhat familiar with one or both of these facets to get full enjoyment out of the book, but it isn't completely necessary.
Elaine Byrne
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First in a series featuring Rick "Punk" Reichert as an F-14 Tomcat aviator who has a long-standing conflict with his incompetent squadron commander, becomes an unwilling player in military politics, and must fly in the dogfight of his life over Iraqi skies. An entertaining and nicely written story of carrier life from the eyes of an airman. Highly recommended for military and/or Navy buffs.
Tom
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An especially enjoyable book showing the frustration of military pilots, restricted by politicians. It also touched on the inter-service rivalry that existed during the war on Southwest Asia. While it focus's on one pilot in particular, it touches on several others including a ego minded squadron commander whose screw up earn his a promotion and a cushy job. Not a bad read
Kristy
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
If you have a pilot nearby to explain the jargon, or if you are familiar with the scene, it is a great read... But if not... Be prepared. I was learning about it as I read.
Joe Faust
Hilarious novel of fighter pilots, by one who has been there. Carroll is a refreshing new voice.
Scott
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what Top Gun should have been. Compelling, believable, and captivating.
Alexis
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Ward Carroll was my professor in college. This book is a fun easy read.
Timothy
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Especially for any former aviator or fan of military and techno-thrillers. It's like "Ball Four" meets a Dale Brown or Clancy novel. Not nearly as sterile and techno driven as many novels in the genre, with far more emphasis on the character development and personality, and inter-relationships.

Bawdy and bold, this is of course mainly a Guy Novel. Women readers might not dig the chauvinistic, Tail Hook mindset and dialogue. Women in this book are only mentioned, and then either as strip
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Steve
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but a little too much about the daily life and minutia of the office's life and struggle with superior offices. Little short in the flying part to me. I know Ward Carroll is a hell of a smart man and great to listen to about politics on the Press Pool, but I'll have to think about reading any more in the series.
Terrell712000yahoo.com
Funny thoughtful look at Modern Military life
Jules
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Great action, fun situations, and likeable characters. Punk and his shipmates create a great story!!
Nic
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So dreadful I left it in a B&B and prayed the owners wouldn't notice until after I checked out. ...more
Kent Beck
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a technophilic clancybook. Focused on the relationships between fighter pilots, superiors, and backseaters, with just enough explosions to be interesting.
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