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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone has been assigned to a search and rescue team based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, near the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and far from her former elite H-60 squadron. A rule follower by nature, Alison is exasperated and outraged every time she flies with her mission commander, "Boomer" Marks, for whom military procedures a ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Forge Books
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Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set amongst the beautiful Sierra Nevada landscape, Clear To Lift is a compelling story of adventure, love, family and self-discovery. The tension, both romantic and life-and-death-danger, leaps off the page, drawing you into this epic story. It is unforgettable, addictive and just so much fun! With vibrant characters, a strong and relatable heroine, blizzards, storms, unexploded bombs, a gorgeous Labrador search and rescue dog, doughnuts and a very ruggedly handsome mountain guide, this book has ...more
Tara Chevrestt
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would normally roll my eyes at a review that states, "Heart-pounding, edge-of-seat adventure." But I'm going to say that. I am aware that is sounds cheesy and cliched, but in this case, it's true. As I read the final rescue scene in this novel, my heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat, literally. When I closed the final page and looked at my coworker (I finished reading this on a work break), I actually said, "A woman who saves the day! Exactly my kind of read!" (I was actually m ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Anne Wilson. It belongs on your TBR. Read my spoiler-free review at:

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***Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-release
This review was originally posted on StrupagAlison Malone is a 28 year old Navy helicopter pilot. Her most recent posting has seen her stationed in Fallon, Nevada among the Sierra Nevada mountains as part of the Navy's premier search and rescue squadron, the Longhorns. It's not a post she desired, it's more than likely a post that's going to affect her career progression - the guys here are lax on the rules, and to top it off she's away from her fiancé, Rich.

Ali's father abandoned her and her mo
Cathy Cole
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If this book sounds more like women's fiction, if it sounds more like romance, than the books I usually read, you'd be right. However, I read and enjoyed Wilson's first book, Hover, so much that I definitely wanted to give this one a try. I am very glad that I did. The one thing that annoyed me in that first book was the romantic element, but here in Clear to Lift, Wilson has pulled back on the stick just enough to make Alison and Will's budding relationship perfect. In fact, if most men were ho ...more
John Clark
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a fascinating cast of characters, Clear to Lift is a compelling read. Yes, it's easy to figure out where the story is going, but this book is more about the journey than the destination and the rescue at the end is written so well I was squirming with worry as I read it. This is an excellent blend of thrills and romance by an author who really knows her stuff. ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Didn't expect this to be a one sitting kind of book but I was gripped from start to finish. Alison grew up in Sacramento with her Mom and Step-Dad. She's now in the navy as a helicopter pilot, but she's been assigned to Search and Rescue. She is absolutely not happy about this as it means being away from he fiance Rich, and she feels like her career is going to go stagnant after.

She's the kind of woman that likes stability, and has a nice life with Rich back home, who works in finance. She is a
Susan Barich
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Having been the story editor for "The Shortest Straw: Search and Rescue in the High Sierra," it was fascinating for me to hear some of these same adventures from the rescue-helicopter pilot's point of view. The courage and heroism of Anne and the other rescue-helicopter crews cannot be overstated. These people clearly bend all the rules and put themselves in harm's way on every rescue in the high Sierra where the air is thin and rogue downdrafts and updrafts maraude through some of the highest p ...more
S.E. Spracher
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author, Anne A. Wilson, really was a search and rescue helicopter pilot. She didn't just research her subject--she lived it. This gives her readers an unusual glimpse into the world of what it's like to be female military pilot. The action begins in the first paragraph of the first chapter...and just gets more intense from there. So... this book had me hooked from page one. It's a love story, but it's non-stop, white knuckle reading and it was SO FUN! I've just started reading her other book ...more
Neva Womack
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and heartfelt love story between a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter pilot and a mountain climber. Written by Anne Wilson, a US Navy helicopter pilot in real life, it flows and maintains your interest.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I am giving this 2.5 stars...the story had potential, I loved the chemistry between the two leads...but just about everything else was OTT or unbelievable...had this been the first book of this aithor I read i would never had the opportunity yo read Hover and that would be a shame..
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I was disappointed because the book had what would probably have been an inappropriate sexual scene. I did not finish this book. There was also a fair amount of coarse language.
Sarah Wersackas
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An amazing sequel to Hover, I loved both of these books.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adventure
After reading Hover, I decided that Anne Wilson's second book, Clear to Lift, would be perfect for my long flight. The fast paced adventure kept my interest throughout, and I almost missed the snack handout. I loved the many action sequences and was thoroughly sucked into the romance. Both of Wilson's books should be made into movies. ...more
Debi Lantzer Stout
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I took part in the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with BookSparks this year. I thought I had reported on every book from May, June, July and August, but when I was organizing my books late last week, I came across this book and realized it was part of the #2016SRC (2016 Summer Reading Challenge). Since late is better than never, here's the report on Clear to Lift.

I wasn't sure what to expect with Anne A. Wilson's book, Clear to Lift. I hadn't heard of her before I received this book for review, b
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
There were many things to enjoy about this novel: Action and adventure.. She's a Navy search and rescue helicopter pilot (like the author was in real life, so there's a level of reality to everything that's very cool!) and he's a mountain rescue climber/guide. And the action is powerful: mountain rescues of climbers dangling from ropes, an MC is caught in a sudden deadly blizzard, a heartrending search and rescue for a downed fighter jet, and a final terrible flood where Ally shows what she's re ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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Alison Malone is engaged and a navy helicopter pilot stationed in Nevada, far from her fiance in San Diego. She wants this to be just a stop before she can reunite and marry her safe option and start a family. Although she has always taken the safe route her job is anything but safe as she flies in the craziest of situations to search and rescue climbers, accident victims or just explorers.

I loved Alison's story. It was half adventure half romance.
V Forr
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clear to Lift is another superb read from Anne Wilson that turns an incredible personal experience into a dramatic and enjoyable read. The novel focuses on Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone and her daring search and rescue work in the beautifully described Sierra Nevada. The characters are multi-faceted, entertaining, and highly relatable. The plot is action-packed from the first rescue to the last. Compared to Wilson's debut novel, Hover, this plot includes more human drama with a touchin ...more
Jul 12, 2016 added it
Like her debut novel *Hover*, Anne Wilson’s new *Clear to Lift* braids together three plots—a strong romance, heart-stopping adventure, and what I’d call “resolve-an-issue-from-the-past”—holding each in balance for the entire novel. The romance is, in some ways, the strongest thread—what pulled me through to the end was wanting to see how the protagonist Alison was going to escape her engagement to the safe but narcissistic and instagram-addicted rich banker to be with the good, grounded guy. Th ...more
Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought Anne’s first book (Hover) was good; this one is better. The action takes place in Nevada (as opposed to on a flight carrier) and mainly with search-and-rescue (as opposed to military operations). These two things I could understand a lot better than the aircraft carrier and the terrorism plot from Hover, which I think went a long way to me enjoying the story more. The climactic event kept me riveted (I even missed part of our family bonfire!); it was the kind of event I try to include ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading and loving Hover, I could not wait to get my hands on Anne Wilson's newest novel! The characters were so easy to identify with and so realistically portrayed. The author does an excellent job weaving in multiple stories that tie together beautifully in the end. The love story is strong and the rescue scenes, especially the last one, keep you up at night reading! A wonderful, engaging read! ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Clear to Lift yesterday... and FINISHED it yesterday as well! It was an awesome read, grabbing you from the first chapter to the last. I would highly recommend this book. Once I started reading, I did not want to put it down and was willing to sacrifice sleep to finish it. It was that good!
Shelly Richardson
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear to Lift is well written, engaging and suspenseful! Anne Wilson's first hand experience as a Navy helicopter pilot brings a realistic perspective to each rescue account in the book. Her vivid descriptions and attention to detail made me feel like I was there witnessing it all. It was a perfect summer read as I didn't want to put it down until I finished it! I highly recommend it! ...more
Lynn Dolan
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought the first book, Hover, was good, but this one is better.

Part of what I liked about this book... I was familiar with almost every location in the book. Learning about the inside workings of Air Search and Rescue was amazing. Hope you write more books about women flying helicopters, Anne A. Wilson.
Kathy Schouten
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 A book filled with action - much of it through a woman helicopter pilot. Enjoyed the detailed description of the search and rescue missions, her transformation from city girl to country girl, from a woman who craves security to one who takes a risk. The love affair was a little predictable.
Bill Donhiser
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because of the background of the author. It looked like an exciting adventure read. I enjoyed the Search and Rescue and the piloting element of this book, it was just a little too much towards the romance end for my taste. Well done and enjoyable just not a genre I enjoy
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just the right mix of adventure, romance and technical detail. I couldn't put it down!
Andy Plonka
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Entirely predictable outcome, but some great action scenes.
Terry Pearson
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: didn-t-r-cv
I won a copy in a giveaway on

Never received the book.
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Anne A. Wilson lives with her husband and two sons in Fountain Hills, Arizona. When not writing, Anne spends her days on a pool deck coaching triathletes and teaching adults how to swim. She has also worked in the semiconductor industry, and prior to that, served nine years active duty as a navy helicopter pilot, which included three years of search and rescue flying in the high peaks of the Sierr ...more

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