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Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I

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Frank Luke, Jr. was an unlikely pilot. In the Great War, when fliers were still “knights of the air,” Luke was an ungallant loner—a kid from Arizona who collected tarantulas, shot buzzards, and boxed miners. But during two torrid weeks in September 1918, he was the deadliest man on the Western Front. In only ten missions, he destroyed fourteen heavily-defended German ballo ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published July 1st 2008)
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Dave
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love aviation history and was excited when this showed up on BookBubs. I commend the author for his exhaustive research and high esteem for the subject of the book, but I found the writing style to be a little tiring and overdramatic. One moment the book reads like a tedious textbook of facts and figures; the next like a pulp fiction boys novel from the thirties, overly dramatic and full of repetitive cheesy metaphors and similes such as "diving on the "Sausage" (or "Drachen" in the same sente ...more
Hal
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first aviators in combat have always fascinated me. Something about the daring and in many cases chivalry of this opening chapter captures the imagine. I see a parallel to the knights of legend. In reality it was a harrowing and bloody business.

Frank Luke, Jr. was not only a hero but a symbol of this daring and deadly endeavor. Luke's personality made him unique in many regards and his independence and risk taking approach led him to become Ace of Ace's before leading him to his demise.

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Vince
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a well put together book. The author uses first source material to lay out the life and few days of glory of Frank Luke. He debunks a few of the myths but does it gently, you have no doubt that the author really likes Luke, which makes the book more believable. For those of you who don't know who Frank Luke was he was for 10 days the worlds premier air ace averaging close to two kills a day. His specialty was balloon busting, more dangerous than going head to head with another plane. At his ...more
Michael
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was an age when heroism meant something, something more than appearing on a reality TV show, a time when a person had to do something heroic to be a hero. American air ace Frank Luke was a true American hero and "Terror of the Autumn Skies" tells his story.

In the early days of aviation the planes were fragile sturctures made of cloth, glue and wire, with unreliable engines, where it was a full time job for the pilot just to keep the craft in the air. There were few gauges in the open cock
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Melwrenched
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story was captivating. I listened to it on audio and it made for an enjoyable trip to Portland. I got into the life of Frank Luke and there are prolific details about flying a WW1 airplane. The story had so many rich details, it is still so vivid for me. An excellent read and highly recommended on audio.
Susan
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting history became a little tedious in the epilogue. Way too many typos in the Kindle versions. Had very vivid, motion dreams after some evenings of reading about dogfights.
Jim Morris
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story. I highly recommend this book to all.
Blaine Pardoe
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The ultimate biography of WWI ace Frank Luke Jr.
Regan
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting read, but nothing compelling.
Amy Dove
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The writing is a little dry.
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Blaine Pardoe is a New York Times Bestselling and award winning author of numerous books in the science fiction, military non-fiction, true crime, paranormal, and business management genre's. He has appeared on a number of national television and radio shows to speak about his books. Pardoe has been a featured speaker at the US National Archives, the United States Navy Museum, and the New York Mil ...more
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