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Posted March 9, 2001
Gripping adventure superbly told
This is a true story ... a single adventure ... that raised my concepts of courage and heroism to new levels. As a former journalist myself, I marveled at the author's attention to detail in exposing the gritty work of a group of men who dedicate themselves to saving lives through airborne rescue missions. The description of their elite training is worth the price of admission alone. But the fast-paced tale of the rescue that is the focus of this book takes it over the top; it rivals the best adventure fiction you'll ever experience. Read it before Harrison Ford buys the script.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2001
Perfect for Perfect Storm Fans
The Air Rescue service's motto is 'That others may live' and never has it been on display more than in this undertaking. With helicopters pushed well beyond design limits, with amazing air to air refuelings in raging storms, with drama and conflict between elements of the unit, this is a tale demanding to be made into a movie. 'Pararescue' is a one-sitting book, a lightning-fast, can't-put-down, edge-of-your-chair read about a rescue that in complexity, excitement, and accomplishment makes 'The Perfect Storm' aviation sequences seem like a lap around the flagpole. In many senses, it is a perfect followup to 'The Perfect Storm,' even involving the same unit and one of the same men who was involved in that tragic attempt to rescue sailboaters caught in the same storm as the doomed swordfishermnen. A true story, no one would believe it if it hadn't actually happened. A freighter has sunk, and 26 sailors are in the sea in a storm with hurricane strength winds some 900 miles from the 106th Rescue Wing's home base. Without hesitation, the pilots and pararescuemen of the unit are ready to make the risky rescue. Soon command reluctance to risk a dangerous mission--remember the unit lost a chopper and a parajumper in 'The Perfect Storm' mission--postpones the flight. Will they make it on time? How can the sailors, some in deteriorating lifeboats, some alone in the water, survive? Michael Hirsh has had unlimited access to the crewmen who made the mission, plus a rescued sailor, who's own survival is amazing in its own right. Hirsh keeps the book moving at breakneck speed, but with a technical accuracy and attention to the human detail rarely seen in such action adventures. 'Pararescue' has it all. Tension, storms, heroic pilots and parajumpers, moments of humor under enormous stress, shark attacks, and amazing flying and mission coordination.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.