Black Star [NOOK Book]

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Robert Gandt’s career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and international airline captain with over 30,o0o flying hours. At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy, where he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. As a captain for Pan American World Airways, he flew around the globe, domiciled in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong....
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Overview

Robert Gandt’s career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and international airline captain with over 30,o0o flying hours. At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy, where he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. As a captain for Pan American World Airways, he flew around the globe, domiciled in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong.
Gandt is the author of six novels and seven non-fiction books. In 1998 he made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold, which was adapted from his best-selling thriller, Bogeys and Bandits. His latest, The Twilight Warriors (Random House, 2010) is the winner of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
Gandt and his wife, Anne Busse, live and work at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Port Orange, Florida.
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Editorial Reviews

David Meadows
Wow... Gandt writes from the heart and from experience. Riveting combat scenes and edge-of-the-seat action will keep you racing through the pages.
Stephen Coonts
Gandt writes for all us Walter Mittys who know we could fly the hot jets and save the world if only life gave us the chance.
Wayman Dunlap
Once again, he's [Gandt] proven his mastery of the written word, dragging his readers from page to page through the wee hours of the night...
Jack Woodul
Bob Gandt is not only a very effective action writer, but he can be a very funny man.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013292314
  • Publisher: Robert Gandt
  • Publication date: 10/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 351
  • Sales rank: 525,547
  • File size: 296 KB

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Robert Gandt’s career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and international airline captain with over 30,o0o flying hours. At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy, where he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. As a captain for Pan American World Airways, he flew around the globe, domiciled in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong.
Gandt is the author of six novels and seven non-fiction books. In 1998 he made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold, which was adapted from his best-selling thriller, Bogeys and Bandits. His latest, The Twilight Warriors (Random House, 2010) is the story of the deadliest naval engagement of WWII, the battle for Okinawa.
Gandt and his wife, Anne Busse, live and work at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Port Orange, Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    An okay read

    I thought there were some holes in the story that could have been filled if the writer added more to the book. Stuff happens which was not adequately explained. All in all an okay read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    A spellbinding tale of action and suspense

    In his latest novel, Gandt¿s alter ego, Brick Maxwell, once again enthralls the reader with his hair-raising exploits as an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea. An implacable malcontent has stolen the highly-classified plans for a Super Stealth fighter from the skunk works in Groom Lake, Nevada and has delivered them into the evil hands of The People¿s Republic Of China. In a desperate attempt to prevent an all-out war with Taiwan, Maxwell¿s mission is to defuse an imminent holocaust by slipping behind the enemy lines with a beautiful Chinese defector to search, seize and destroy. A bit far-fetched, perhaps, but nonetheless a well-told story by a master of intrigue. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to Gandt¿s next episode.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    A Riveting Read!!!

    Robert Gandt has done it again! He takes us flying by the seat of our pants into another hair-raising thriller. This time he introduces us into stealth technology and what it feels like to fly a supersonic stealth fighter--to be visible one moment and invisible the next. It changes our whole concept of the aerial dog-fight. And again he develops a plot that is entirely possible in a world whose values are turning upside down between terrorism and the race for global power. Just as it happens in 'Black Star,' when Taiwan pre-empts another world war with its retaliation against the threat of a Chinese invasion, a small power could trigger a colossal 'nuclear showdown.' It¿s a fair question to ask: Has China ever stopped being the West's enemy or is it just more insidious in hiding its expansionist ambitions toward Taiwan and the Pacific Rim while it gains economical strength and global status? Our economies woo China just as North American industrials wooed Nazi Germany prior to World War II. Are we playing into China's hands and will Gandt's book become a preview of what our next generation of top guns will be fighting? It's the reality of the plot that makes Gandt's book so chilling at the same time as it showcases Brad Maxwell and his fighter team of F/A-18 Super Hornets. Again Gandt takes us inside Maxwell's cockpit to feel the maximum pull of gravity as 'we' maneuver in fight-to-the-death aerial combat. The thrill of the story and the plausibility of the plot are not Gandt's greatest strengths, however. It is his ability to carry readers inside the heads and experiences of what our fighting forces are currently experiencing in battles against the war on terrorism all over the world. He helps us understand why our military people put their lives on the line every day, and he brings home a sense of patriotism that, for North Americans, decades of complacency, political cynicism and living on the fast track lost. And he does this with page-turning urgency. Robert Gandt has established himself as the Robert Ludlum of the military thriller, and I look forward to a prolific succession of Gandt books in the years to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Another page turning thriller from Bob Gandt

    Wow! It was worth the wait. This is the third in the series of Brick Maxwell novels, and it just gets better. Each new adventure takes on another layer of complexity and character. This one, set in China and Taiwan and involving super stealth technology, is another of Gandt's fictional works that could come true at any time. This one will keep you engaged from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Striking

    Peeked in looking for a leader. Then left the den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Blackclan

    Med cat den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Icetail

    Bored as crap

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    &alpha

    &alpha &omega &beta &delta &epsilon &kappa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Awesome Story virus

    Love minecraft! ~ random

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Virus Champions #1 Part 1

    The ember sun rose in the east as BlackStar rose from his slumber. He rubbed his brown eyes as he stoood out of bed. The sun beams beated down on his skin as he walked out his bedroom and into the kitchen. A happpy bark welcomed him. "Morning Tsubaki." He said to his wolf, patting her on her soft furry head. Tsubaki appered to smile at him, which filled BlackStar with plessure. He took a seat at he kitchen table. The clock on the wall read 9:45 a.m. It was quiet, except for the wind outside rustling through the grass. BlackStar sighed. "Just another day in the world of MineCraft." He said to himself as he relaxed. Tsubaki was scrathing the door for some reason. BlackStar looked at her. "You want to go outside girl?" He asked her. Tsubaki appered to nod. BlackStar, putting on his shoes, opened the back door and walked outside with her. He admired the cliffside scenery, the sun rising to show the beggining of a new day. He loved the view from behind his cliffside home. His concentration was broken by Tsubaki's sudden barking. BlackStar turned around towards the bushes on the side of his house. He quickly drew out his iron sword. "Stupid Creepers!" He shouted. "I told you yesterday to leave me alone!" Tsubaki lunged into the bushes. "Ow!" A voice said. It sounded human. BlackStar slowly walked forward. Tsubaki subbenly walked out of the bushes with someone's shirt in her teeth. BlackStar stared at the human with wide eyes. The boy looked up at him. "BlackStar!" He shouted. "Thank God I found you!" BlackStar was puzzled. "Do I know you?" He asked. The boy looked surprised. "It's me! Death The Kid! Don't you remember me?" BlackStar shook his head. "Come on!" Kid said "I carry two twin pistols? Three white lines on the left side of my hair? Son of death himself?" BlackStar looked at him. "You don't remember." Kid said worried. "The virus must have done this." Kid grabbed BlackStar arm. "Come on! We need to get to the others!" BlackStar jerked his arm away. "I am not going anywhere with you!" Tsubaki growled furiously. Kid looked at BlackStar. "You seriously don't remember anything." He sounded disappointed. BlackStar couldn't help but feel sorry for the stranger. "Will you at least explain who you are and how you know me?" Kid cheered up. "Okay. Listen closly." (TO BE CONTINUED......)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    &upsilon

    &Upsilon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    BlazeClan

    A big hollowed out rock covered in moss sits to the side of the camp. A small stream trickles through cracks on the side,falling into a scoop in the ground. In the back, there are weathered rocks that are perfect for storing herbs. ~Medicine Den~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Blackstar

    So heres it!!! You ( if you can) have to come on at least 4 times aweek. And you have to avertize sometimes. If im not here you can tell other cats the can join. You can give apprentices when im not on. And im going away for the summer and i will not beable to post much. I will be putting you incharge here and if you could.......please keep my other clan safe. ( dont tell anyone but im one of bloodclans warriors and scourge is going in depression!! You can help at blocked if you want you dont have to) anyways we are moveing to hahaha later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

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