Black Star

Black Star

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by Robert Gandt
     
 

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Award-winning military author Robert Gandt's debut novel WITH HOSTILE INTENT was hailed as "a red-hot aerial shoot-em-up" by bestselling writer Stephen Coonts. Now Gandt's Navy pilot hero Brick Maxwell is again hurtling off the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, this time to prevent China from taking over Taiwan--and sparking a nuclear showdown.  See more details below

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Award-winning military author Robert Gandt's debut novel WITH HOSTILE INTENT was hailed as "a red-hot aerial shoot-em-up" by bestselling writer Stephen Coonts. Now Gandt's Navy pilot hero Brick Maxwell is again hurtling off the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, this time to prevent China from taking over Taiwan--and sparking a nuclear showdown.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044529687
Publisher:
Robert Gandt
Publication date:
05/11/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
125,690
File size:
989 KB

Meet the Author

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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Black Star 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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