Stormjammers

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When the U.S. went to war in Iraq during the first Gulf War, Robert Stanek was there. He lived and breathed combat from the opening days of the war to its end and beyond. In this book, this bestselling author chronicles the military life, his experiences in the war with vivid accounts of combat training before the war, reflections on life, family, duty, honor, and love, and remembrances of combat missions into the heart of Baghdad. Candid and fast-paced like the best combat memoirs, Stanek focuses on the men and ...
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Overview

When the U.S. went to war in Iraq during the first Gulf War, Robert Stanek was there. He lived and breathed combat from the opening days of the war to its end and beyond. In this book, this bestselling author chronicles the military life, his experiences in the war with vivid accounts of combat training before the war, reflections on life, family, duty, honor, and love, and remembrances of combat missions into the heart of Baghdad. Candid and fast-paced like the best combat memoirs, Stanek focuses on the men and women he flew with, telling their stories as well as his own and creating what is ultimately an inspiring and uplifting story of the human spirit challenged by the agony and terror of war. Based on the inspiring true story, this is the only book about electronic warfare operations in Iraq written by a military flyer who was there. Robert Stanek's experiences in the Gulf War changed his life and helped drive his successful career as a writer and entrepreneur. To date, he has written and had published over 50 books. His books are sold all over the world and have been translated into many languages. His distinguished accomplishments during the Gulf War earned him nine medals, including our nation's highest flying honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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The Journal of Electronic Defense
EC-130s have participated in every significant combat operation US forces have been involved in for nearly two decades. Now, thanks to this book by former Compass Call "crew dog" Robert Stanek, readers can ride along with Stanek and his Grey Lady Compass Call crew during 32 combat missions from January to March 1991, during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
Based on the author's daily dairy, Stormjammers: The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War, published in 2006, allows the reader to experience the hours of boredom punctuated with moments of terror that are typical of combat flying. Although many of the stories are somewhat repetitive, this is what Compass Call life is like, and the book quickly becomes hard to put down. Even though the reader can anticipate what a mission will be like, the tedium gives over to an adrenalin rush of anticipation when things begin to happen. It is impossible not to share the relief and pride of the individual crew members when the attack missions they protect exit Iraq safely because the Iraqi air defense command and control nets were completely defeated by Compass Call's powerful, targeted jamming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575450834
  • Publisher: Reagent Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2006
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 558,574
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

In spring 2002, Robert Stanek's first books, Keeper Martin's Tale and Elf Queen's Quest, appeared on bookshelves and become instant bestsellers, spending a combined 26 weeks on the Amazon.com Sci-Fi/Fantasy Top 50 list. These stories introduced readers to the fantasy world of Ruin Mist. The name "Ruin Mist" is the common language translation of an elvish word, which means "the lost ages". The stories of Ruin Mist are set in a fictional past of our world.

The popularity of the Ruin Mist books built up through the release of the subsequent books. Readers were taken with the magical realms, the grand adventures, and the combination of classic fantasy elements with a fresh, highly imaginative approach. In spring 2005, Robert Stanek's books were first published in audio and became instant audio bestsellers, spending more than 52 weeks on Audible.com's bestseller lists. In 2005, his book, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, eventually became one of the Top 100 all-time fiction bestsellers on Audible.com. The book was so popular, it was featured on the Audible.com home page throughout July and August 2005.

It's been a fairly open secret that Robert Stanek is the name of the more familiar bestselling author William Stanek. The main reason for using Robert Stanek for fiction and William Stanek for nonfiction was the astounding pace at which William Stanek produces books. With nearly 50 published books to his credit by 2002, he had many upcoming books waiting to be released by his current publishers, and was creating more and more fiction as a creative outlet to balance his work in nonfiction.

"I wanted to find audiences for both my nonfiction and my fiction. I love writing nonfiction works that help people learn how to do new things, but I also love writing fiction works that open new doorways to the imagination," explains Mr. Stanek. "The Ruin Mist books have been a part of who I am since I started them in the 1980s and they allowed me to create a magical realm with many levels of reality. I was overjoyed that I finally could share the realm and the books with others."

The Ruin Mist books have afforded Mr. Stanek an opportunity to explore relationships, family stories, epic sagas, myths, legends, and more. His books have been popular with fans both young and old.
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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    100% Recommended

    I loved this book, I could not put this book down. He does a great job of conveying what he was thinking and why. It's a thoughtful and insightful piece. Buy it, you will love it. Expertly written, and easy to follow (even for a former grunt). A definite must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    An up-close and personal view of life as a military flyer

    Stormjammers is a first-person story about a young military flyer who heads off to uncertainty in the war in Iraq. Robert Stanek, a combat flyer in the Air Force, has created a detailed chronicle of his journey as a military flyer from the summer of 1990 (during the build up in Iraq) to the end of the war and beyond. It is his story, well cataloged and genuine. There is raw honesty throughout this book. It says much about the man, Robert Stanek. It tells about the Air Force. It describes the anguish, anxiety, thrill and sense of conquest that take place in any war as seen through the eyes of one who is fighting the fight. This book is deeply personal, thoughtfully self-reflective. Stanek isn't embarrassed to reveal frequent self analyzing or periodic self doubt. It is clear from this story about one's personal journey through war that Stanek is not afraid to openly describe his anxieties, fears, and self questioning. In some respects Stormjammers demythologizes electronic warfare, somewhat piercing the veil of secrecy. Yet, in doing so Stanek makes combat flyers more real, more human without detracting from the sense of majesty: planes taking flight, planes in the air, planes in action. In other respects Stormjammers is about one man's journey through the agony of war. War has many faces and many types of struggles, this journey is shared with other men and women for whom Stanek has great admiration, care, and concern. The details laid out on this journey are elaborate, often demanding the reader's fullest attention. Things often move fast, and one has to pay careful attention so as not to lose the gist of what is taking place or what has taken place. The frenzy at times makes one feel like they're right in the middle of the combat. This book reveals courage, commitment, duty and honor in the worst of circumstances. I came away from this book wondering to myself if I could have done it. I'd like to think I could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Gripping personal account

    Robert Stanek's Stormjammers: The Untold Story of Electronic Warfare in the Persian Gulf War is outstanding in its scope and to its well-written execution-qualities that are all too rare in most accounts of personal experience in war. Most gripping is Stanek's ability to portray the larger scope of electronic warfare and his ability to delve deep personal emotions and provide raw details of the conflicts and struggles facing himself and everyone he flew with. The book details Stanek's return to his homebase in Germany after joint exercises in the mainland U.S and his service through multiple tours in Iraq. In its scope, it is an important important story of a different kind of warfare (e-warfare) and an important combat memoir, as such, the book ranks with Nathaniel Fick's One Bullet Away The Making of A Marine Officer, but this isn't a story of boots on the ground. It is the story of combat from the air, and more closely to James Bradley's Flyboys it explores a hidden part of the Persian Gulf War and the true stories of those who were there. As with those books, readers are immediately drawn into the story as Stanek recounts life in the pre-Gulf War Air Force, and the intensity and focus of life during the Gulf War. Through his account, the reader understands the spirit of the men and women who serve in our armed forces. At times, this means a healthy suspicion of everything, cynicism, and sometimes gallows humor. More significantly, Stanek imparts to the reader a comprehension of life among combat air patrol, where teamwork is essenital and stress often runs high. He and those he served with are the best of their generation. They possess a patriotism and a strong sense of duty that is rare. The book is equally well executed. Stanek writes with great skill, and so the reader has the acute sense of uncertainty about the initial deployments and operations, the horrors waiting for the combat crew as they make their way to the combat zone, and elation at the end of a successful mission. Stanek recounts events in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and beyond. Reading the book, you can feel the anxiety, the tension, the fear of chemical weapons, the camaraderie of the crewers, and ultimately, how people react to the stress and horros of war as they happen and after the conflict ends. The book should be read by those who want to understand military life, air combat, or electronic warfare.

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