The Colonel's Ladyby A. Robert Hill
The Colonel's Lady is the story of an Air Force fighter pilot who became an ace during the Korean War. He returned home to find his high school and college friends married and as a returning veteran finds he is about as popular as a quarterback who threw an interception in a play-off game. Because of his love for flying, he stayed in the Air Force and by an act of the CIA and his commanding officer, he is introduced to a beautiful Russian girl in Arizona. He is ordered to fly her to Alaska where the NVKD, Russian Secret Service, will pick her up in exchange for a captured CIA agent. He thinks she is just another broad. She thinks he is just another cocky fighter pilot and turns a cold shoulder to him until they are forced down in the wilds of Canada. After their return to civilization, she is sent back to Russia and to an insane NVKD colonel who is threatening her family. He takes a job with a civilian airline. After flying over the world in jet passenger planes, and taking many women, the memory of this girl cannot be suppressed. When the CAB opens Russia for commercial airlines, he is assigned to the first jet service into Moscow, where with a breaking in the Cold War, Russian newspapers carry pictures of their inaugural flight and she sees his handsome face once again.
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The Colonel's Lady is an excellent story which puts you in the pilot's seat and draws you into the mind of Ed Mann, an Air Force pilot who leads an extraordinary life. Not only is this a good love story, it also is an excellent look at the introduction of large jet airplanes into the commercial aviation industry. Hill draws you into the setting so well that you can actually feel Mann's excitement at the tremendous capabilities that the groundbreaking machines had to offer. In terms of the romance of the book, Hill manages to compile a story that is passionate, without resorting to smutty description. While Mann obviously has normal human desires and makes mistakes, you can still see the nobility of his character shining through. While I am not usually a fan of romance novels, I found this one very tasteful, well written, and containing enough twists and description to keep anyone captivated, regardless of literary preference.
Colonel Ed Mann comes to life in 'The Colonel's Lady'. A. Robert Hill draws on his own experiences in the Korean Conflict to build an exciting novel that kept me glued until the last spellbinding words! Not only is this a good read, but it is a thought provoking book. The U. S. Air Force spent money to hone the hero into a flying ace who because of his love for a woman who defected from Communist Russia, quit his vocation so he could live a life with his lover. The question still comes to mind--did Ed make the right decision? Without his woman could he have made a greater contribution to avaition? Did he have the right to give up his advocation for a life of marriage fulfillment? Then I realized that avaition is rather fickled. The flyer develops into a machine that can be destroyed with one wrong movement of a lever or pedal. Perhaps after a war and a career in aviation industry, Ed deserved to live out his life in marriage bliss. After you read this well constructed story, see what you think. This novel is truly a tribute to the men who flew the planes over Korea to return home to civilians who didn't give a damn for the sacrifices the heroes gave!