Kardon’s narrative is both thoughtful and gripping. She vividly portrays the fine line between respect and familiarity that women in nontraditional roles must walk to do their jobs well in the face of sexual harassment on one hand and antagonistic resistance on the other. Tris is an appealing and relatable character who struggles to keep both her self-respect and her ambition intact while negotiating the slippery morality of the corporate world.
-- Kirkus Reviews
Kardon creates a relatable heroine in Tris, a character who, along with her grit and determination to succeed, displays a range of authentic emotions and vulnerabilities...[I]nterpersonal conflicts and the heroine's clear aspirations result in a satisfying narrative arc.
The BookLife Prize
Tris Miles is a heroine for our times. Set in the late 1990s, Flygirl by R.D. Kardon examines one tenacious woman’s struggle to survive in a vocation dominated by men who want nothing more than to see her fail. Readers will fall in love with Tris, who is a force to be reckoned with. Based on Kardon’s own experiences as a female pilot, Flygirl is written with both authenticity and heart.
— T. Greenwood, author of Rust & Stardust, Where I Lost Her, and Two Rivers
In R.D. Kardon’s debut novel, she has created an inspirational character in Tris Miles. Flygirl is vivid, energetic, and fast-paced. It is a story about striving to reach for your goals despite astronomical odds.
— Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat and The Silver Shoes
The phenomenal debut novel from R.D. Kardon buckles you in for a nonstop flight of secrets and backstabbing. Kardon’s prose and dialogue give life to honest characters with true emotional depth.
— Mikel J. Wilson, author of Murder on the Lake of Fire and Death Opens a Window
Flygirl is an astounding peek behind the scenes of pilot life. You’ll have to fasten your seat belt when you read this riveting story, as Tris Miles captivates and lifts you high above ground.
— E.P. Sery, author of The Scent of Heat
A fantastic read! This book and the scenarios R.D. Kardon places before us fascinated me. I felt I sat in the cockpit as a silent observer, a part of the tension. This book portrays challenges woman still face today.
— Lois Letchford, author of Reversed: A Memoir