Lions of the Sky

Lions of the Sky

by Paco Chierici

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Overview

In the world of fighter pilots, the most alpha of the alpha, competition is everything and the stakes are impossibly high. A Top Gun for the new millennium, LIONS OF THE SKY propels us into a realm in which friendship, loyalty, and skill are tested, battles won and lost in an instant, and lives irrevocably changed in the time it takes to plug in your afterburners.

Sam Richardson is a fighter pilot’s pilot, a reluctant legend with a gut-eating secret. He is in the last span of his tour as an instructor, yearning to get back to the real action of the Fleet, when he is ordered to take on one last class—a class that will force him to confront his carefully quarantined demons.

Brash, carefree, and naturally gifted, Keely Silvers is the embodiment of all that grates on him. After years of single-minded dedication, she and her classmates can see the finish line. They are months away from achieving their life-long dream, flying Navy F/A-18 fighters. They are smart and hard-working, but they’re just kids with expensive new toys. They’re eager to rush through training and escape to the freedom of the world beyond, a world they view as a playground full of fast jets and exotic locales.

But Sam knows there is a darker side to the profession he loves. There is trouble brewing in the East with global implications. If they make it past him they will be cast into a dangerous world where enemy planes cruise the skies over the South China Sea like sharks, loaded with real weapons and hidden intentions.

Early Praise for Lions of the Sky

Paco Chierici has written a humdinger of a book. Through vividly drawn characters, he takes us inside a Navy fighter squadron showing their incredibly difficult day to day lives, including the obstacles women still face in this tight knit community....a terrific window into a world very few people see.—The Honorable Ray Mabus, 75th United States Secretary of the Navy

Francesco “Paco” Chierici made flying some of the U.S. Navy’s most treacherous fighters look easy. But it’s his deep and lasting infatuation with that deadly aerial artistry — and his ability to describe it so accurately and vividly – that set him apart as an aviator, a documentary film producer, and writer. Paco’s eye for detail, salty irreverence, and skill as both an aviator and a writer, make this fictional work very real. Strap in for an unforgettable ride.— Dave Hirschman, Author of Hijacked – The True Story of the Heroes of Flight 705, and AOPA Pilot Editor at Large

Paco is one of the best pilots I know, and a damn good storyteller. Lions of the Sky is gripping, fast paced, and authentic. If you want a real, edge of the envelope thriller, look no further!— Brandon Webb former Navy SEAL, pilot and New York Times Bestselling author.

An experienced fighter pilot, Paco Chierici knows what he’s writing about here. Fans of military fiction, strap into your favorite ejection seat and get ready for a high speed, G-pulling, missile-shooting thrill ride.”— Ward Carroll, author of Punk’s War, Punk’s Wing, and Punk’s Fight

Paco Chierici’s debut novel is an unforgettable story of pride, lust, loss, betrayal and redemption...set today in a carrier-based fighter squadron in combat. Timely and gripping, Lions of the Sky is an exciting supersonic techno-thriller with well-written g-spikes of human drama that kept me turning the pages. Strap in and arm your seat!— Kevin Miller, bestselling author of the ‘Raven One’ trilogy

A high-octane blend of seawater, adrenaline, and human drama. LIONS OF THE SKY comes off the deck with afterburners roaring and never lets up.— Jeff Edwards, bestselling author of ‘Sea of Shadows’ and ‘Steel Wind’

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640620674
Publisher: Francesco Chierici
Publication date: 03/08/2019
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 157,754
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

During his ten year active duty career in the U.S. Navy, Francesco "Paco" Chierici flew A-6 Intruders and F-14 Tomcats, deployed to conflict zones from Somalia to Iraq, and was stationed aboard carriers including the USS Ranger, Lincoln, and Kitty Hawk. Unwilling to give up dogfighting, he flew the F-5 Tiger II in the Navy Reserves for a further ten years as a Bandit, concurrent with his employment as a commercial pilot. Throughout his military career, Paco accumulated nearly 3,000 tactical hours, 400 carrier landings, a Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, and three Strike/Flight Air Medals.
Currently a 737 captain, Paco can also be found still getting his dogfighting fix in the skies above Northern California flying a Yak-50 with a group of likeminded G-hounds.
Prior to Lions of the Sky, Paco published extensively in Aviation Classics Magazine, AOPA Magazine, and Fighter Sweep, as well as creating and producing the award-winning naval aviation documentary Speed and Angels.
He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Book One - The Gladiators - 1

Chapter 1 14 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Chapter 2 15 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Chapter 3 18 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Chapter 4 20 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Chapter 5 23 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Chapter 6 19 November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Chapter 7 20 November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Chapter 8 22 November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Chapter 9 06 January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Chapter 10 12 January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Chapter 11 16 January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Chapter 12 21 January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Chapter 13 28 February . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Chapter 14 10 April . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Chapter 15 04 June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Chapter 16 15 June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Chapter 17 02 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Chapter 18 03 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Chapter 19 08 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Chapter 20 13 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Chapter 21 16 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Book Two - The Blacklions - 169

Chapter 1 18 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Chapter 2 19 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Chapter 3 30 July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

Chapter 4 03 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

Chapter 5 05 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206

Chapter 6 07 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

Chapter 7 08 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218

Chapter 8 09 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271

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Lions of the Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
literarymuseVC 14 days ago
Being a Top Gun fighter pilot is not for the timid. It’s fiercely difficult; that’s why these men and women are being tested and trained to be fighter pilots are going through real and simulated scenarios. The action of lack of action can mean instant injury and/or death. Enter the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet and feel the force of gravity on take-off. This team are not loners; they’re highly dependent on each other for survival. Sam Richardson is the leader. Sam’s dealing with a problem; he’s got two females in this latest division. He had become close to a former female pilot who died in an airplane crash. The questions haunting Sam are did she cause the pilot error and was it because she was a weaker female pilot? Sam has to unlearn that error in thinking because it so severely affects the current women being trained to fly in battle missions. There are nail-biting scenes galore that are truly thrilling adventures that are so enjoyable. Also one experiences many drinking sessions, sharing of meals, sharing of training – supportive and challenging, sad moments at funerals, gifting of hilarious and serious nicknames, on-shore leaves for officers and trainees, etc. I absolutely loved this novel and learned so much during it. The author is a real pilot with over 20 years of experience. The conflict these men and women are getting ready for is a death-dealing one in the South China Sea where China is preparing to do battle with Taiwan and the Philippines over a slew of islands. Not a training session – Paco Chierici knows how to depict the real deal! Highly recommended historical fiction of the 21st century!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is a fun, and easy read. The author does a wonderful job of bringing you into the training of the Rhino pilot. You do not have to be an expert on Naval Aviation, or the Military to understand what is going on. The primary story is one that any reader can easily identify with.