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For more than 30 years, Giora Even-Epstein flew fighters for the Israel Air Force, achieving recognition as a highly skilled military aviator and the highest-scoring jet-mounted ace with the most num­ber of confirmed victories in the French Mirage. Having overcome numerous hurdles just to learn how to fly, he went on to compile a record of Arab MiGs and Sukhoi kills that bettered any other combat aviators' tally in the entire world.

This fast-moving autobiography details his experiences particularly in the intense conflicts of 1967, the Six Day War, and 1973, the Yom Kippur War. The listener shares the cockpit with him as he describes every action he undertook with 101 and 105 Squadron, including the greatest jet-versus-jet air battle in history with four MiG-21 kills in one engagement. His final score was 17. After his last battle he became commander of the First Jet Squadron, 117, began civilian flying, retrained to command 254 MMR Squadron in the 1982 Lebanon War, and flew the F-16 at the age of 50 before retirement. His story is of one man's unfaltering dedication to his dreams and his country. As the leading jet ace it is one well worth telling and, critically, it can be told in his own words.

©2020 Giora Even-Epstein (P)2021 Tantor

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Fantastic story, average writing, bad narration

The story of a young man growing up on a kibbutz, and relentlessly striving to rise to Israel’s ace of aces. The story is very interesting both on the ground and in the air.
But the narrative jumps around in subject and time, and sometimes leaves the reader wondering what has happened several times.

For example there are two instances where aircraft crash (a Mig21 in combat and an F16 in training), the author relates that they just flew into the ground but there is no further explanation of these significant events.

The narration is seriously bad. The speed, intonation , and emotion are all confusing. The best way to describe it is like an automated station announcement on a train. I will avoid titles by this narrator in the future.

Overall the story is so good that if you have an interest in air combat and history I would still recommend the title, despite its flaws.

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  • Steven Smead
  • 26-05-2021

This book made him ten times cooler to me

I remember being a kid watching Dogfights on History Channel. Y'know, back when History Channel was good. Giora Epstein always stuck out to me. One day I decided to look up if he had an Autobiography. and he does, and it's awesome, and you should read it.

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  • M. Lawrence
  • 09-05-2021

Fantastic read, incredible and interesting life from the Israeli Ace of Aces.

This was a fantastic book, it really paints a detailed picture of General Epstein. From his ups and downs to realizing his dream of flying fighters. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in aviation, military history, or air combat.

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