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Lions of the Sky

Narrated by: Flynn Earl Jones
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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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)  

"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 best-selling author)  

"I was BLOWN away! Paco put me right back in the cockpit and the Ready Room. Lions of the Sky is intense, and personal, and thrilling, especially the ending. A must read!" (Lea Gabrielle, journalist and F/A-18 Naval Aviator)  

"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)  

"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, best-selling 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, best-selling author of Sea of Shadows and Steel Wind)

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Hope there's a sequel / prequel!

Awesome story and narration, Couldn't wait for the commute to work to listen to the next chapter! Thanks!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-2020

Fight's on!

A FANTASTIC first novel from an Aviator who's been there, done that, and got the sweat-stained t-shirt. This is an engaging novel about a class of Nuggets and their instructors...that moves into Fleet action soon after they graduate. I'll skip any spoilers and just say that if you're a fan of realistic, modern Combat Aviation tales, this is a must buy. The main characters are believable, flawed, and human. This is CRUCIAL for a successful novel of this type. Too many stories have cookie-cutter heroes and mustache-twirling villains. The plot is slowly built up with succinct chapters on the "how and why" of the conflict looming in the background. Not really necessary to advance the plot of the Squadron, but makes it much more believable...and I appreciated it. Too many works like this just point and the enemy and say "this is a bad guy, go shoot him" and leave it at that. I switched between listening and reading this title, with most of my time spent on the Audiobook. The narration is perfect. Flynn Earl Jones (the son of Vader himself) provides enough inflection to each character to bring them to life without turning it into a caricature. While I had no trouble understanding the jargon (I'm a flight-sim geek), the Author didn't go overboard like some tend to do. No pages long description of the AN/APG-79 acquisition modes or the correct single-engine procedure on a Rhino. Just enough to keep the story moving and not get bogged down. Although at one point during the climax I was wondering why they didn't use the Helmet-mounted system and and AIM-9X off boresight capability... :) Bottom line, if you're a fan of this genre, buy it. And look out for more works from Paco Chierici...I have a feeling he's just getting started.

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  • MrsMoto
  • 31-08-2020

slow reading if a mixed up story

who are these characters and how can anyone like them? flip flop flip flop! take a stand and stand by it!

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  • Shanti
  • 05-08-2020

This book had my mind soaring!

Although there were some parts that had some logic and math that i couldn't quite understand, the book overall was well written and I enjoyed the twists and turns that the characters went through along their journey both on the ground and in the air. I liked how tense and intriguing the story became over time, and I really liked the ending. The narrator did an excellent job portraying each character and their personalities as they went through several turns of events. Each of them had their own story and unique personality that was read and played out well. Flynn definitely inherited the acting talent from his family. I'm sure that many of us, including myself, are eager to hear more(and maybe -- if he makes the choice -- to see him in a project someday. It fits him well.) Well done.

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  • Eric Walden
  • 28-05-2020

Not what I was looking for

The technical aspects of flying were interesting but the story was contrived. The readers performance was also flat and his voice impressions especially the women were pretty ridiculous.

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  • Michelle
  • 09-05-2020

Fast and Furious at Mach 1

Great read. If you ever dreamed of being a Naval fighter pilot this book puts you right in the seat. Lots of twists and high G turns from the first page to the last.