V1-ROTATE: An action novel about airplanes and the people who fly them

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AuthorHouse, Oct 12, 2006 - Fiction - 308 pages
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“Gateway 329 heavy, you’re cleared into position runway 30, cleared for takeoff.”  “Roger Tower, 329 heavy is rolling.”  As Captain Michael McGraw maneuvered the heavy jet into position on the runway and advanced the throttles, the aircraft began its headlong dash into the sky. First Officer Ryan Starnes reported “Airspeed alive 60 knots,” As the aircraft continued to accelerate along the narrow runway, Ryan continued to call out the speeds until they reached, “V-1 and then VR rotate speed.  With deft backpressure applied to the control yoke by the able captain, the heavy jet rose gracefully into the sky.


First officer Ryan Starnes began his maiden flight for Gateway International Airlines some months earlier with the “tough as nails” Captain Michael McGraw. If his luck of the draw wasn’t bad enough, he also had to deal with a menacing storm brewing. Ryan had heard many rumors as to what to expect from the notorious Capt. McGraw; he would learn that most were true.


Years ago, paths crossed and left deep imprints in their lives. Explore the intimate details of the lives of two very strong willed and stubborn men.  Antagonists, united by their chosen profession, bonded by a fateful event, the secrets that lurk beneath the surface will undoubtedly change their lives.  Share their adventures, their loves and challenges in the world of aviation.  Meet Connie, the poised, sophisticated, sensuous woman whose mistake early in life had a profound effect on the lives of both men.  Get to know the lovely Melissa.  So incredibly beautiful that most men treated her like a rare china doll.  Melissa shared their love of flying, but made it her personal rule never to date pilots.  That is until she met Ryan. Ryan definitely had a way with the women. Somehow he knew from the first time he met her that Melissa was different.


Read about the deceptions, the intrigue, the sexual trysts and the fast-paced lives of the crews of Gateway International Airlines  


Deliciously captivating, a must read!


Statement of fact: This is an original work of fiction by the author. Any similarity, likeness, or resemblance to any person or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. All rights reserved. First copyright January 2006



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR To The reader, The author's long time love affair with airplanes and flying should be obvious. At the young age of twelve, he was employed as a "Ramp Rat." His duties included servicing, parking, washing and waxing airplanes. All of his wages went into flying lessons and he soloed a PA11 Super Cub on his sixteenth birthday. Upon graduation from high school he joined the Army and had a twenty-year military career, first as an enlisted artilleryman then to Officer Candidate School where upon graduation he received a commission as a 2LT and soon thereafter achieved his dream of becoming a military pilot. He attended flight school at Gary AFB and later Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His first flying assignment after flight school was in Korea as an artillery observation pilot and general's aid. In Vietnam he flew with a combat assault helicopter company, flying the venerable UH-1-H "Huey" lift ship, but that's another story. He retired from the military with the rank of LTC at the age of thirty-eight. He tried his hand at other business, but was always drawn back To The aviation profession because of his love for flying. it seemed natural that his first book of fiction would be about flying And The interesting people involved.

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