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“Despite everything, I felt very lucky to have flown Corsairs. They were the best, you know, even though it took me sometime to realize this when so many friends died flying them.” (Colin Facer, Corsair pilot, HMS Illustrious) The Vought-Sikorsky Corsair was one of the most potent fighters of the Second World War. It was also one of the most flawed. Conceived by Rex Beisel, Vought’s Chief Designer in 1938, the US Navy condemned it as being too dangerous for carrier operations and refused to certify it safe for use at sea. With the British Aero Industry unable to build fighters with sufficient range and potency for carrier use, the Admiralty sought alternatives. With the Roosevelt's Lend Lease program in place, they could acquire weapons from American factories. In practice, this meant standing in line behind the US Navy, Marines, and Army for service, but it still opened up new opportunities to be exploited. So, with newly built Corsairs being stockpiled and the promise of an improved version on the way, the Royal Navy saw a opening worthy of development and exploited it. By the end of the war, the Fleet Air Arm had acquired more than 2,000 Corsairs to equip its squadrons. But the risks identified by the USN were largely ignored by the Royal Navy and far too many men and aircraft were lost in accidents as a result. Yet in the hands of experienced carrier pilots, its virtues were only too apparent and, in due course, they achieved great things. Eventually, the US Navy noted this “success” and certified the Corsair for use on their carriers too, but the aircraft never entirely lost its reputation as a “widow maker.” This book describes the Corsair’s development and tells the sad but inspiring story of the young men who struggled and suffered to make the Corsair a going concern in the most vicious unforgiving war one can imagine. To do this, the author met and corresponded with almost a hundred veterans from America, Britain, New Zealand and Canada. Their recollections made this book possible and through their vivid memories we can experience what it felt like to be barely of age, a civilian called to arms, and a fighter pilot.
This is the most poignant Vietnam War book I have read and without any selfbravado. It ranks up there with the famous WWI trench books. One could never again glorify war after reading this book. Hugo Trux, Marketing Director I half-heartedly picked up Widowmaker one day and was quickly immersed into one of the most riveting real life adventures I have ever read. The Honorable Jon Spahr, JD, Licking County Court, Ohio I reluctantly picked up Widowmaker one day and couldnt put it down. This is the best book I have ever read and believe it would make a great movie. Jim Shulman, PhD, CEO (retired) I usually dont have time to read novels; however, I picked up Widowmaker and completed reading it in eight hours. It has been extremely helpful in my practice with treating PTSD and is one of the best books I have ever read. Judith Box, MD, Psychiatrist I was 7 years old when my brother served in Vietnam. Thirty years later, he still has never spoken a word about Vietnam. After reading Widowmaker, I understood his silence. Drews book profoundly affected me and I have read it several times. Carol Bennett
In Paul Doiron's riveting novel Widowmaker, Game Warden Mike Bowditch is on the trail of a ruthless vigilante amid the snow-covered mountains of Maine When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past. She claims her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that Adam is the illegitimate son of Jack Bowditch, Mike’s dead and diabolical father—and the half-brother Mike never knew he had. After trying so hard to put his troubled past behind him, Mike is reluctant to revisit the wild country of his childhood and again confront his father’s history of violence. But Amber’s desperation and his own need to know the truth leads Mike on a desperate search for answers—one that takes him through a mountainous wilderness where the military guards a top-secret interrogation base, sexual predators live together in a backwoods colony, and self-styled vigilantes are willing to murder anyone they consider their enemies. Can Mike finally exorcise the demons of the past—or will the real-life demons of the present kill him first?
A beautiful Pit Chick with a reputation as a jinx; a rider with one last chance to prove himself; and an untried machine they call the "Widow-Maker." A terrible combination in the countdown to the start of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Dare you step beyond the barriers and join them?
John Romeo, a jet-setting, multimillionaire author/screenwriter, film producer and former LAPD homicide wiz is being begged to return to solve just one more big crime. If he does, his former partner, and longtime friend, Gerald Li won't stop until the job is done. A baffled LAPD struggles to solve the brutal murders of super-rich, super-famous married men, including one of the world's top golfers, a high-tech company founder, and a renowned mega-evangelist. They, and their lovers, are caught in 'the act', and murdered by blasts from a .44 magnum. The revenge of angry wives? Perhaps. Solution: Call John Romeo, a self-assured, 41 year-old, ex-LAPD homicide whiz, turned multi-millionaire author/screenwriter/criminology professor. Romeo has 'an eye for beauty and a nose for murder.' But the hunter becomes the hunted. Romeo may not survive this time, but he will not go down easy. And he will not go down alone."
Both a prequel and a sequel to Clive Cussler's first bestselling phenomenon, Raise the Titanic!, the new Isaac Bell novel is a thrilling action-adventure novel from the Sunday Times-bestselling author. A century apart, Dirk Pitt and Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about the most famous maritime disaster of all time.
Thrilling adventures of Marvel's deadliest superspy! Natasha's shadowy past once again threatens all she holds dear in a globe-hopping thriller! As the Black Widow's house of cards comes crashing down around her, what will she do to keep her deepest secret buried? When a senator is seduced and assassinated, why does the trail followed by his journalist son lead back to Natasha? Meanwhile, espionage agents around the world are being assassinated by an all-new Ronin! The next two targets: Black Widow and Mockingbird! But Hawkeye is determined to unmask the killer! Let the spy games begin! COLLECTING: BLACK WIDOW: DEADLY ORIGIN (2009) 1-4, BLACK WIDOW (2010) 1-8, WIDOWMAKER (2010) 1-4, FEAR ITSELF: BLACK WIDOW (2011) 1, BLACK WIDOW SAGA (2010) 1; MATERIAL FROM ENTER THE HEROIC AGE (2010) 1, IRON MAN: KISS AND KILL (2010) 1