The Last Pilot: A Novel

by Benjamin Johncock | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1250066646 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingResQgeekwing of Alexandria, Virginia USA on 1/6/2016
Buy from one of these Booksellers:
Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT | Bol.com
This book is in the wild! This Book is Currently in the Wild!
3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingResQgeekwing from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Wednesday, January 06, 2016
A wish list book received as a birthday gift!

Journal Entry 2 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, January 28, 2016
This is an emotionally searing story of love and loss set against the exciting background of the record setting experimental flight programs in the California desert in the early days of the Cold War and the race to the moon. Jim Harrison is an Air Force test pilot, pushing the boundaries of flight as one of the brave cadre striving to go higher and faster than anyone has gone before. When his infertile wife suddenly, miraculously finds herself pregnant, he passes up an opportunity to be one of America’s first astronauts for the challenges of fatherhood. But then tragedy strikes and the aftermath will haunt him as he pushes himself mercilessly in his career, eventually joining the astronaut corps, seeking escape in space.

This story is filled with glimpses inside the world of experimental aircraft testing and the early days of the space program, but is, at its core, fundamentally a story about relationships. These are flawed characters struggling to come to terms with events that they have little control over, and the reader is drawn into the emotional complexity along with the characters. The writing is sparse but compelling, and at one point I had to set the book down when I started crying. The central tragedy here touched me close to my own heart, and I physically felt Harrison’s pain.

This is an incredibly well written book that explores the power of love and loss in life, and the various ways people find to cope with these emotions in their lives. An absolutely beautiful story, well told and conveying a wealth of emotion.

Journal Entry 3 by wingResQgeekwing at Washington, District of Columbia USA on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (1/31/2016 UTC) at Washington, District of Columbia USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Available at today's local BC meeting

Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, January 31, 2016
I selected this book today at the BCinDC meet-up at Soho Tea & Coffee (not too far from Dupont Circle) in Washington, DC. Thank you so much for this book!

I think my husband would like this book so I'm tossing it into his TBR pile now.

Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 16, 2016
My husband just started reading this book and is not enjoying it so far. We'll see what happens.

Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 16, 2016
My husband is not going to read this book. He says, "I don't like the way it's written."

I'm releasing this book for the following BookCrossing challenge:

***The October 2017 TICK TOCK Release Challenge hosted by DragonGoddess. This book has the word LAST in the title.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 8 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, November 03, 2017
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere...

Journal Entry 9 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA on Saturday, November 04, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (11/4/2017 UTC) at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I'm releasing this book at a meeting of BCinDC, my local BookCrossing group, in memory of Mary Zee who founded the OBCZ (official BookCrossing Zone) at Birdie's Cafe. Rest in peace, dear friend.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

I'm releasing this book for the following BookCrossing challenge:

***The November 2017 The Release Challenge hosted by RockDg9.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Hello and welcome to BookCrossing ... where we make the whole world a library!

Now that you've "caught" this book, it is yours to do with as you like. Read it, keep it, or give it away. It's your choice!

I'd love if you'd enter a note here on BookCrossing about this book -- where you found it, how you like it, and/or where you release it. If you join BookCrossing (free and fun), kindly list me, SqueakyChu , or any other journaler on this thread as your referring person. Thank you so much.

Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 10 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, November 03, 2018
We swapped out the books on the OBCZ shelf at Birdie's, and this was one that I registered, so I took it to release elsewhere.

Released 1 yr ago (11/18/2018 UTC) at US Patent & Trademark Off. - Knox Bldg in Alexandria, Virginia USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

This book is available on the Book Exchange shelf in the pantry in room 9C68 of the Knox Building (USPTO employees and authorized visitors only - this area is not open to the general public).

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.