Essential Reading for Airline Pilots and Those Interested in Flying!
PILOTS OF THE LINE,
ON BEING AN AIRLINE PILOT BEFORE AND SINCE 9-11-2001
Author: Sky Masterson
Book Review By, JR Hafer, aviation writer
Pilots of the line; on being an airline pilot before and since 9-11-2001, by Sky Masterson is a most unique book. It’s by a commercial airline pilot with over 20,000 flying hours and certainly knows his subject well. He says it so well, I can quote him best: “Pilots of the line will allow you to understand the inescapable yearnings of aspiring aviators, born with the desire to begin the long and sometimes arduous path to becoming an airline captain.”
Have you ever read a book that you never wanted to end, and wanted to climb into the story and bathe in the ambiance of the fascinating quality of the author’s prose? Perhaps only those who have immersed themselves into Fleming, Hemmingway, Gardner, or even John Steinbeck can come close to understanding from whence I speak. This guy is that good!
Although this book is a compilation of tales and insights of an airline pilot I can see where a full length book with a well thought out story line would be a best seller. With the time he has to think about things as he wings his way from place to place in those super jet liners, Perhaps he could create a character like James Bond, or Colon Pierce, if so there’s no doubt in my mind with his innate writing talent it would score big! You can quote me on that one!
“On the ground a Pilot is Just Another Fish Out of Water” Is one of Sky’s chapter headings. It starts out thusly: “Midnight, and I drag deeply on the Canadian cigarette, above, the stars glisten and the street traffic diminishes”… Sound like Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer doesn’t it? Another Chapter is entitled: “Our Love of Flight is but a Thorny Rose”
“A wicked specter floats among us as we drone through the night sky.” If I close my eyes as someone reads that line to me; John Steinbeck come to mind. Ok, you may think I’m laying it on a bit thick. But truly I’m not! The caliber of writer this author really is you will have to read him and make your own determination. I recommend you do just that very thing by getting this book: Pilots of the Line by, Sky Masterson.
Sky Masterson Also has written another book entitled Destination Tempest A Mountain Pilot’s Tale which I plan to read and review soon. I will be writing a review on it soon so watch for it soon to come. This author writes for several aviation magazines as well. Pilots of the line, a book that will give you much enjoyment, I recommend this book make sure you buy it and tell your friends about this talented great writer: Sky Masterson.
Book Review by, JR Hafer aviation writer JRHaferAviationBlog.com
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If flying "the metal" is your thing; if your heart skips a beat with every tiny whiff of jet fuel; if the thundering roar of a distant airliner brings thoughts of another time, another place, a mere 35,000 feet above... Let Sky take you there.
Pilots of the Line is "more than a well-written compilation of flight tales, Masterson offers unique insight into the human condition. Ultimate freedom and profound loneliness are juxtaposed throughout, clothing readers with the author's sense of contentedness, yet keeping them keenly aware of their own mortality. The tales are invigorating and fresh, and Masterson offers an earnest challenge to reader complacency."--American Literary Press
What they are saying about Sky Masterson:
"Masterson quickly plunges readers into a jet plane's cockpit and whisks them into a world of both wonder and ennui. His breath-taking descriptions paint a sky seen by few, while his observations on life and the perceived insignificance of man are quite poignant."--American Literary Press
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2009 Book of the Year Award for Literary Excellence in the category of Thriller Fiction by Books and Authors.net
Pilots of the Line:
2006 Awarded the prestigious Publisher's Choice, Reader's Choice and Editor's Choice designation for quality writing.
2004 DIY Book Festival award winner in the Anthologies/Compilations category. Among other things, submissions were judged based on "General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story."
3rd place winner (out of 77 entries) for "seamless and can't-put-it-down prose" in the Creative Nonfiction contest category for the story, "Tuesday With Catillano," Byline Magazine August, 2004.
Sky Masterson, Tales from the Sky columnist and writer bio
My professional flying experience began while flying turboprops in the Southwest and in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in the 1980's, then onto the Pacific and Asia with a major carrier. Now I am based in the Northeastern part of the United States as a captain for a major airline on the Boeing 737NG. Most of my writing deals in the human element of flying for a living--what it "means" to fly an airliner.
Airways magazine, a global review of commercial flight, has been voted "The world's favorite civil aviation magazine," by the readers of www.airliners.net. Besides comprehensive articles on airline developments and accurate historical essays on vintage aircraft and airlines, Sky Masterson brings forth the human element to airliner flying. The discriminating aviation connoisseur can always find Airways at most quality booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Borders books, or online at: www.airwaysmag.com.