Beyond Recognition

A True Story of Service, Dedication and Betrayal

Non-Fiction - Memoir
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Beyond Recognition: A True Story of Service, Dedication and Betrayal by Ron Corbin is a memoir that explores jealousy and betrayal, and one man’s struggle against false accusations and how he overcomes them. Ronald Corbin served as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Now, he is a helicopter pilot for the Los Angeles Police. When his trainee is killed in an aircraft accident, Ron experiences the nightmare of his life as the post-accident investigations get manipulated, with missing evidence from the crime scene, scheming, and blatant jealousy standing in the way of truth. All corporate and city lawyers are in for the big kill and can Ronald get out of the fray unharmed? Read on to discover how he faces this incredible injustice and the threat to everything he’s believed in and worked for.

Here is a story of betrayal, but one that is filled with wonderful love and friendship and a deep sense of service. From the dedication, I knew I’d love this author and I wasn’t mistaken, and even if he says he’s been afraid of failure and that he isn’t a good writer, this memoir showcases his writing skills in powerful ways. The author offers moving recollections of what it is like to serve as a pilot and readers get beautiful glimpses of Vietnam. I enjoyed the relationship between the protagonist and his trainee, and the dialogues that are sprinkled throughout the narrative. The conflict is what drives the story and it is masterfully explored; it shows readers how far jealousy can go. Beyond Recognition: A True Story of Service, Dedication and Betrayal by Ron Corbin is a gripping memoir and it is hard not to think of it as fiction. The episodes in the author’s life will offer great insights and lessons to readers about facing the tough challenges that life throws at us, including mean and cruel persons who’d rather see us crushed than treated justly.

Al Cook

Beyond Recognition is a good read. Ron describes his life as a combat helicopter pilot making the transition to the LAPD. I read the book for the second time last year.