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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Rotors in the Sand by Don Harvel is the true story of the investigation into a CV-22 Osprey accident in Afghanistan in 2010. Follow the investigation crew as they try to figure out why the Osprey fell from the sky, for no apparent reason. The aircraft was on a midnight mission to drop a group of Rangers near a target when the accident happened. More than 100 interviews were conducted by the investigation team as they tried to find out what went wrong. They scoured the aircraft wreckage, looking for answers. Was it a mechanical fault? Pilot error? Engine malfunction? Were the crew told to keep their mouths shut? This is the true story of one of the USAF's most controversial accident investigations, revealing truths and details about what caused the accident, the 16 survivors, and the four casualties.
Rotors in the Sand by Don Harvel is a stunning story, totally compelling reading, grabbing you from the first page. Many accident investigation stories are long, drawn-out affairs that you get lost in; this isn’t. This is concise and to the point, easy reading, and engaging, written in a way that anyone can follow and understand, military or otherwise. Truth is often hard to find, especially in situations like this, when you know that things are being covered up and true heroes are being thrown to the wolves, just to save a higher-up skin or two. This reads very much like a novel even though you know it is fact. It is a fascinating insight into what happened that fateful night and, more importantly, what happened afterward, and why the families of the fallen and the survivors have had to wait so long to find out what really happened. Great book. You’ll enjoy it whether you are interested in the military or not.