Vengeance Flight

Fiction - Military
252 Pages
Reviewed on 08/14/2023
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Lt. Jack “Rattler” Owen’s transition from flying an E-2C Hawkeye to a F/A-18C Hornet was a dream come true. It had always been his ambition to be a fighter pilot. Bound for deployment on the USS Stennis (an aircraft carrier), Rattler had his future planned for when he had completed his stint. He would get a promotion and spend more time with his girlfriend Sandy. Or so he thought. However, Rattler’s life took a sharp turn after he narrowly survived death while on a mission in Afghanistan. He later learned that he had been a primary target for an organization called Princeps Novus − a powerful group of men waging war on the world and stirring chaos within the US military for profit. Jack had unknowingly thwarted their plans earlier on in his career and they had been after his blood ever since. Now in the hands of the “good guys” and his name a mere memory to the rest of the world, with Sandy now a victim of his past, and nothing left to lose, Rattler will stop at nothing to eliminate the Princeps Novus. Find out how it all develops in T. R. Matson’s Vengeance Flight.

If you love slow-burn military thriller novels with a touch of conspiracy and action, T. R. Matson’s Vengeance Flight will have you hooked, flipping through page after page. Featuring an array of operatives, pilots, and moles, Matson laces the plot with a compelling taste of romance, love, greed, power, money, secrets, vengeance, and sacrifice. Matson’s attention to detail introduced me to the daily life of a Navy pilot. The vivid descriptions had me feeling as if I was right there next to the role-players watching the scenes unfold. One moment I was watching Rattler and Sandy attend a squadron party or eavesdropping on Rattler and Maestro’s nostalgic conversations in their bunker. The next thing I knew I was aboard a Hornet fighter staring in horror as one of Rattler’s squadron mate’s engines malfunctioned in the air and he quickly lost altitude. The use of introspection and the profound emotional depth in the storyline allowed me to connect with the protagonists. Rattler is a savvy, shrewd, daring, big-hearted character with a strong moral compass you can’t help but love.