Lions of the Sky


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$26.99  $25.10
Braveship Books
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6.0 X 0.81 X 9.0 inches | 1.29 pounds
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About the Author

During his ten year active duty career in the U.S. Navy, Francesco Paco Chierici flew A-6 Intruders and F-14 Tomcats, deployed to conflict zones from Somalia to Iraq, and was stationed aboard carriers including the USS Ranger, Lincoln, and Kitty Hawk. Unwilling to give up dogfighting, he flew the F-5 Tiger II in the Navy Reserves for a further ten years as a Bandit, concurrent with his employment as a commercial pilot. Throughout his military career, Paco accumulated nearly 3,000 tactical hours, 400 carrier landings, a Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, and three Strike/Flight Air Medals. Currently a 737 captain, Paco can also be found still getting his dogfighting fix in the skies above Northern California flying a Yak-50 with a group of likeminded G-hounds. Prior to Lions of the Sky, Paco published extensively in Aviation Classics Magazine, AOPA Magazine, and Fighter Sweep, as well as creating and producing the award-winning naval aviation documentary Speed and Angels. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.


Paco Chierici has written a humdinger of a book. Through vividly drawn characters, he takes us inside a Navy fighter squadron showing their incredibly difficult day to day lives, including the obstacles women still face in this tight knit community.

...a terrific window into a world very few people see.

--The Honorable Ray Mabus, 75th United States Secretary of the Navy

I was BLOWN away! Paco put me right back in the cockpit and the Ready Room. Lions of the Sky is intense, and personal, and thrilling, especially the ending. A must read!

-- Lea Gabrielle. Journalist and F/A-18 Naval Aviator

In this fast paced, riveting and suspenseful novel about superpower conflicts, Paco vividly depicts the heroism of Navy pilots from training to deployment. His strong story telling skills propel readers from zero to 450 knots in the very first few pages. Throughout, Paco presents a profound and dynamic view of the dangers of war and the challenges the Navy has in integrating women, fully, and equally into the most elite portion of our armed forces---Carrier Fighter Pilots. This is an outstanding read and one I very highly recommend.

--Max Kennedy, Editor of Make Gentle the Life of This World: The Vision of Robert Kennedy, and author of Danger's Hour: The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her.

Francesco "Paco" Chierici made flying some of the U.S. Navy's most treacherous fighters look easy. But it's his deep and lasting infatuation with that deadly aerial artistry -- and his ability to describe it so accurately and vividly - that set him apart as an aviator, a documentary film producer, and writer. Paco's eye for detail, salty irreverence, and skill as both an aviator and a writer, make this fictional work very real. Strap in for an unforgettable ride.

-- Dave Hirschman, Author of Hijacked - The True Story of the Heroes of Flight 705, and AOPA Pilot Editor at Large

Paco is one of the best pilots I know, and a damn good storyteller. Lions of the Sky is gripping, fast paced, and authentic. If you want a real, edge of the envelope thriller, look no further!

-- Brandon Webb former Navy SEAL, pilot and New York Times Bestselling author.

An experienced fighter pilot, Paco Chierici knows what he's writing about here. Fans of military fiction, strap into your favorite ejection seat and get ready for a high speed, G-pulling, missile-shooting thrill ride.

-- Ward Carroll, author of Punk's War, Punk's Wing, and Punk's Fight

Paco Chierici's debut novel is an unforgettable story of pride, lust, loss, betrayal and redemption...set today in a carrier-based fighter squadron in combat. Timely and gripping, Lions of the Sky is an exciting supersonic techno-thriller with well-written g-spikes of human drama that kept me turning the pages. Strap in and arm your seat!

-- Kevin Miller, bestselling author of the 'Raven One' trilogy

A high-octane blend of seawater, adrenaline, and human drama. LIONS OF THE SKY comes off the deck with afterburners roaring and never lets up.

-- Jeff Edwards, bestselling author of 'Sea of Shadows' and 'Steel Wind'