The Cool Woman    -     By: John Aubrey Anderson
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The Cool Woman

Fidelis Books / 2010 / Paperback

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In 1970, Bill Mann, a pilot who sought to make aerial combat his guiding star, is already lost whether he knows it or not. Although he's at the top of his Air Force class and marries a beautiful girl, his life is centered on drinking and partying-perhaps a way to escape the haunting memory of having to kill two white men who beat his black mother to death when he was ten years old.Upon leaving to spend a year in Vietnam flying combat missions aboard his aircraft, The Cool Woman, Bill remains confident and considers himself "the envied of the envied." But soon enough his wife is leaving him, and a downward spiral of Mann's heart, soul, and survival odds has begun.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Fidelis Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 0805464808
ISBN-13: 9780805464801
Availability: In Stock

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In 1971, Bill Mann, a pilot who sought to make aerial combat his guiding star, is already lost whether he knows it or not. Although he’s at the top of his Air Force class and married to a beautiful woman, his life is centered on drinking and partying—perhaps a way to escape a haunting memory. As a ten-year-old, Bill killed the two white men who beat his black mother to death.

In 1972, Mann is in Vietnam, flying his aircraft, The Cool Woman, in combat environs that have been called the most hazardous in air warfare history. He remains confident and considers himself "the envied of the envied" until the moment his beautiful wife says she wants a divorce, and the downward spiral of Mann’s life and his survival odds begins.

Author Bio

John Aubrey Anderson was growing up in Mississippi cotton country when he saw John Wayne starring in Flying Tigers and knew he wanted to be a pilot. After graduating from Mississippi State University, he joined the Air Force, served three tours in Southeast Asia, and went on to fly planes for Delta Air Lines for twenty-eight years. Now retired from the cockpit, he writes novels, including the acclaimed Black or White Chronicles trilogy, and lives with his wife in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas.

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Written with a wealth of information from the author's Air Force and airline pilot careers, this novel of self-sacrifice also educates. It's a wonderful story of humanity, hope and healing, exactly what we need in these tumultuous times. - Romantic Times Book Reviews

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  1. BookReviewsbyMolly
    Willow Spring, NC
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enjoyable Read!
    November 24, 2010
    BookReviewsbyMolly
    Willow Spring, NC
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Typically, I don't read military genre books, unless of course, the review book I am reading at the time has a secondary military theme woven in. I was raised a military brat so I had my share of all the military terminology and happenings, and new what would happen in a strictly military novel...or so I thought. I was a little leery when I started The Cool Woman.....I heard so many mixed reviews about this book. Upon starting this novel, I realized the saying 'to each his own' is true, for I really enjoyed this novel. Now, that's not saying it's my favorite. Far from my favorite,in fact. It's just one that captured me and took me for a ride through Nam and the life of a military pilot.

    Bill Mann is a character an author can be proud of. He's strong, he's handsome and he's fighting for his country in Vietnam. But, there is something missing in his life, and it's not the wife who's divorcing him. He's lacking a faith in his Father .But, through, am unfortunate circumstance, can he overcome his lack of faith and believe in the Heavenly Father, and gain everything back???

    I really enjoyed Pip Mann. She fit the role of the military wife perfectly. She really tugged at my heart and reminded me of stateside life of a military family, always wondering what was happening to her husband, and, she too, had a lack of faith in God.

    Bill and Pip Mann aren't the only reasons I liked this book. John Aubrey Anderson, being a retired military man himself and having first hand knowledge, used the touchy subject of whites befriending blacks and blacks in the military and war. Through his words, we are able to see the struggle of race issues in the military, and how they are overcome. But, through it all, he showed God working in the hearts of his characters. He showed, through God, that to a full life, no matter the skin color, no matter the war, it must be through a faith in God.

    A story full of military talk (there's a glossary in the back for the terminology used!), action, and hard lessons(the war we really battle the most is within ourselves if we don't have faith in our hearts), The Cool Woman is a 4 star book that shouldn't be over looked. Definitely take the time to read this true-to-life fiction novel and be prepared to serve in Vietnam along side some pretty awesome characters and learn some lessons along the way.
  2. Rel Mollet
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 26, 2010
    Rel Mollet
    War is brutal, devastating and soul shattering yet it can also be a baptism of fire that refines an ordinary man into a courageous warrior willing to sacrifice his life for another. From personal experience, John Aubrey Anderson exposes the harsh realities of the Vietnam war through the heroic journey of Lieutenant Bill Mann, a young fighter pilot with all the swagger and confidence that comes with a man who believes he was born to fly.John's writing is riveting and authentic, with brilliant pacing and intensive characterization. The combat scenes are so visceral you will feel every bullet, explosion and heartbeat and will be left breathless. The deep, emotional scars of violent conflict and methods of escapism are honestly explored both amongst the pilots and their families back home. Heart wrenching, evocative and powerful, covering the barbaric to the sacrificial and the catastrophic to the miraculous, The Cool Woman is a unique and challenging story, with an unashamedly direct message of faith. With this epic military adventure, unlike anything else you will find in Christian Fiction, John Aubrey Anderson continues to impress me with his compelling and ingenious storytelling. If you are looking for an authentic, gritty and evocative read, The Cool Woman is a sure fire hit!
  3. Theresa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 10, 2010
    Theresa
    This military thriller will keep you captive and hold you in its grip until the very last page. "The Cool Woman" transports you back to the early '70's Vietnam War, where the main character, Bill Mann, is a Douglas A-1 Skyraider pilot who's main mission is to rescue downed pilots and other military troops that are in trouble. Bill is such a believable and engaging multi-layered character who entrances you with his story and sears himself to your memory long after the story is finished.John Aubrey Anderson brings his experiences of being a pilot in Southeast Asia to make this an extremely realistic book. I found myself feeling like I was sitting in the cockpit of the plane on the missions, at the base intermingling with the other pilots, and even had times I was hungry for a bologna, cheese and pickle sandwich."The Cool Woman" is a fantastic read. It will keep you spell bound, make your heart race, and even make you squirm with anticipation at the suspense. The storyline is well written with an exciting plot. It holds a theme of honesty, integrity, trust and brotherhood that is important when everyone's life is on the line, but also intermingles some humor that is sure to make you smile. Throughout the book runs the question and the importance of God and when all the chips are down, where does one turn. The book holds and excellent message without being overbearing on the subject, and in my opinion, a very realistic view and message.I really look forward to reading other books by Mr. Anderson. I find his style both enjoyable and easy for both sexes to relate to.
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