Mayor of Successive Miracles was riveting and fast-paced. As a career naval officer myself, I probably related more to the subject material and the characters than most, but I still think it's a story that anyone interested in the military and military history would find very entertaining. The US Navy is an organization steeped in enormous talent, but like all large, bureaucratic organizations, there are anomalous characters that somehow defy the norms. I knew officers very much like the main character, who "succeeded" in the system with guile, cunning, and blind good luck—as opposed to the expected character traits of hard work, talent, courage, and superior leadership. Hamlin Tallent , a retired Navy admiral, knows his material. And his vast knowledge of ships, aircraft, systems, and strategy comes through extremely well. At times, there is an overload of detail on Navy terminology, for the unaccustomed reader, but it doesn't really distract from the main story line. Tallent also does an excellent job of weaving in the actual timelines and historic events of his plot with the characters he has manufactured.
Review by Phil Keith (May 2019)
MWSA's evaluation of this book found a number of technical problems--including some combination of misspellings, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization errors--which indicate that further editing would lead to a much-improved final product.
Jack Grant is a total ass. He rises to fame as a MIG killer over the skies of Iraq and his success leads him to command the Navy's premier aerial combat school, TOPGUN. But, things go awry and the Navy sends him to the Pentagon. The TAILHOOK scandal nips at him. Jack survives a shoot-out with Saddam's thugs in the wilds of Iraq and is given command of a Navy air wing. He miraculously emerges as a hero from every tight spot. But Jack is haunted by his dying wife and by the growing realization that his is a terrible husband, selfish friend, lousy pilot, and an absolute fraud. Jack seeks answers and forgiveness and, just maybe, a final mission against Iran will provide both.
Book Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle
Review Genre: Fiction—Literary Fiction
Number of Pages: 424