Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone has been assigned to a search and rescue team based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, near the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and far from her former elite H-60 squadron. A rule follower by nature, Alison is exasperated and outraged every time she flies with her mission commander, “Boomer” Marks, for whom military procedures are merely a suggestion. Alison is desperate to be transferred out of the boonies, where careers stagnate, and back to her life and fiancé in San Diego.
Alison’s defenses start to slip when she meets mountain guide Will Cavanaugh during a particularly dicey mission. Will introduces her to a wild, beautiful world of adventure that she has never known before. Stranded on a mountain during a sudden dangerous blizzard, Alison questions every truth she thought she knew about herself. When Will braves the storm to save her life, she must confront the fact that she has been living a lie. But is it too late to change course?
Full of action and adventure, dangerous and heart-stopping rescues, blizzards and floods, family secrets and second chances, Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson is a thrilling woman’s journey as she finds confidence, truth, love, and herself against the majestic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.
I took part in the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with BookSparks this year. I thought I had reported on every book from May, June, July and August, but when I was organizing my books late last week, I came across this book and realized it was part of the #2016SRC (2016 Summer Reading Challenge). Since late is better than never, here’s the report on Clear to Lift.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Anne A. Wilson’s book, Clear to Lift. I hadn’t heard of her before I received this book for review, but the back cover seemed pretty interesting so I jumped right in. What I quickly realized is that the author herself was a Navy helicopter pilot, so she knew about the stuff she was writing quite personally. That always helps a story with all of the details and makes a story flow better for readers.
This story is about Alison Malone, who is a 28 year old Navy helicopter pilot. Against her preference, Ali is stationed in Fallon, Nevada as part of the Navy’s premier search and rescue squadron among the Sierra Nevada mountains. This job keeps her away from her financial advisor fiancé, Rich in San Diego, and she isn’t a fan. Because Ali is a rule follower, she isn’t a fan of some of the other guys.
Ali was raised by her mother since her father abandoned her and her mother when she was just 4 years old. Seeking the feeling of stability and security, she joined the Navy and found a man, Rich who also provides her with that security as well. Meeting Will Cavanaugh challenges Alison’s view of stable and what that might look like.
The author does an excellent job weaving in all of the stories that tie together and are solved by the end of the book including where Alison’s father went and why certain references were made. I thought it was really cool that the author was a Navy Helicopter Pilot and used her experience into this book.
This book is filled with energy and it’ll keep you reading and reading. Readers are taken from rescue missions to near death experiences, and emotions are flying high. Overall, it was a great book that I would recommend to others!
Anne A. Wilson is the author of Hover and Clear to Lift. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in ocean engineering. She served nine years active duty as a Navy helicopter pilot, including three years flying search and rescue, where she specialized in high altitude, technical mountain rescue. Following her military service, she worked for four years in the semiconductor industry. Currently, she and her husband own a triathlon coaching company, Camelback Coaching, and she specializes in teaching adults how to swim. Anne lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona, with her husband and two sons.
I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from the publishers and BookSparks as part of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge in exchange for this post, which is my honest review and unbiased opinion.