I always wondered what life would be like as a fighter pilot in Australia's modern air force, now I know. The book describes the author's journey from beginnings at an airshow through to the high excitement and dangers of flying military aircraft, for example as a new young gun in a F-18 Hornet on night exercise in the pitch black of Australia's Top End. I loved the candid, 'no-bulldust' style, which is a breath of fresh air for this type of book. As you'd expect from a fighter pilot, the author, (known as 'Serge' to his RAAF mates), doesn't pull his punches. If you're a defence bureaucrat, or someone who likes fighting their battles from afar using only electronic eyes and without a g-suit squeezing the blood up your torso, take a deep breath before you read this. Finally, the laughing at the antics had me out of breath!