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Weekend read: 'The Last Pilot'

Benjamin Johncock's debut novel is as endearing as it is gripping.
The Last Pilot

"The Last Pilot" may be Benjamin Johncock's first book, but it reads like he's a seasoned pro, with descriptions and dialogue so rich that it's impossible not to get invested in the book's characters.

The protagonist is a man named Jim, who is a test pilot in the Air Force. The book is set in the 1940s - 1960s, with NASA newly formed and space exploration on the forefront of everyone's mind. Jim is offered a plum job with NASA, but turns it down so he can spend time with his wife and newborn daughter. But when his daughter dies at only 2 years old, Jim's life turns dark. Not knowing how to deal with this immense loss, he volunteers for another NASA mission, flying to the moon.

At its core, this is a novel about love, faith and what makes life worthwhile. It's about what it means to be human, and fall short of what people --- and yourself --- expect. You may cry, but this story is worth every tear.

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