Multi-genre author, Ed Benjamin, introduces us to his short story “Mar: A Harry Miles Redemption Story”:
An Iranian fighter jet flies high above the Line of Control, which marks the contested border between India and Pakistan. The airplane appears to be in trouble. The pilot seems to have a problem with the craft's flight control surfaces. Smoke trails behind its port engine. Apparently, it does not have the ability to emit any electronic signals and is unable to fire its missiles if required to do so.
An enemy aircraft, smelling blood and sensing an easy combat victory closes in for the easy kill.
Sometimes, appearances can be deceiving.
I really enjoyed this story! Since I am an Air Force brat and have served in the Air National Guard myself, this was right in my wheelhouse! Ed displays considerable understanding of the regional politics of India, Pakistan and Iran.
Major Mar is the antagonist in the first book in the series, yet he is almost the hero in this short story. It takes good writing to accomplish that. I enjoyed the aerial dogfights and the interactions with the ground crew.
Major Mar is a formidable opponent, a hero to Iran and a family man. Harry will be up for the fight of his life if he is allowed back in the cockpit, by his commanders. I hope we get to see this epic battle!
I give “Mar: A Harry Miles Redemption Story” a score of 4.6.
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