The pseudonymous Grant's first novel--all about a young man who leaves college after Pearl Harbor to become a Navy pilot, and who sees action in the both the Atlantic and Pacific. In what the publisher has labeled ""autobiographical historical fiction,"" Grant tells in considerable detail about the training and battle experiences of a young Connecticut man, Pete Grant, who eagerly dropped out of his first year of college to train as a Navy flier. A natural athlete with the gift of extraordinary eyesight and depth perception, Grant was particularly well suited to the Navy's airplanes and warfare of that time. Radar was primitive, and instrument landings were still in the future; but Grant and his fellow fliers were skilled and nervy enough to learn nighttime carrier operations and to put them to use in the war. Grant's progress took him through training with no delays and sent him first to join Atlantic operations, flying off of small carriers to seek out and destroy German submarines, a fascinating and seldom-seen corner of the war. His Pacific action included some of the heaviest battles as the Allies closed in on the Japanese mainland. There is a brief sad love affair, along with a bit of nerve-wracking test-pilot work after the victory. This is George Bush's war told pretty much in George Bush's language, but the flying is as hair-raising as anything in Tom Cruise's Top Gun.