Paco Chierici
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“Paco is one of the best pilots I know. LIONS OF THE SKY is gripping, fast paced, and authentic. If you want a real, edge of the envelope thriller, look no further!”

-Brandon Webb , Former Navy SEAL, pilot and New York Times Bestselling author

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About the Book

In the world of fighter pilots, the most alpha of the alpha, competition is everything and the stakes are impossibly high. A Top Gun for the new millennium, LIONS OF THE SKY propels us into a realm in which friendship, loyalty, and skill are tested, battles won and lost in an instant, and lives irrevocably changed in the time it takes to plug in your afterburners.


“A humdinger of a book...Through vividly drawn characters, Paco takes us inside a Navy fighter squadron showing their incredibly difficult day to day lives, including the obstacles women still face in this tight knit community. This is a terrific window into a world very few people see."

The Honorable Ray Mabus
75th United States Secretary of the Navy

“I was absolutely catapulted into the action!  Paco put me right back in the cockpit and the Ready Room.  Lions of the Sky is intense, and personal, and thrilling. A must read!”

Lea Gabrielle
Journalist and F/A-18 Naval Aviator

“An unforgettable story of pride, lust, loss, betrayal and redemption...set in a carrier-based fighter squadron in combat. Timely and gripping, Lions of the Sky is an exciting supersonic techno-thriller with well-written g-spikes of human drama that kept me turning the pages. Strap in and arm your seat!”



About Paco

During his active duty career in the U.S. Navy, Francesco “Paco” Chierici flew A-6E Intruders and F-14A Tomcats, deployed to conflict zones from Somalia to Iraq and was stationed aboard carriers including the USS Ranger, Nimitz and Kitty Hawk. Throughout his military career, Paco accumulated 3,000 tactical hours, 400 carrier landings, a Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, and three Strike/Flight Air Medals. Unable to give up dogfighting, he flew the F-5 Tiger II for a further ten years as a Bandit.