If I were stranded on a deserted island with a T.V. and DVD player and only allowed to take two movies, one of those movies would be Top Gun…the other would be Dirty Dancing with The Sound of Music hidden in my pants.
I know EVERY single word to the movie. I used to watch it over and over and over again. I watched it so many times that I wore out my VHS copy of it. How is that even possible?? No one wanted to sit with me when I watched it because I would mutter each line under my breath. I also said I would marry a fighter pilot some day…and then make him wear his dress uniform every single day. I’ve tried, on several occasions, to get my husband to buying a costume version…
About a month or so ago, I was asked if I wanted to review a book written by Dave “Bio” Baranek…when I found out exactly who he was, I was definitely interested in reviewing his book. Dave “Bio” Baranek was not only an instructor at TOPGUN, but he was also sent to film footage for the actual Top Gun movie!
I honestly thought I would only be interested in the parts of the book that deal solely with the movie. But I was wrong. I literally couldn’t put the book down. Dave is a master story teller who has the ability to capture his audiences attention and hold it throughout the entire book. There wasn’t a single spot in that book that I found myself bored or wanting to skip over because it was too technical or just plain uninteresting.
Here is a little information about Dave “Bio” Baranek:
Dave “Bio” Baranek enjoyed a successful and satisfying twenty year career in the United States Navy, starting with assignments to F-14 Tomcat squadrons and the elite Topgun training program, and followed by later assignments to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the US 7th Fleet. Baranek retired from the Navy in 1999, and now works as a defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. He lives in Burke, Virginia.
To learn more about Dave Baranek, visit www.TopGunBio.com.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in Top Gun (either as the movie or the elite training program), fighter planes, or the military to pick this book up. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how Dave Baranek climbed the ranks as well as his time on the set of my most favorite movie. My favorite part of the entire book was when Dave said that he rolled the sleeves up on his flight suit so that he knew it was him in the movie during that particular scene!
**Disclaimer: I received a copy of Dave “Bio” Baranek’s book, TopGun Days for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated in this review are solely mine**