The Last Blue Mile To most civilians, the U.S. military, with its attendant codes and rituals, remains as inscrutable as the Freemasons. Kim Ponders, a former fighter pilot who… The Last Blue Mile To most civilians, the U.S. military, with its attendant codes and rituals, remains as inscrutable as the Freemasons. Kim Ponders, a former fighter pilot who… 2007-05-22 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

The Last Blue Mile (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; Writer: Kim Ponders; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

To most civilians, the U.S. military, with its attendant codes and rituals, remains as inscrutable as the Freemasons. Kim Ponders, a former fighter pilot who became one of the first females in combat during Desert Storm, writes fiction with the disciplined detail of a soldier and the vivid immediacy of a true storyteller. In The Last Blue Mile, a cheating scandal rocks the Air Force Academy, and a young female recruit struggles to reconcile her upper-middle-class upbringing with the rigid military culture she encounters in training. Some readers may wish for more levity, but Ponders' subject — and her insights — couldn't be more timely. B+

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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