Depicts a week in a fictional Marine Corps F-18D squadron. Bama -- the testosterone -- is the best pilot in a Marine Corps F-18D squadron. He desires nothing more in life than to shoot down a Russian Mig, and then become an instructor at 'Top Gun'. However, he constantly confronts Buick -- the alcohol. As the best back-seater in the squadron, he disagrees with Bamas methods. Although depicting the squadron as it enforces a NATO no-fly zone imposed over Bosnia in the mid 90s, 'Speed is Life, More is Better' is timeless. It explores how men 'cope', and could just as easily have taken place in Vietnam as Iraq. Speed is Life, More is Better is a modern day Catch 22, simultaneously possessing the excitement and drama of Top Gun. 'Speed is Life, More is Better' begins on a Monday, with an unknown narrator reminiscing about his former F-18D squadron. On Tuesday and Wednesday, from a humorous perspective, the narrator entwines Bamas quest with the depression, loneliness, danger, depravity, boredom, and frustration experienced by the likes of fellow aviators Ghost, Pope, Dago, Joisey, Hick Boy, Spine Ripper, Butt Munch, Hollywood, Shitscreen, and others.
Thursday explodes with five tragic and unforeseen events within the squadron, all of which complicate Fridays deadly offensive air operations. 'Speed is Life, More is Better' ends years later with a 'where are they now?' epilogue, where a pensive and reflective narrator reveals his identity.
John M Scanlan