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Cadet 7. The Squad + Boomers, Gen Xers, & Millenials

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Genres: General Fiction
Sub-genres: Drama

Richard Leonard Peterson wanted to fly for as long as he could recall. His father, an Air Force pilot, was the inspiration. When his parents died in a boating accident, Ritch moved to Washington, D.C. to live with his brother and his brother’s fathers. A month before turning eighteen, he becomes a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If he can safely navigate the subsequent four years, he will be commissioned as an Air Force Second Lieutenant upon graduation


p align="center" style="text-align:center;"> In memory of Salomón Hazday
10 July 1930 – 27 October 2020


Although part of a series, this story stands on its own.

This is a work of fiction set in the real world.
Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously
Any other resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

Copyright © 2021 Carlos Hazday; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 17
  • Addictive/Pacing 20
  • Characters 21
  • Chills 1
  • Cliffhanger 6
  • Compelling 6
  • Feel-Good 7
  • Humor 6
  • Smoldering 4
  • Tearjerker 5
  • Unique 15
  • World Building 12

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Ritch, CJ's teen-aged half-brother, leaves home for the Air Force Academy and grows up along the way.

Under authority and within the military hierarchy, Ritch confronts, and is confronted by, class/schoolmates, higher-ups, calamity, strange cultures, his family's past, and perceptions of his wealth.

Ritch has MANY sexual conquests, all of them more or less off-stage, but discovers that more than sex, he really wants love.

He desperately wants to fly jets, yet he can't get away from wanting to do the right thing by his friends.

Along the way, he gathers a new circus of people with brains, hearts, and courage who he is proud to support and who are proud to support him through thick and thin.


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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This is another entrant into the wider CJ universe.

In this one we follow CJ's younger brother Ritch as he works his way through the USAF academy.

This is a fantastic story where we see Ritch grow up from a little kid to a well grounded Officer in the airforce.

As with all Carlos's stories we are treated to humour as well as serious topics which are all well written.

We have cameos from all the usual suspects, but we see Ritch develop his own core of friends within in the accamedy.

A truly fantastic story that comes highly recommended as does the whole CJ universe.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Another enjoyable read which has encouraged me to go all the way back to the beginning of the saga!!

Well done and delivered with more punctuality than my students essays 😀

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Carlos keeps writing great stories to continue/expand the CJ universe. In this book Ritch/Ritchie is growing up :)

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Cadet is the best story yet from Carlos Hazday.  His characters are always interesting with a bit of humor.  In the past it seems that good things just came to them, partly due to the privilege that comes with being wealthy. Not that they didn't work hard as well, just a little unbelievable.  That is not the case with Cadet. Rich, the main character is also from that same wealthy family, but seems more interested in being judged on his own.  When he uses his wealth it is almost always for others and he is loath to take any credit, preferring not to be in the limelight. He is an advocate for others and also takes his responsibilities as an Air Force Academy Cadet very seriously.  He is a force to recon with as either a friend or a foe.  The story follows his life through the USAF Academy. The plot lines are very well drawn and we meet a number of characters who are quite different from in the past.  I highly recommend this story as well as previous stories by Carlos Hazday.  Although you might want to read the other stories first, it is definitely not necessary. After reading Cadet, however you will certainly want to read the rest of the stories. 

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is the story of how CJ's no longer "little" brother Ritch spreads his wings and takes flight ...

This story is part of a universe of stories while it can be read alone I highly recommend reading the earlier stories to have a better understanding of Ritch.

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Another quality addition to the CJ series, this one focusing on Ritch and his evolution from basic cadet to 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force Academy.  This is a must read for the excellence in writing, the depth of characters and plot. 

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

This is a wonderful continuation of the life for someone we got to know in the CJ series. Ritch follows his dreams, and grows as a person before our eyes. He gives others the support and guidance they need to also grow. It's an incredible journey of that scared boy who lost his parents to becoming an officer in the United States Air Force. While I may be biased at having worked with Carlos several projects, I can't recommend this book enough. It's great as a stand alone, even better with all the others he's written about the family and their friends.

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

One of the most entertaining books of the CJ series.  We get to know Ritch (no longer Richie) as more than CJ's little brother.  He gathers his own diverse squad of men (and one woman) that will stick with him for life.  We also get catch-ups with some of our favorite past characters and teasers for the next book!  

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