I wish I knew what "Daibhidh" meant in whatever language it really is. I suspect it's actually "David", and that would be a let-down.
A let-down is never on the cards when Buzz Donaldson gives us another of his stories.
Let me be honest - I was never in any air force. But I did serve on an air force base back in the very early 70s. As a "brown job" I got stick from a few "pigeons" until we learned to respect each other. I spent a lot of time in Hercs, and did less landings than I did take-offs in them. I have a brother who is an aviation writer, and I keep my subscription to AW&ST up to date (actually my wife does it for me). My uncle was a well respected pilot. So I have a bit of aviation background.
"Daibhidh" is as honest as the day is long. Every part of every story is as real as it can be - the emotions, the incidents, the people. Earnest K Gann couldn't get it any better, neither could James Salter. But "Daibhidh" can give us the sweaty bits that neither of them can.
"Daibhidh" was and is a fighter pilot (because once you are, you always are, even after retirement). Some of them are arrogant assholes, but those ones mostly fall by the wayside. Fortunately the really good ones are like "Buzz", always understating the abilities they have and the situations they have mastered. Unfortunately there are damn few of them that have the skills to write up their experiences (Did I ever tell you about the Voodoo jock I met on a staff course once? Sentences were not his forte).
For those who are looking for pure stroke stories there are some nice meaty sweaty stories, but that's not really the point here. The plot gets you to the emotions, and emotion and adrenalin are in good supply.
Technical quality - well you've got to give him a 10, even if there is the occasional spelling glitch, because all of his flying detail is perfect.
Appeal to the reviewer is definitely a 10: if I see a new story by "Daibhidh" my chances of any billable work being done in the near future are zero!