"I’m overwhelmed by the *gorgeous* language in this book...descriptive magic that reminds me of Alice Sebold’s breathtaking phrasing. So many stellar descriptions stopped me in my tracks so that I could turn the phrasing around and around in appreciation. Very well done. As the sensory details continue to bring the story to life, we find ourselves carried along in a fine cadence, as the plot progresses well, with no lulls in the middle. There is never a weak portion of the story."
Penguin Random House, Michael McConnell
"...Victory is a talented writer. He has written a compelling page-turner in a style that is personally reflective. Victory’s representation of his father bursts with love and awe. The questions of family, loyalty, honor, and truth emerge and will resonate with just about everyone. With an incredible ending that you must read to believe, this book does not disappoint."
"Views From The Cockpit is a very well constructed amalgamation of a biography and memoir...surprisingly confessional, and quite graphic...it serves the narrative in a beneficial way and moves it forward in a manner that is exemplary. If you would like to read a book that features the relationship between a father and son or a parent and a child or just want to read good writing, you should read Views From The Cockpit. The ride that it takes you on may be filled with turbulence, but the landing makes it worthwhile."
"Personal memoirs of family are common, but Victory's stands apart through its unflinching portrayal of complicated family dynamics. What emerges is a complex portrait of a father and son whose love persists despite--and in the midst of--broken bonds and betrayals. Victory offers a tender story which benefits from the integration of its central plane metaphor...A pivotal moment."
African American Literature Book Club, Robert Fleming
"Urgent, courageous words from a Black man confronting sexual orientation, guilt, cultural prejudice, and gender bias. It takes a lot to stand up."
ANR Music Factory
"...excruciatingly rare ability to hook you into the verses and share plenty of imagery, emotion, and soul."
Indie Band Guru
"The power of an artist is their willingness to share intimate pieces of their own lives in their art. Our recent find Ross Victory spreads his message even further with both song and the written word."
"Ross Victory is not only a talented singer and songwriter, but he is also a great lyricist. He is capable of capturing the real meaning of a song and put it into words and melody. And let me say that this is a gift that very few true Artists have."
Ross Victory is an award-winning author, singer/songwriter and product designer from Southern California. After the loss of his father and brother, Ross dove into self-discovery, reigniting his childhood passion for writing and music production, launching an independent creative writing career. Victory has dedicated his life to empowering his community while entertaining listeners and readers. Victory provides a multi-format creative experience in Urban Adult Contemporary music and literature, with a focus on creative non-fiction and thematic novellas. Topics include: adventure, family, religion and philosophy, and bisexuality.
Victory is best known for his father-son memoir, "Views from the Cockpit," and lifestyle brand, "Books & Bangers."
Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Page by page, year by year, tender father-son memories of airplane watching transform into nightmarish, turbulent family drama.
Panorama: The Missing Chapter from Views from the Cockpit is a memoir that explores international adventure, bisexuality, and identity politics through the lens of a black man from United States.
Egg is a horror-themed story that explores fertility issues, Ying and Yang symbolism and the unique ability humans have to choose light or to choose darkness. When a 12-year-old, Nakoa Taylor, discovers a bite in the center of chest, which becomes his evil Siamese twin, his world is turned upside down.
Father & Sun explores how secrets and motivations from the past often have a negative impact on the spiritual, mental, and emotional wellness of heirs. Trey Amana discovers his late-father's journal from college days before Christmas which changes the trajectory of his life.