"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."
Nonfiction Authors Association, Awarded Bronze
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."
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."
J. Ross Victory (Ross) is an Award-Winning American author and recording artist. He is the author of the father-son themed memoir, Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son and bisexual-themed Panorama: The Missing Chapter. Ross finds his unique voice by creatively combining books and R&B music to inspire and entertain readers and listeners. He spent his early years collecting pens, notepads and interviewing himself in a tape recorder. With an acute awareness for his young age, Ross was eager to point out hypocrisies and character inconsistencies in children and adults through English assignments. If he weren’t keeping his English teachers on their toes for what he would say or write next, he was processing his world through songwriting and music.
Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son (2019) 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 (2020) is a memoir that explores international adventure, bisexuality, and identity politics through the lens of a black man from United States.