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Themes

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Themes in Aviators, as in the rest of the Brotherhood of War series, often cross novels and series. Perhaps Griffin's major theme is loyalty and esprit de corps — in a military or (as in the Badge of Honor series) police setting. In The Aviators, the men who fly the Army's aircraft are a tightly knit group, aware of any interference or attack, be it from a traditional enemy (in this case, the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese) or an "internal" enemy (the Air Force, in an attempt to restrict the Army's aviation inventory and abilities). That the fraternity — and in Griffin this is seldom an inappropriate term — of Army flyers is strong and close-knit is best exemplified at the beginning of the novel, at which point the reader sees the regard with which John Oliver's men hold him, even though he is very young for his rank and that rank is a step lower than that mandated for the aviation company Oliver commands.