This is a fantastic book from start to finish. Where the character starts from training to completing flying training. The first hand accounts of flying and recovery is brilliant. I lost my hard copy when someone didn't return my copy. I am pleased to purchase this e book edition and look forward to reading this book again.
A must read. A really candid view from a bloke who like many others risked their lives in what was an unpopular war for many. Witty, honest and eye-opening. I'd been trying to get hold of this for years and wasn't disappointed.
This book was a recommended read by a member of my book club and I am glad I took the time to read it, even though it wasn't my usual reading material.
I had long wondered what it was like for those who were in Vietnam and this account, by Robert Mason, a helicopter pilot, gives us a good look at the conditions which the troops over there had to work under, as well as the author's questioning of why they were there and how to tell friend from foe. So many shades of grey. The troops on the ground undoubtedly had it far worse than the helicopter pilots did and the accounts of bodies piled up or soldiers missing limbs, was a constant refrain.
All in all, I think the book did a good job of describing conditions, as they were for this particular man, in his particular job. It certainly didn't shy away from describing the good, the bad and the very ugly, that's for sure. I am glad it also went on to describe what civilian life was for the author after he came back from Vietnam - the fact that he is still married is a bit of a miracle and I think his wife was aptly named.
This was not an easy read by any means but I think it is an important one if you wish to understand a little more about this most misunderstood war.