Imagine flying a boxcar with four engines, loaded with high explosive fuel, at night, low, over a jungle with numerous Viet Cong shooting at you with 23mm, 37mm, and 57mm guns.
You'll "see" tracers zooming by so thick and so bright they light-up your cockpit with an eerie red glow. And in spite of it, you'll have to drop supplies on a postage stamp to needy troops below.
©2009 Curt Messex; (P)2009 Books In Motion
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"Real Life in the military"
As a former Officer, his narrative is true to life in the way his family has to endure military life. They are also heros who should be recognized. Messex life dealing with desk jockeys and superiors looking to further their career and doesn't care who they step on. If you really want to know how the military is run read this book.
I really enjoyed this book. Having worked in aviation, I thought I knew some of the people that the book was based on.
"Fair memoir, mediocre narration"
I was hoping for 80% flying and 20% other, but got 33% flying, 33% military life, and 34% family life.
I think the narration bothered me the most. The biggest problem was that he never varied from his hard-bitten, sarcastic, slowly delivered semi-drawl. That may have been appropriate when the writer was dealing with a military snafu, but not when describing the stars in the night sky. And there were more than the usual number of mispronounced words, but the worst was ailerons, pronounced AIL-yur-ons.
Overall, the book was not horrible, I did finish it, and I learned some things I didn't know, but I wouldn't buy it again.
"Combat Pay (unabridged)"
This was one of the best books I have listened to. It was told in a matter of fact way that understated the seriousness of the situation the author was going through. A very good listen!
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