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War for the Hell of It Audiobook

War for the Hell of It: A Fighter Pilot's View of Vietnam

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Publisher's Summary

Ed "Fast Eddie" Cobleigh served two tours of duty during the Vietnam air war, logging 375 combat sorties in the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber.

In War for the Hell of It, Cobleigh shares his perspectives in a deeply personal account of a fighter pilot's life, one filled with moral ambiguity and military absurdities offset by the undeniable thrill of flying a fighter plane. With well-crafted prose that puts you into his Phantom's cockpit, Cobleigh vividly recounts the unexplainable loss of his wingman, the useless missions he flew, the need to trust his reflexes, eyesight, aggressiveness, and his survival instincts in the heat of combat. He discusses the deaths of his squadron mates and the contradictions of a dirty, semi-secret war fought from beautiful, exotic Thailand. This is an unprecedented look into the state of mind of a pilot as he experiences everything from the carnage of a crash to the joy of flying through a star-studded night sky, from the illogical political agendas of Washington to his own dangerous addiction to risk.

Cobleigh gives a stirring and emotional description of one man's journey into airborne hell and back, recounting the pleasures and the pain, the wins and the losses, and ultimately, the return.

©2016 Ed Cobleigh (P)2016 Ed Cobleigh

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    Alastair 08/06/2017
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    "Excellent book !"

    Excellent book, well written and excellent narration. thoroughly enjoyed it. An honest account, straight from someone who was there and done it, no going-ho stuff. Would recommend. 😃

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    D. Williams Kent 20/04/2017
    D. Williams Kent 20/04/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Not adrenaline fueled but fully authentic"

    Very well written and performed. Great story with some funny and thought provoking moments of an experienced fighter pilot's 2 tours during the late 68-72 bombing halt. Most missions flown over Laos, many at night.

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  • dick
    31/08/16
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    "From a fellow Vietnam fighter pilot"

    Outstanding writing into the deep emotion of
    Combat flying in a war where most all warriors attempting to deal with returning to face an ungrateful nation. Returning were more pissed at their own government than the enemy sent to fight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. Mersereau
    STAMFORD, CT USA
    26/08/16
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    "Well done!"

    I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB - his stories took me back to the crazy times. This is the real deal, really well told.

    Wish we required military service as a prerequisite for political office - Vietnam Vets would have kept us out of the Iraq mess.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Richards
    08/09/16
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    "What would happen if Emerson was a fighter pilot"
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    Ed Cobleigh is a very gifted writer with extraordinary descriptive powers. He also has a gift for simile. It doesn't read like any other war memoir that you have ever read and Eric Martin does a great job reading it. Although it has some campy fighter pilot snark, it is kept at a minimum and he tells a very internal story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daman
    24/06/16
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    "Interesting, Candid, and Well-Written"
    What did you love best about War for the Hell of It?

    It was a very well written military history candid biography. I loved the pilot's experience's and lessons he was able to draw from it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The narrator did a great job. I was kept interested.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin S.
    08/06/16
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    "Well-Told Portrail of Combat Aviation in Viet Nam"
    Would you listen to War for the Hell of It again? Why?

    Sure. I'm a retired post-Viet Nam, Naval Flight Officer and although there are differences, I could very easily put myself in the story. I 'knew' virtually every character and I was some of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written and read. I actually most thoroughly enjoyed the chapter where the author went aboard an aircraft carrier and personally, listening to his [initially naive] USAF explanation of aircraft carrier operations, I found it extremely entertaining and downright funny.


    What does Eric Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Eric did an excellent job of bringing the stoic, cynical, hubris of the junior officer, fighter pilot persona to the telling of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/07/17
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    "Excellent"

    An excellent blend of perfectly placed sarcasm mixed with a great story. The orator makes the experience even more enjoyable. You will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SunsetSam
    Puget Sound, WA USA
    12/07/17
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    "Vietnam from the cockpit"

    There are a lot of books written about the war in Indochina and I have read many. However their are few from the perspective of that of a pilot. That is what I found intriguing about the book.

    I liked the characterization of what it was like to pilot the F4. The loss of fellow pilots and the inner workings of what was felt flying , bombing and then coming back and having to go from danger to a safe place in a matter of hours.

    The frustration of politics both in D.C. as well as military. The secret wars.

    This is a book I can recommend if you are interested in the war as a combatant or a citizen and witnessed the changes in the USA as a result.

    I was given this book to review and the opinions are my own and my honest thoughts on the book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    01/06/17
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    "Riveting Stories"

    The stories were mostly very good, with some unexpected humor, but I didn't care for the narration. It was deadpan and emotionless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan McGowen
    Nebraska
    20/05/17
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    "Hated to have it end"

    Every so often I get a book that I wish was much longer and this is one of them. The story moves right along, seems to be historically accurate and in some cases really strikes a chord regarding the idiots that ran the war... and the idiots that let them get away with it in the Pentagon.

    I'm hoping he has written more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey
    CASA GRANDE, AZ, United States
    14/03/17
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    "Not your typical fighter jock book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to others - especially if they are interested in the subject matter. This book is the Viet Nam war from an USAF pilot's point of view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how the author made it easy for me to identify with what life was like in that environment.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to Eric Martin before, however, after this book I will definitely seek him out. The narrator was nothing short of spectacular, to wit, I do not believe the author himself could have done better!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were plenty of sobering and funny episodes in the book. The book was excellent from the beginning to the very last sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    The style of the book was set in prose. As I said earlier, this is no ordinary fighter jock book. I enjoy many different kinds of writing styles, but this work was quite a treat. The irony, the comedy, the drama, the sadness, and the combat - it's all in this book put together by someone who knows something of writing. Good Job, Cobleigh! Can I have the movie rights?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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