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Huey: The Story of an Assault Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam [Kindle Edition]

Jay Groen , David Groen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

John Vanvorden--the Flying Dutchman--is a Vietnam pilot and one of the rugged few who know the danger and thrill of combat while piloting the U.S. Army's UH-1H "Huey" Iroquois helicopter.

He experiences screaming descents into hot landing zones to place military assault troops and rescue wounded soldiers.

He has the clarity of mind to survive seven days of horror in a Vietnamese jungle swamp while the psychology of a fellow soldier is severely tested.

He's got the guts to buck military orders and battle his own brass to pursue an investigation when a botched operation spells disaster for the men under him.

Based on the authors' personal experiences in the Vietnam War, Huey is an authentic, action-filled book of historical fiction. Originally published 30 years ago, this moving novel became a New York Times bestseller within days of publishing.

Editorial Reviews

"Those who have read the classic book of helicopter combat in Vietnam, Chickenhawk by Robert Mason, but who still have an appetite for more books of that sort can do no better than to read this novel."
- The VVA Veteran, Books in Review II

Book Excerpt:

From eight thousand feet, the Flying Dutchman flew his chopper into a nose-high attitude and peeled off into a single-ship approach. His passengers were looking straight down at the ground from the open doorway. Before anyone could blink, they were diving toward the ground at four thousand feet a minute, about as fast as a helicopter can come out of the sky with its main rotor still attached. The 12.7’s opened up. Tracer rounds looked like basketballs zooming by. The supersonic bullets popped as they passed, breaking the sound barrier. When a bullet found its mark, it smacked the ship like a baseball bat.
As soon as the troops on the ground had hefted the two critical cases into each side, John blasted out low level, taking fire from the ground. He knew the Huey didn’t have long before it became battered magnesium. . . .

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Artha Publishing; 2 edition (21 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GA0BL84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Frankly unbelievable 2 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Gave up half way through. Simply could not believe half the incidents described in this book. Read plenty of books by pilots who served in Vietnam, and the stories they tell resonate with truth. Not this one. Knocking VC over with the skids? Door gunners swinging on board using their monkey straps while the UH -1 accelerates to achieve lift? Don't think so. And the pilot concerned, a supremely gifted 20 year old who all his COs defer to? Yeh, right.

Like a John Wayne view of flying choppers in Vietnam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book but not Chickenhawk 27 April 2014
By Jim Bee
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A good read with some great descriptive writing but it's not Chickenhawk. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended if you are into your Vietnam Helicopter war reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Huey 22 April 2014
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Great book thoroughly enjoyed the detailed explanations of the combat assaults. Got a bit deep towards the end with the Buddism stuff but still a great read and would recommend it to any "Huey Heads"
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was my type of read. 30 Nov. 2013
By M. Jay
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Aviation is one of my main interests. So it was obvious to grab this book.
It taught me things that I never knew about this sort of war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT MUST READ 14 Nov. 2013
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This is a rare read from authors who more than know what they are talking about. Be warned, once you start reading this book you will not want to stop. This is one of the few books that I will be reading again and again and again. This book follows the adventures of a helicopter pilot through a bloody and dangerous time. This is compelling reading, although reading is probably the wrong word because it's more as if you are drawn through this book as an observer. It should come as no surprise that I highly recommend this book.
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