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Pucker Factor 10: Memoir of a U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam [Paperback]

James Joyce
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc (30 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786415576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786415571
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In 1963...there was no way I could have known, sitting in a classroom on that beautiful campus in Ohio, that by raising my hand I would be going to war in Vietnam and that I would see things, hear things and do things that most people cannot imagine." - James Joyce. The author was drawn into the United States Army through ROTC, and went through training to fly helicopters in combat over Vietnam. His experiences are notable because he flew both Huey "Slicks" and Huey "Gunships": the former on defense as he flew troops into battle, and the latter on offense as he took the battle to the enemy. Through this book, the author relives his experiences flying and fighting, with special attention given to his and other pilots' day-to-day lives - such as the smoke bombing of Disneyland, the nickname given to a United States Army-sponsored compound for prostitution. Some of the pilots Joyce served with survived the war and went on to have careers with commercial airlines, and many were killed.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT A MUST READ 26 Feb 2009
A bit pricey this one but well worth it. James Joyce writes with honesty and tells it as it was. Its up there with "Chickenhawk" and "Low Level Hell". You wont be dissapointed with this book so dont be put off by the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War story from a human angle 23 July 2003
By Marshall Frank - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not normally a reader of non-fiction war stories, especially in first person, but "Pucker Factor 10" caught my attention from the beginning all the way to the very end. Joyce brings the reader into the realm of realism, from family history, personal apprehensions, his somewhat inadvertant role as a helicopter pilot during the heat of battle, his impressions of soldiers and his humanity toward the enemy which brings chills to the reader. Meanwhile, just when I least expected, I found myself belly laughing his wit. This book is a must for anyone who enjoys true-to-lie accounts of how it was in the air trenches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age 22 May 2003
By Lee Shelton - Published on Amazon.com
Pucker Factor 10 was a very enjoyable journey as the author turns "of age". It flows extremely well, and has a good balance of humor and sobriety, peppered with perspective. It, of course, will resonate with the Vietnam era helicopter pilots but with those who served in any capacity in the Vietnam War---as well as those who didn't. It is entertaining, in a "Mash" sort of way.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to U.S. helicopter warfare in South-Vietnam 9 Jan 2007
By Stéphane Gamet - Published on Amazon.com
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Should you consider reading only one book about the U.S. helicopter pilots in South-Vietnam that bravely fought almost 40 years ago, then, "Pucker Factor 10" is the best choice.

Mr. James Joyce there flew the two most used types: "slicks" and "gunships" thus covering two major aspects of the tactical helicopter warfare successfully used in SEA. This is what this book tells you.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 15 May 2006
By M. Mady - Published on Amazon.com
I had to choose a war memoir for a term paper this semester in my english class...and I was very happy that I chose to read Pucker Factor 10. The book is very enlightening, and an interesting read. I found myself always WANTING to read more. James Joyce is a wonderful writer and he reveals emotions and specifics of war that you dont even realize. I highly suggest this book to everyone. I normally dont read memoirs like this but after reading his I want to read more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ratings from a woman 8 Feb 2007
By canadian lady - Published on Amazon.com
As a woman reader I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I learned so much in this book, about flying, Vietnam, rats (UGH) I knew it was hard over there but didn't really realize some of the hardships till I read this book. The author's writing is very easy to understand, you don't need a dictionary beside you, and the humour was great. You got some really good laughs and some sadness also. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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