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STEEL TIGER: An Historical Novel of War and Politics (Wings of War Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

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Five months after we left them in Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger brings back USAF Major Court Bannister, Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Lochert, and USAF First Lieutenant Toby Parker, now scattered to their new posts: Bannister in Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Wolf Lochert at Lang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, carrying out covert operations in Laos, and Toby Parker, in the pilot training program at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. Soon their diverse paths will lead all three men back to Vietnam for a second tour of duty -- in the very heart of the conflict.

Having given up his astronaut's slot stateside, Court Bannister teams up with Major "Flak" Apple fighting enemy aircraft in the skies and politics on the ground. Wolf Lochert, thrown into the infamous Long Binh Jail for murder, makes a contract who puts him on the trail of a weapons smuggling ring and leads him to a figure high in the American chain of command. Toby Parker, still reeling from the trauma of his first tour of duty, pulls himself into shape, only to meet a danger for which he cannot prepare. And, Berent introduces a memorable new character, Vladimir Chernov, a Soviet fighter pilot in Hanoi, who may or may not be the real enemy. Here, Berent provides keen insight into the Hanoi air defense system that blasted over 1300 U.S. Airplanes out of the air.

As a harassed Lyndon Johnson fires his Secretary of Defense, the Chiefs of Staff stop just short of mass resignation, and General Whitey Whisenand once again goes to Vietnam to dig out the truth.

It is the second of the five-book Rolling Thunder series. Next are Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, and Storm Flight
"Berent maintains the high quality of the series with sharp detail and fast action," says Kirkus Reviews. Drawn from the experiences and imagination of one who was there, Steel Tiger captures the intensity of the most controversial war in modern history.

"A taut, exciting tale of good men in a bad war. Berent is the real thing." --- Tom Clancy

" A decorated Vietnam pilot, Mark Berent knows planes and men and battle, and he whirls them around in a story of uncommon strength." W.E.B Griffin

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2764 KB
    • Print Length: 450 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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    Mark Berent is admirably suited to have written his historical fiction five-book Vietnam airwar series for he lived each story. He served four years and one day in the Vietnam War during the period from November 1965 until August 1973.

    As a captain he flew 265 missions in the F-100 in 1966 from Bien Hoa Air Base in South Vietnam. While off duty he flew with FACs in their 0-1 aircraft to better understand the war. He also spent much time with the Special Forces III Corps Mike Force including going on patrol with them in the Loc Ninh area. (Berent had earned his jump wings with the 10th SFG, Bad Tolz, Germany.)

    His next tour was as a major flying F-4Ds out of Ubon Air Base in Thailand. He flew over 200 missions, first as a flight commander in the Night Owl Squadron then as commander of the famous Wolf FACs. Both units flew over North Vietnam and all of Laos. Berent spent hundreds of hours over the Ho Chi Minh Trail both as a night strike pilot and as a fast FAC controlling strikes against guns and trucks he found on the Trail.

    As a lieutenant colonel he served from from July 1971 to August 1973 first as assistant air attaché then as air attaché in the US Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While there, besides flying hundreds of hours in the U 10 and C 47 gathering vital intelligence, he also logged time with the Khmer (Cambodian) Air Force in their T-28, 0-1, UH-1, and AC-47 aircraft. Additionally, he spent much time with Khmer ground forces teaching them to use air power. He earned Cambodian pilot and jump wings while there. In January 1973 when the war was over in Vietnam for US forces, all of the massive air power resources were made available for use in Cambodia until August 15th when the last mission was flown. Due to a fluke in timing, Berent and his team ran the air war in Cambodia from a most unusual place.

    When asked why he kept going back, he replied: "A lot of reasons; because it was there, because I wanted a MiG, because when the threat goes up the paperwork goes down and the weinies run for cover, but mostly because the guys were still fighting. Everyday I'd pick up a paper and find another buddy KIA, MIA, or POW. I just couldn't stay on the beach."

    Now he writes about these men. He has five books in print; Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger, Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, and Storm Flight. Although historical fiction, the books are about the men and women who gave everything they had in a war they weren't allowed to win. FAC pilots, Phantom crews, Thud, Hun, and Buff crews, gunship pilots and gunners, green berets, grunts, carrier jocks, MAC contract stews, boomers and tankers, from corporals to colonels; the whole nine yards about the day-to-day heroism and heros we all know and loved . . . and some we hated. By way of contrast, LBJ in the Oval Office and McNamara in the Pentagon E Ring are included and the words they spoke as they picked strike targets over lunch are included in great detail, yes indeed. As are those of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden.

    Berent's books have won critical acclaim from Chuck Yeager, Dale Brown, WEB Griffin, Steve Koontz, and numerous newspaper and magazine critics.

    Over the years Berent has published numerous articles for such publications as Air Force Magazine, the Washington Times, and numerous defense journals, and has been the tech advisor on a TV combat series.
    For years he flew his T-6 at airshows as well as interviewing aviation luminaries at the Pavilion each year during the Oshkosh airshow.

    In 2012 he was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. Berent now resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Flak jacket's on! 26 Aug. 2013
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    'Steel Tiger' pick's up where 'Rolling Thunder' left off and what a sequel it was. The author puts you right into the cockpit and takes off and leaves you to turn the pages without realising the clock has turned past the midnight hour as the non stop action unfolds.

    This is a no holds barred account of action told from the air and the slopes of the jungle in war torn Asia in the '60's. The action is there, the politics get involved and the human spirit gets pushed beyond belief.

    The author has expertly taken his writing experience and taken me on 'tour' into this conflict with this book and left me downloading the next sequel 'Phantom Operator' to see what happens next. 'Steel Tiger' didn't disappoint and you definitely felt like it was your turn to get your very own 'check' ride in the cockpit! Excellent read.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of very fast action. 12 Oct. 2014
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    I'm really enjoying these books. Full of action firmly based in the reality of the times, the series also offers an interesting insight into the political landscape that shaped and sadly ended so many lives. It's in the cockpit of the F4 Phantom that the best action takes place, written with such detail I can taste the raw oxygen pumping into my face mask. I'll be buying the next book in the series later today - arm her up and strap me in!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK 14 Jun. 2013
    By Chris
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    Another excellent book by Mark Berrent. Well written, good story, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Vietnam war or flying/air force books.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars sequel to rolling thunder 17 Jun. 2013
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    continuation of the 3 hero's from rolliing thunder, very readable, and keeps you glued to the pages, am looking forward to the next in the series
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    5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 27 Sept. 2014
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    Loving this series of books, the only problem with e-books though is it is not easy to refer back to data or photo's once you have seen them.
    The story line is a very good one and you easily get drawn into the lives of the characters. Anybody interested in aviation/ military life will enjoy this book.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Follows ON 20 Mar. 2014
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    Continues the story from Rolling Thunder and is not a let-down as many sequels are.
    I have bought the next three books in the series but have not started reading them yet.
    Anyone who is interested in war in the air in modern times should read this series by an author who tells it as it was.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Mike W
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    As with Rolling Thunder the author gives an insight into war in the air in a factual manner as only a participant could, Mark Berent is doing an excellent job in portraying the hero's and villains along with the atrocities of war
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 22 Feb. 2014
    By rockape
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    I bought this book expecting a book about fact in Vietnam, however it was a novel but I could not put it down. So much so I bought the other four books in the series which follow on from each other. I really enjoyed reading them.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    As with the whole series by Mark Berent this book is highly engrossing definately recommended
    Published 3 days ago by Mr. Dennis Mccone
    3.0 out of 5 stars Tally-Ho
    This is well written and the reader is drawn into the story,painfully so at times.
    Published 1 month ago by Mr Stephen JMS
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read.
    Briliant book very well written and engaging to the end.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A great Nam series. Gives you a good insight into the war in the air. Gripping stuff.
    Published 5 months ago by AlexS
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A damm good read
    Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great read that gives another insight to history
    A great read that gives another insight to history, but is in it self a good novel. Detail within this story is fantastic. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Barnacle Broise
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read
    Published 11 months ago by hann
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good series of books.
    Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read.
    A great read for wannabe fighter pilots like me. You can almost feel the g force and gyrations of the Phantom under you, smell the jungle feel the vibrations from the O2.
    Published 14 months ago by Theiving Storeman
    5.0 out of 5 stars First read this in 1991 .. have no idea hhow many times since
    The entire series is just a great read, you feel for the guys on the frontline and as for McNamara and LB Johnson .. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Gixersan
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