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unusual and complex aviation memoir
on 17 July 2010
John Halliday has written a sensitive and thoughtful account of his time flying clandestine missions over Laos during the Vietnam War. The book is unusual in that it succeeds in delivering a mix of factual first person account from the pilot's perspective with a narrative with the reader of how the system in place in Vietnam undermined the morale of the guys in the squadron and the effect it had on him over time. In some strange way, it reminded me of Ernest Gann's classic "Fate is the hunter" because of the writing style perhaps.
This is my first Amazon review, although I'm a voracious reader of aviation literature, and I think the reason why I'm writing this review is because I think you could overlook this book for other more well known titles. But don't, because if you are a pilot, or fan of military memoirs, this book is worthy of a place on your bookshelf.
postscript - Having gone over to the Amazon.com site to read reviews from the U.S., it appears that several people who served in that area around the same time as the author pour considerable scorn on the accuracy of his account. However, I'll keep my review as is and trust the author has had the integrity to tell the truth. I just wanted to add a little balance to my review.