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""Flying Through Midnight" is a no-holds-barred account of the secret air war over Laos. John Halliday paints a compelling cockpit view of the action, but he also immerses his readers in layer upon layer of sensations and emotions associated with those dangerous nighttime missions. He takes us on a hell of a ride!" -- Col. Tom Yarborough, author of "Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Combat in Vietnam" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
The author is an unsuspecting transport pilot who is posted out to Thailand, assuming he'll be flying safe 'airline' style missions inside Thailand rather than Vietnam. When he gets to his new assignment, he finds out to his surprise that he will actually be flying combat missions as a Forward Air Controller in the secret war inside Laos. Flying an outdated transport aircraft he is quickly given command as he is given unofficial (and highly illegal) training on how to survive, rather than fly to the rulebook.
The book covers many of his incidents but a large portion of it focusses on one particular event in incredible detail, which I found impossible to stop reading. I still find it incredible that he survived with his crew and there are a few interviews scattered around the internet with the author backing up what happened.
The only downside I found with my paperback was a total lack of photos or illustrations and particularly given the complex nature of what happened to him, a little map or diagram would have helped. As it is though, this doesn't spoil things and a quick google of the location brought up some good photos etc.
If you have any interest in aviation, Vietnam or just want a rip-roaring read, buy this...but Caveat Emptor....you won't put it down till you finish !
Just be warned the last third of the book just rolls like an out of control freight train and you will become completely unsociable until you have finished.
What a story ! Amazing job Mr Haliday.
Griping from beginning to end.
I love this approach. It is new and fresh and reminds me a little of Tony Soprano trying to deal with his role as a mafia boss through the meetings with a psychiatrist. This though is a true account of an american pilot dealing with a mission he was unable to talk about, a plane that was totally inadequate for the task and a crew full of beaurocrats living by the book that led to frustration and anger because he was unable to deal with people who could not think or reason for themselves.
A masterful and truly awe inspiring read that puts one's own life into a perspective. I find I am now analysing myself!!
The actual facts of the book are filled with boys own stuff that left me white knuckled and sweating. I could not put this book down until I had finished it and I am now finding I want to re-read it straight away.
What must be realised here is that no matter how long ago the conflict finished we are still getting some fantastic accounts from people that were there. Long may this continue. All these heroes have the right to put their accounts into print and we should all read them and admire their courage.
A really good book, well written. Deserves a film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stinks of BS unfortunately, I found myself wondering if the poor guy was suffering from some kind of illness. All the best to the author but not a convincing book in any way.Published 15 months ago by mr j d street
I have read this three times, as it a book that you simply cannot put down. One of the most enjoyable books to cover a tiny portion of the South East Asia conflict.Published on 10 Dec. 2013 by Robert Archer
Is a really good and surprising book, that shows the difficulty he went through, and how good a pilot he is. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2011 by cal
Very good book. So pleased the author managed to get the book published. A credit to the author and all those involved.Published on 16 Sept. 2011 by andyindeuk
The first two thirds of this book were a very good read; however, towards the end it became increasingly difficult to believe, and one of the first things I did after finishing the... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2011 by Amazon Customer
A good read showing the clandestine side of activities in Vietnam.
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