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Flying Through Midnight (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) Preloaded Digital Audio Player – 1 Apr 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Publisher: Findaway World (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615741569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615741564
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 14 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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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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.
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First of all I should start by saying that when this book gets going, (which doesn't take long)it is an absolutely rip-roaring, continual page-turning, nail-biting, midnight-hour passing.....masterpiece !

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 !
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This has to be one of the best if not the best Vietnam era aviation book I have ever read (of many). It is a mixture of commentary on the craziness of the military system (shades of Catch 22), crazy characters doing crazy things (shades of MASH), philosophy - (Zen and the Art of Combat Flying), and some of the most riveting descriptions of combat flying ever. It really does put you in the pilot seat on hair raising Forward Air Controller missions over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos - a place where there were no US combat forces according to Richard (Tricky Dicky) Nixon. Really worth reading.
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If you are looking for an absolute page turner that will make to laugh and cry then this is for you.
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.
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Every so often a book comes along that you really just can not put down; FTM is one of those books. This book is up there with the very best memoirs that I have ever read, in fact it is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Griping from beginning to end.
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I thought I had read all there was to read on the Vietnam war and then this book came into my life. Straight into my top ten on par with Ripcord, Low level hell and Chickenhawk. This is a pilot's fight with inner demons that attack him and warp his mind during and after the conflict. We, the reader are able to analyse his mind. He writes as if we are the phsychiatrst making assessments of his ability to deal with situations that no-one should have to be in.
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.
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