Book 1, Wings of War - Wings of War, no. 1
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Rolling Thunder is an historical novel about the decisive role politics played during the Vietnam War. Its characters range from men in the field to the Pentagon and the White House. Fighter pilots and Special Forces warriors try to do their best but are hampered by President Johnson, Secretary of Defense McNamara, and their staff members who despise the military. Only one aging USAF general, who fought in Korea and WWII, is on their side. His clashes with his Commander in Chief, Lyndon Johnson, are epic in proportion and startling in content.
In Rolling Thunder, the time is late 1965 and 1966 in war zone places such as Saigon, Hanoi, Bien Hoa, Da Nang, and Tahkli. While back in Washington, LBJ sits over lunch and personally picks bombing targets in an attempt to fight a limited war. In Vietnam the war knows no limits.
There, as the hostilities escalate, the fates of three men intertwine: USAF Captain Court Bannister, overshadowed by a famous movie star father who fought in WWII as a B-17 gunner, driven to confront missiles, MiGs, and nerve-grinding bombing raids in order to prove his worth to his comrades -- and to himself...Air Force First Lieutenant Toby Parker, fresh from the States, who hooks up with an intelligence unit for a lark, and quickly finds his innocence buried away by the lessons of war...and Special Forces Colonel Wolf Lochert, who ventures deep into the jungle to rescue a downed pilot -- only to discover a face of the enemy for which he is unprepared.
Four airline stewardesses, who fly the civilian MAC contract flights that bring American soldiers to and from the war zone in Vietnam, have difficult love affairs with G.I.s and fighter pilots. After one flight they come under attack while on an airbase in Vietnam.
Young American G.I.s are cursed and taunted as they return to the United States.
Through their eyes, and those of many others -- pilots, soldiers, lovers, enemy agents, commanders, politicians, profiteers -- Rolling Thunder shows us Vietnam as few other books have, or can. Berent captures all the intensity and drama of that searing war, and more, penetrates to the heart and soul of those who fought it. Rolling Thunder rings with authenticity
From Publishers Weekly
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A must read for veterans. I served a year, 1968, with EB-66s, and this story captures the essence, heroism and tragedy of the Vietnam war.
A reminder to us all
Thank you for a great book that reminds us of the sacrifice of so many. God Bless our Vets. This should be required reading for all seeking the Oval Office.
I enjoyed Rolling Thunder immensely. My time in Vietnam Nam was aboard the USS America CVA 66, on Yankee Station. I spent much of my free time topside watching the planes being launched and recovered from missions I wished to be flying myself. Reading this book took me back to those heady days when we all lived as close to the edge as possible. I could almost smell the fumes of full throttle launches. Great story!
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Nov 25, 2009
- Publisher: Mark Berent
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 614 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Wings of War