When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra: I read them over the last week. They're like stepping into a time machine; while the authorial voice is the guy you knew from his blog -- and should be, he wrote the first one not all that long before starting it -- it's still, somehow, a much younger guy talking, from an earlier time.
The two books recount his two tours in Southeast Asia (some years apart), flying sorties over North Vietnam; and they're about dealing with fear, dealing with the addictive exhilaration of doing the job, day after day, and making it back. They are memoirs, not novels; some threads start and are never returned to. They capture the scene with compelling clarity.
Fighter pilots are a specialized breed and these two books give you a view of them you'd never get in real life unless you were one. Highly recommended. Available as both book-type books and for the Kindle. Get them via the Amazon link at Tam's.
2 weeks ago