Historical Military Fiction – Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder - Wings of War Book OneRolling Thunder
An Historical Novel of War and Politics
Wings of War Series, Book One
By Mark Berent
Publisher: Putnam Bros.
ASIN: B0019LNUVA
Pages: 416
Genre: Historical Fiction, Military Fiction, Vietnam, Airwar

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.

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.

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STEEL TIGER - Wings of Was Series, Book TwoSTEEL TIGER
ASIN: B001HN5J7S
Pages: 450

Five months after we left them in Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger brings back USAF Major Court Bannister, Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Lochert, and USAF First Lieutenant Toby Parker, now scattered to their new posts: Bannister in Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Wolf Lochert at Lang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, carrying out covert operations in Laos, and Toby Parker, in the pilot training program at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. Soon their diverse paths will lead all three men back to Vietnam for a second tour of duty — in the very heart of the conflict.

PHANTOM LEADER - Wings of War Series, Book ThreePHANTOM LEADER
ASIN: B001HN5L80
Pages: 448

In Phantom Leader (May 9, 1991) Berent, himself a highly decorated Air Force Pilot, once again captures the intensity of the most controversial war in modern history. Phantom Leader shows readers exactly what it was like to be a pilot caught between the immediate reality of death and the distant decisions of Washington.

EAGLE STATION - Wings of War Series Book FourEAGLE STATION
ASIN: B001HSNB6E
Pages: 396

In Eagle Station (June 8, 1992) the newest installment in his Vietnam War series, Berent puts on the heat and raises the stakes, creating his most electrifying tale of war to date. Beginning with a hair-raising cliff side helicopter rescue under heavy fire, and racing toward a climactic ground battle played out in the dark of night, engaging top secret USAF first special operations gun ships, Eagle Station is filled with adventure and acts of daring, woven into a compelling and powerful plot.

STORM FLIGHTSTORM FLIGHT
ASIN: B001G0M9Z2
Pages: 383

Storm Flight, (Book Five of Five) the intense conclusion to his saga, the action is touched off by a daring raid on the Son Tay prisoner-of-war camp that reveals some startling information. With American prisoners in terrible jeopardy and crucial national secrets in danger of being discovered, the characters we have met in Berent’s earlier books are put to the ultimate test. They must call upon all their skill, leadership, guts, and strength to complete their missions.

As always, Berent highlights his knowledge of little known facts about the war, and his keen insight into the minds of members of the fighting forces. In one exhilarating sequence, Parker and his instructor pilot Ken Tanaka each shoot down two MiGs in the course of one fight, involving four MiGs and an unarmed transport. Despite the chewing out that they receive later from their superior officer, the two fighter pilots refuse to shoot down the transport. Ironically, that decision was the one that saved the life of one of their strongest critics, Jane Fonda, who had once called fighter pilots “professional killers.” (This incident is based on a true story.) Parker later makes “ace,” a title given to the rare fighter pilot who shoots down five MiGs.

About the Author:

Rolling Thunder Author Mark Berent
Mark Berent is admirably suited to have written his historical fiction five-book Vietnam Wings of War series for he lived each story. He served four years and one day in the Vietnam War during the period from November 1965 until August 1973.

When asked why he kept going back, he replied: “A lot of reasons; because it was there, because I wanted a MiG, because when the threat goes up the paperwork goes down and the weinies run for cover, but mostly because the guys were still fighting. Everyday I’d pick up a paper and find another buddy KIA, MIA, or POW. I just couldn’t stay on the beach.”

Now he writes about these men. He has five books in print and Ebooks; Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger, Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, and Storm Flight. Although historical fiction, the books are about the men and women who gave everything they had in a war they weren’t allowed to win. FAC pilots, Phantom crews, Thud, Hun, and Buff crews, gunship pilots and gunners, green berets, grunts, carrier jocks, MAC contract stews, boomers and tankers, from corporals to colonels; the whole nine yards about the day-to-day heroism and heroes we all know and loved . . . and some we hated. By way of contrast, LBJ in the Oval Office and McNamara in the Pentagon E Ring are included and the words they spoke as they picked strike targets over lunch are included in great detail, yes indeed. As are those of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden.

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Military/Political Fiction – Chosen: Commander in Chief

Chosen Commander In ChiefChosen: Commander in Chief
By Judith Galloway
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 978-0692458297
ASIN: B01784L1QC
Pages: 153
Genre: Military Fiction, Political Fiction

The Republican Party is looking for a presidential candidate who will capture the public’s imagination.

Enter Brigadier General Rachel Ryland, USAF, retired currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Appointed to her husband s senate seat after he is killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Senator Ryland is a thirty year veteran with extensive experience in foreign relations and strategic planning.

When asked to run for president, will she accept? If she runs, can she win? How does her military experience make her uniquely qualified to be commander-in-chief at this time in U.S. history?

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Chosen Commander in Chief AuthorAbout the Author:
Judith Galloway is a Retired Air Force Officer. As the first woman on the staff of the Commandant of Cadets she served as a military studies instructor and as Chief of the Special Planning Staff for the Admission of Women. Galloway was also the first woman to complete the Basic Freefall Parachuting course. She served as a management analyst and contract administrator for the U.S. Navy after medical retirement.

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Military Fiction – Across the Pond

Across the PondAcross the Pond
By Michael McCormick
Publisher: Vantage Press
Originally Published: 1994
ISBN: 978-0533105793
Pages: 42
Genre: Military Fiction

Across The Pond by Michael McCormick is the story of a young American who fights in the Vietnam War for his country, only to be rejected when he comes home. The author based the book on his experience as a U.S. Marine who served in combat.

Praise for Across the Pond:
“This little book grips the reader from the beginning and does not let go. It is written with the violence and fury of Leon Uris’s Battle Cry, and the tenderness and compassion of a simple poet….  It is a poignant reminder that many of the stories of that war are yet to be told. I believe it will be recognized as one of the important books to come out of that war and McCormick will rank with the other writers of his generation, equaling their intensity, integrity, and impact….With an emotional intensity that is sometimes overwhelming, Across the Pond is a short, violent, extremely powerful forty-two-page ride through hell that you will never forget.” –  Ron Kovic, Author of Born on the 4th of July

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About the Author:
Across the Pond AuthorCharles Michael McCormick grew up in Ohio, USA, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star Medal for combat action during the Vietnam War. After the war, he earned his B.A. in psychology and his M.A. in clinical psychology. He now lives in Oakland, California.

 

 

 

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Benghazi and Beyond

Benghazi and BeyondBenghazi and Beyond
By Dennis Mansfield & Ryan Pacheco
Publisher: Endurance Press
ISBN:
ASIN: B00JPFP7OA
Published: April 2014
Pages: 324
Genre: Military Thriller

Isaac Jones is a Major in the US Army assigned to a Ranger Battalion. He’s approached with a simple question, “If you could do something about the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the murder of four American citizens on September 11, 2012, would you?”

After agreeing to take on the task he finds it’s just the beginning of his nation calling on his services to protect the homeland. Including a new threat from North Korea and someone with a grudge against former President Ronald Reagan putting many lives around the world in danger.

“Benghazi and Beyond” takes our hero all over the globe including Iran, North Korea, South Korea, Germany, England, Hungary, Grenada, and other exotic locations.

Get lost with Isaac Jones in this action filled political thriller by Dennis Mansfield and Ryan Pacheco.

About the Authors:

Ryan Pacheco works in law enforcement in the North West. He has a passion for writing and is a fan political thrillers.  He is married and has three children and two grandchildren.  This is his first of what he hopes to be many adventures in writing.

Dennis Mansfield is a passionate man of progress. As a business coach, author and speaker, Dennis has been honored to touch many lives. He lives in Boise, ID with his bride, Susan.

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The Kushmaker by Kenneth Anesko

The Kushmaker

By Kenneth AneskoThe Kushmaker
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 978-1466964310
ASIN: B00BASZWUE
Published: August 2013
Pages: 330
Genre: Military, Navy, Humor

Bored but resourceful sailors are all but stranded on an obscure South Pacific island with no means of recreation except for what they invent on their own – an illegal still, hidden saloon and bordello, etc. There is drinking, scheming and romance and a lingering feud between the ship’s captain and his superior, a pompous admiral. And what does the Kushmaker have up his sleeve? What is he hiding? It’s a fun story with no moral or messages. Anyone who enjoys humor will like this book.

About the Author:
Kenneth Anesko is a navy veteran who served 31/2 years during the Korean War with 2 1/2 years aboard a Destroyer in the Atlantic Sixth Fleet. Using the G.I. Bill, he earned a degree in Accounting from the U. of Scranton, Scranton, Pa. He is currently retired and resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa.

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