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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 where he has severe alcohol problems and nearly washes out. 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.
Having given up his astronaut's slot stateside, Court Bannister teams up with Major "Flak" Apple fighting enemy aircraft in the skies and politics on the ground.
Wolf Lochert, thrown into the infamous Long Binh Jail for murder, makes a contract who puts him on the trail of a weapons smuggling ring and leads him to a figure high in the American chain of command.
Toby Parker, still reeling from the trauma of his first tour of duty, pulls himself into shape, only to meet a danger for which he cannot prepare.
Berent introduces a memorable new character, Vladimir Chernov, a Soviet fighter pilot in Hanoi, who may or may not be the real enemy. Here, Berent provides keen insight into the Hanoi air defense system that blasted over 1300 U.S. airplanes out of the air.
As a harassed Lyndon Johnson fires his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, the Chiefs of Staff stop just short of mass resignation, and General Whitey Whisenand once again goes to Vietnam to dig out the truth.
I briefed Commander 7th AF and his General Staff daily in 1967, September 18, 2014
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I loved this book!!! I was a US Air Force Captain stationed at Tan Son Nhut AB from September 1966 to September 1967. I was an Air Force Photo Intelligence Officer. I briefed the Commanding General of 7th Air Force (Lt. General William Momeyer) and his General Staff twice each day on the latest photo intelligence taken each day over North Vietnam.
The information in the first two books of this series is Spot On!!
The information about how the war was run is also spot on. I know, as I saw it first hand while working with the Generals of 7th Air Force. Can't wait to read the next books.
Essential reading for pilots who were there and others- heroes indeed!
By Janette V. Fieldon February 22, 2015
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The second book in the series is as good as the first. Berent follows the heroes of Rolling Thunder in their second tours in Vietnam. The author does not pull any punches in regard to the political machinations existent that prevented the pilots doing their job and were the cause of high casualties taken. I bought extra copies for pilot friends as I did not want to give up my own.
By Robert Van Buren "Robert Charles van Buren"on January 13, 2015
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This is both outstanding history & good fiction. It covers the incredibly venal & foolish actons of Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, & company as well as the plight of the thousands of young Americans caught up in their machinations. Most of the action concentrates on the activities of the air & Special Forces campaigns. I've known many men of the Special Forces & Rangers who served in SE Asia. This story rings true.
By Leigh Lofgrenon November 6, 2014
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This was a terrific book and the second in the series. I was born in Sydney and grew up in Australia and when the Vietnam war was going on, I was in my early teens. It was a very difficult period in time, we heard horror stories and were all in shock at how the vets were treated on their way home from this war. Also the fact that the news media at the time seemed so against the Americans being involved. I found both these books amazing and couldn't put them down - I now understand why it was so screwed up in many ways and both Johnson and McNamarra were horrific during this time and were responsible for the utter chaos and death of Americans and others. Could not put it down and now ordering the third. I am a US citizen and have been for over 20yrs, love this country and these books give an insight that only someone who had been there could give. We have a lot of vets and military personnel here where we live, many of them served in Vietnam and now have an even bigger respect for what they were up against.
Eyes wide open!
By Mordecaion October 16, 2014
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When I was 11, my father was in the USAF and stationed at Takhli RTAB, Thailand. I remember hearing all of the college students protesting, returning GI's getting spit at and called nasty names. I was taking THEIR side talking about how wrong the war was..........until now. After reading the first two books in the series, I understand. LBJ was afraid to fight the war because he didn't want to involve the Russians or Chinese. But, THEY WERE ALREADY INVOLVED. If we would have been allowed to fight the war from the theatre of combat, things may have been different. If you have any doubts, read the books from someone that was there.