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Hamfist Over The Trail: The Air Combat Adventures of Hamilton "Hamfist" Hancock (The Adventures of Hamilton "Hamfist" Hancock Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

G. E. Nolly
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Gold Medal Winner in Global eBook Awards!

Now with a Glossary of Terms!

It’s 1968. Hamilton Hancock is the Distinguished Graduate at his Undergraduate Pilot Training class at Laughlin Air Force Base. He is on the fast track to become a fighter pilot, slated to fly an F-100, F-105 or F-4 in Vietnam. Then, the “needs of the service” intervenes, and he is assigned to fly one of the smallest, slowest aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the O-2A.

Hamilton becomes a Forward Air Controller (FAC) in Vietnam, based at DaNang Air Base, and picks up the nickname “Hamfist”. While Hamfist flies in air combat over the Ho Chi Minh Trail and battles an enemy gunner with a deadly record, on the ground he must also battle his inner fears and personal demons.

When he repeatedly loses friends shortly after reconnecting with them, Hamfist becomes convinced there is a “Hamfist curse”. He becomes a virtual hermit, and tries to avoid interacting with his friends. Then he receives a letter that devastates him.

Just when his personal life reaches its lowest point, Hamfist goes to Tokyo on R&R and meets his soul mate. They had lost an opportunity to meet six years earlier, and now Fate has given them another chance. Hamfist returns from R&R with a renewed sense of optimism.

His life is taking a turn for the better. But first he must make it through his Vietnam duty unscathed.

Inspired by actual events.

This novel is the first book in the Hamfist Trilogy. The combat action continues in the sequel, "Hamfist Down!".

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About the Author

George Nolly served as a pilot in the United States Air Force, flying 315 combat missions on two successive tours of duty in Vietnam, flying O-2A and F-4 aircraft. In 1983, George received Tactical Air Command Instructor of the Year Award for his service as an instructor in the Air Force Forward Air Controller course. Following his Air Force duty, he hired on with United Airlines and rose to the position of B-777 Check Captain. He also served as a Federal Flight Deck Officer. Following his retirement from United, George accepted a position as a B-777 Captain with Jet airways, operating throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2000, George was selected as a Champion in the Body-for-LIFE Transformation Challenge, and is a Certified Fitness Trainer and self-defense expert with more than 30 years’ experience in combative arts. George received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Air Force Academy and received a Master of Science Degree, in Systems Management, from the University of Southern California. He completed all of the required studies for a second Master of Science Degree, in Education, at the University of Southern California, and received his Doctor of Business Administration Degree, specializing in Homeland Security, from Northcentral University. He now flight instructs in the B777 and B787.

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  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0975436236
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MB4RPI
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstand Reading August 2, 2012
By JMW
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This is a must read for aviators of that era and informative for those who were not. Enjoyable and I am looking forward to future adventures of Hamfist. Kudos to Mr. Nolly!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a reunion for those who were there. May 31, 2013
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Might not appeal to those who weren't, unless they want to know what the day to day tour of duty was like. It was the contract air flights to your duty station, being a young "butter bar" lieutenant given responsibility for millions of dollars of buildings/equipment and/or the lives of men 5 or 6 years younger than yourself. They gave you a field manual detailing your job and you just did it. The service "lingo". The 27 cents breakfasts. The R & R to Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand with friends. The Typhoons. USO shows and Red Cross. The dirty little jobs it takes to run the big green machine. The nine men behind supporting every man with boots on the ground. Oriental hot baths & massages. Exotic foods, people, festivals and customs. Very little of this massive war effort involved combat for most of us. There were more injuries from accidents & illness than from combat. Not exactly the way it is portrayed in the movies. That's why I like this book. Because of the reality of moments of terror, when you earned your pay ($222/month, no wife, no horse & no mustache), with days, weeks and months of boredom. The pulling together to overcome the "down time" with 25 cents/fifth rum, parties, guitar sing a longs, bowling leagues, softball games, old 3rd rate B&W movies and making reel to reel tapes. Nikon cameras, sekio watches, Akai tape decks Kikoman soy sauce and ramen noodles were things anybody who was there knew about, before it was in "the world" (USA) . We all left a friend or two there and came home to indifference or hate. Made us wonder why we were there. WE WERE ALL LEFT HANGING. "That's life" F. Sinatra. Most of us found closure 20 to 25 years later. Some never found it. It just, was what it was and Nolly tells you what it was in "Hamfist" . Ham is probably a composite of the stories of many of us, as it seems unlikely that much can happen to one guy in one tour. Thanks for the memories Nolly. Many I haven't thought about in years.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book to read! August 1, 2012
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Each chapter brings back vivid memories of our lives as they were then. The SEA flying business is well portrayed, - informative, accurate and exciting; the book is easy and fun to read. George is a talented writer who brings the story to life. It was over before I was ready for the book to end, and I am looking forward to more adventures with "Hamfist" Hamilton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Abrupt ending March 9, 2013
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A great read. As a Marine pilot in RVN the areas were very familiar as were the weapon systems that were used against us. I was surprised by the technique used to lead the reader to the next book. I would prefer a more traditional ending -- would still get the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid 4 1/2 stars for this one. September 30, 2013
By POIA
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This review is going to be short and sweet, as I just finished this book (#1 in a trilogy/series) and I can't wait to start book two! Seriously, this book is one hell of a way to start off; and if the other two are in the same league as this one, I'll be one happy camper. Written in first-person narrative, this "book one" introduces the characters and familiarizes the reader with Viet Nam in 1968-9...not a particularly good time to visit. The protagonist, Hamilton "Hamfist" Hancock, is a believable, likable guy who is serving honorably with the Air Force at DeNang. He pilots a small twin engine plane, the O-2A, and is an FAC, forward air controller, a guy who puts his ass on the line to locate targets and coordinate the attacks on those targets from the air. These pilots flew low and slow and were vulnerable to even small arms fire on occasion. I'm not giving you more of an overview of this book because there is no need; other reviewers and the description have done that for me. Let it suffice to say that if you want a tight, belivable portrayal of day-to-day life in a free fire zone in Viet Nam, it doesn't get much better than this. Although the description clearly let's you know, I'm gonna spell it out for you...this is not a stand alone book, unless you like books with no closure. Got it? Good!

Okay, my job is done. I hope you read this one...I'm off to start book two. Wa-hooooo!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story April 24, 2013
By big l
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very well written and lots of action. the author either was in the air force or had some good knowledgable scorces. it would have been good to know that it was a continued story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would have appreciated some more closure February 28, 2013
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Enjoyed the Book, but didn't like the open ended ending. An interesting read, but somewhat incomplete.
So do I have to purchase each chapter at a time, as they are completed?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was An Interesting Read January 11, 2013
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The book was a "bird's eye view" of what a Vietnam era pilot went through. It was Ok, but not a book I would want to read again. The ending leaves you hanging, which I really don't like, forcing you to buy the next book to find out what happens. My feelings on this, is each book should have its own story and let the reader decide to continue the series if they like the authors style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars G. E. Nolly Hits A Home Run
I was introduced to the writings or G. E. Nolly after reading a newspaper article about him in my local newspaper (Parker, CO). Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ron in Colorado
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling accounts that put you in the flight deck!
Great insights into the dangers and objectives of the air war in Viet Nam. This is a well written first person account!
Published 1 month ago by David Dunson
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining page turner about Viet Nam pilots.
Interesting series about a Viet Nam era pilot's evolution from spotter to fighter. It has been a little while since I read the 3, but after reading the first I was anxious to read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mickey M. Kolodny
2.0 out of 5 stars If I'ld known I had to buy 2 or 3 ...
If I'ld known I had to buy 2 or 3 more books to finish the story, I wouldn't have bought it in the first place! What a rip off!
Published 1 month ago by C. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay for a quick summer read. I ...
It was okay for a quick summer read. I do, however, detest authors who write books as episodes; begging you to buy the next one to continue.
Published 1 month ago by Marfab21
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Detailed Air Combat Novel
Straightforward crisp writing. Written by someone who obviously understands and has experienced combat flying. Nolly's style of writing is somewhat like Steinbeck's - no fluff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Everitt W. Mace
4.0 out of 5 stars War, Romance and History all in one book
Very realistic with a good overall story line.
Published 2 months ago by Edward J.Lisbony
5.0 out of 5 stars Like you were there!
The story drew me in and wouldn't let me go.

Although I'm glad I wasn't in Vietnam, it it felt like I was there with Hamfist. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
Very swift moving story (unlike the OV-2!), interesting characters, and descriptive 'travelogue' through both history and 'The East. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheri Power
1.0 out of 5 stars REad a biography instead
The man was probably there. He probably has good stories to tell. Sadly, he can't tell them well. Go and find a real biography from someone who can write it well.
Published 3 months ago by Jill McCaw
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George Nolly served as a pilot in the United States Air Force, flying 315 combat missions on two successive tours of duty in Vietnam, earning 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 24 Air Medals, flying O-2A and F-4 aircraft. He was the last Air Force pilot to complete 100 missions over North Vietnam. While in the Air Force, George received the Tactical Air Command Instructor Pilot of the Year Award.
Following his Air Force duty, he hired on with United Airlines and rose to the position of B-777 Check Captain. He also served as a Federal Flight Deck Officer. After his retirement from United, George accepted a position as a B-777 Captain with Jet Airways, operating throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
In 2000, George was selected as a Champion in the Body-for-LIFE Transformation Challenge in 2000, and is a Certified Fitness Trainer and self-defense expert with more than 30 years' experience in combative arts.
George received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Air Force Academy and received a Master of Science Degree, in Systems Management, from the University of Southern California. He completed all of the required studies for a second Master of Science Degree, in Education, at the University of Southern California, and received his Doctor of Business Administration Degree, specializing in Homeland Security, from Northcentral University.
He now flight instructs in the B777 and B787.


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