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Harry's War [Kindle Edition]

Ed Benjamin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This SHORT fiction tale (15,000 words) deals with an epic air battle over Iraq between Iranian Air Force Su-27 Flanker aircraft and United States Air Force F-15C Eagles in the skies over Iraq. The author has divided this book into three basic parts: first, the prelude to this spine-tingling fighter clash, second, the nail biting air battle itself and third, the aftermath. These three parts constitute the war experienced by Harry Miles, ace fighter pilot. Which will prevail, the F-15C Eagle fighter or the Su-27 Flanker? What is the real war?

Product Details

  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00794LZTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As I turned off my Kindle, finished with Harry's War, I couldn't help but think about what our guardians in the sky must think and go through. Harry's War is a well-written, insightful description of how our fighter pilot warriors think, and the challenges they face when they come back down to earth.

Benjamin writes for a living, so it is no surprise that Harry's War is well-written. What is a surprise is how the story follows Harry through his evolution as a person, and I was heartened to see how the author transformed the notion of war from one meaning to another (I won't give the game away here). I am guessing Benjamin has some first-hand experience with this, which made the story not only believable, but meaningful as well.

No book is perfect, right? I do wish Harry's War had more dialogue, to make it more personal. I kept finding myself wondering what kind of person Harry was. Does he have a sense of humor? What is his his favorite drink? What kind of women is he attracted to? Of course, that would turn Benjamin's novella into a novel, which would defeat the purpose of the format, and is why I didn't reduce my rating to a 4-star. Bottom line, Harry's War is a strong foundation for a more robust novel. I would like to see more from Benjamin and read about Harry up-close-and-personal!

With that minor criticism out of the way, where Benjamin excels is not just the descriptions of the military systems, hardware and weapons, that's all very cool, but he does a masterful job in dissecting Harry's psychology. He helps the reader understand what drives his main chracter, develops his strengths and weaknesses and analyzes how Harry's background affected his trajectory in life and where he lands. This alone makes Harry's War worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's War April 30, 2012
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I have read a lot of books on our american experiences in war and peace. This is a very good and quick read about operations in the F-15. Having been in aviation for over 40 years as a flier, maintenance, leadership and participant since Vietnam I found this to be interesting and realistic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 25, 2012
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Without a doubt, not only was the research intense but it's obvious the writer was a participant in some way with the events and situations of the time. Wished the story had been longer. Looking forward for more of the same from this writer and possibly a short bio. Guido
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Harry's War" Review February 23, 2012
By Frank
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Excellent novel. Good technical knowledge of SU-27 and F-15C Aircraft, and good insight to "fighter jock" mentality! I was left wanting more, and am looking forward to Harry Miles's next adventure as a civilian Private Eye.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Of It's Kind! July 4, 2014
By David
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This story was an action packed sequence of a fighter pilot that fought in 'The War in Iraq.' I was brought in touch with some of the struggles that these soldiers had to face and now have a deep respect for what they have to endure.

This story, although a short story, was perfectly written and gave me a thrill of a lifetime. I was very pleased by the author's depiction of what this event could have been like; I felt like I was there.

I would strongly recommend this for those that are curious to know what it was like over the skies of Iraq and just want an amazing adventure/ thriller to read also.

This is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! April 28, 2013
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Immediately, what really drew me into this book was the detail in each scene. The well-ordered background of the protagonist, Harry Miles, really grabs you and makes you feel that you're not reading something written by someone who's spent no time in the very complex arena of true battle.

It doesn't take long before this story has Harry in the middle of a crazy dogfight with five Su-27 Flanker fighter planes in the Iraqi skies. Harry is flying an F-15, which is the inferior craft of the two, but he is the superior pilot, and his skills are pushed to the limit in this life or death battle. The dogfight scene here entertained me better than any other Air Force driven novel I have ever read. You will not be able to stop reading this book.

But then things change. Morphing seamlessly into a new scene, a second war unfolds, which is equally as hash as the one Harry fought in the skies. Heartfelt emotion is now on the table in these closing chapters, as Harry has to deal with demons from his past and fight for his survival in a new and very different future--one that he eventually embraces, and this leaves the reader with a full sense of absolute satisfaction.

This book is not a Top Gun BS story. This is the real deal. And if you're looking for real entertainment from a flyboy's perspective, then Harry's War is a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engrossing and informative read February 22, 2014
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I bought this book for my husband as he is ex-military and loves planes. I started leafing through it and found it very interesting.
This is a nicely short read and gives a good amount of information. Even though I am not knowledgeable regarding planes, the author made the story easy to follow and also engrossing.

The focus of this story is the planes but I felt I was able to connect with the characters. They didn’t outshine the planes by any means but instead the two complemented each other quite well. It gave e insight regarding fighter planes and also the mindset that a fighter pilot must maintain.

I think the author delivered an engaging read that kept me reading start to finish. Definitely recommend this read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars F-15 dogfight over Iraq.
F-15 dogfight over Iraq. Strictly for the boys. Strongly recommend for grades 7-12 with its themes of courage and battling adversity. Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. Rodeck
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Again!
If the words Aviation; Bogies; Sidewinders and Iraq get your attention, then Harry's War would be a good way to spend your time. This book is full of action and knowledge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebekah Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Story
Although I typically don't read war style stories, this was by far not what I expected. The air combat scenes were by far the most exciting scenes in the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Action Sequences and an Engaging Storyline!
I’ve always been a fan of well written war stories and this particular book really took me for a ride. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marc88
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction
This is a great book (or story, its a pretty short read), and its really well researched. Its pretty clear that the author has a good understanding of military "lingo". Read more
Published 1 month ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!!
This was a very fun and exciting book to read. I am a huge fan of military aircrafts and thrilling war tales. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great historical fiction, also really realistic. You really get into the head's of the pilots and its a short read too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KirkCameronSlayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop, military action - a great short story!
“Harry’s War” was a brief moment in Iraq and a thousand days in the private life of one man. Harry Miles is a talented Air Force Fighter Pilot flying F-15 Eagle’s On Combat Air... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Heather G
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Realistic Military Novel
I've only read a few military novels and only a smaller few have ever been able to capture my attention without boring me with military linguistics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paris Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Read ! I Loved It!
Well, I picked this book, but couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the very beginning. The characters & story line were are superbly written, and this book had me on the edge of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frank
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Ed Benjamin, after being born in Oklahoma City, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama; York, Alabama, and Greensboro, North Carolina (such was the life of being the son of a traveling salesman). Ed attended college at Saint Andrews Presbyterian college in Laurinburg, North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelors Degree. He joined the United States Air Force in 1963 and served his country for 27 years and 4 months. While in the Air Force, Ed worked with procurement officials for about 10 years helping acquisition teams evaluate and procure major Air force systems, such as the F-15 fighter, the B-1 bomber, the B-2 bomber, and other major systems. While in the Air Force, he earned his Masters Degree in Political Science from auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama as well as attending major Air Force schools such as the Squadron Officers School, the United States Air Force Command and Staff College, and the United States Air Force War College.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1990, Ed has served as a consultant to industry and small business helping them to obtain business with international, federal, state and local governments. He is a recognized expert in the art and science of preparing proposals which help win government contracts. His proposals have won over 25 contracts in the past 19 years (19 of them major contracts). The current dollar value of the contracts he helped his clients win totals over $14 billion.

He is still active as a proposal writer and proposal manager.

His book, "Cash In on the Obama $3 Trillion Spending Plan!: How to make large amounts of money by conducting business with or receiving grants from federal, state, and local governments" is one of Amazon's best sellers.

His latest fiction story, "Harry's War", is fast becoming another amazon best-seller.

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