"Johnson's description of flying the venerable Huey 'to the limit' and sometimes beyond is indeed riveting."
". . . .an absorbing book. Whether or not you served in the military or ever flew in a helicopter, it will grab you and hold your attention."
"A riveting, well-written book that puts the reader right there in the cockpit. . . . To the Limit is worthy of its own screen rendition. What makes [it] such a credible work is that it is not just blood and guts. Johnson writes with passion and earnestness regarding these character-building episodes that helped define him. . . . The only whining you will hear is the powerful engine of the Huey that Tom Johnson describes so vividly that you can almost feel the ground shake."
“ ‘I am touching my first dead person and unfortunately I know him. . . .’ When you strap into a Huey with Tom Johnson, you’re in for the real thing. To the Limitis a first-person journey into the grit, grimness, and chaos of war, told by a helicopter hero in a way that nails the feel, the mood, and the talk of Air Cavalrymen in battle. No one has previously captured the Vietnam helicopter experience with such gripping authenticity.”
“This is the real thing: helicopter combat at its birth. No wonder Army helo drivers were among the most decorated aviators of the Vietnam War. Tom Johnson truly shows us what the rank-and-file Huey crews experienced.”
“Always leery of superlatives in book reviews, I feel compelled to use them in describing Tom Johnson’s To the Limit. It is an intense, compelling, gut-wrenching narrative—by far the best account of helicopter warfare I have read.”
A nineteen-year-old learns to master a helicopterand his courageduring intensely dangerous and innovative air assault missions
A seat-of-the-pants Vietnam War helicopter-flying adventure in the tradition of Robert Mason's bestselling Chickenhawk
Highlights such key actions of the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968 as the Song Re Valley, Hue, Khe Sanh, the Tet Offensive, and the A Shau ValleySee all Editorial Reviews
As close to factual as possible. I served in II Corp, South Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 as a Huey (Slick) pilot and actually experienced a lot of the situations Tom has written in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sww
Well written with good imagery and great detail. The author does a good job of transmitting how it felt to be therePublished 1 month ago by MusicFan
Great story poorly told. The author has problems with the English language...words are so frequently misused, or ever-so-slightly off-the-mark that it soon becomes too much effort... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henry Porter
I have read hundreds of books on the war in SE Asia, and this ranked right up there in the top 5 or 10. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Davis
A really good read. Honest and interesting. Puts you in the cockpit of an Air Cav Huey. I flew out of a bad situation in a Huey in 'Nam and appreciate those who fly them even more... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig Lowrey
Excellent book. I wasn't a Cav pilot, but I flew O-1 Birddogs in Vietnam my first tour and UH-1 Slicks my second tour. The author's stories were very close to my stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grover Barnes
Tom Johnson experienced high adventure while flying helicopters in Vietnam. However, like my adventures in Nam, it was all a waste.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
One of the best written accounts of the helicopter war in Vietnam I've read. It also brought back memories since I was at the exact same place at the exact same time as the author... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ertingstrom
Fantastic book on what being a chopper pilot in Vietnam was like 67-68. The writing is exceptional and absorbing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mike6