"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 Limit
is 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.”
From the Publisher
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 Valley