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Chickenhawk Paperback – March 29, 2005
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["Chickenhawk"]as vertical plunge into the thickets of madness will stun readers. ("Time") Masonas gripping memoir ... proves again that reality is more interesting, and often more terrifying, than fiction. ("Los Angeles Times") Very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam. ("St. Louis Post-Dispatch")
["Chickenhawk"] s vertical plunge into the thickets of madness will stun readers. ("Time") Mason s gripping memoir ... proves again that reality is more interesting, and often more terrifying, than fiction. ("Los Angeles Times") Very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam. ("St. Louis Post-Dispatch")
["Chickenhawk"]'s vertical plunge into the thickets of madness will stun readers. ("Time") Mason's gripping memoir ... proves again that reality is more interesting, and often more terrifying, than fiction. ("Los Angeles Times") Very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam. ("St. Louis Post-Dispatch")
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I have had the unfortunate luck, of evacuating wounded soldiers, from a war which is still controversial in my country, but I never faced the kind of situations that Mason discribes in the book, and I have always wandered how they did it, knowing that every morning and evry mission could spell sudden death, from the enemy, or worse, by your commander's stupidity.
I think it's a book about bravery, about how these helicopter pilots in Vietnam were willing to risk their lives every day for their fellow soldiers. I believe that flying into combat, surviving it, seeing what might happen if it wasn't your lucky day, then doing it again and again and again, takes a special kind of character. Character shown by Mason.
I have read many war books, some about Vietnam, some not. My country is (unfortunately) filled with veterans, including my entire family (my father was also a pilot and my brother was in the special forces, we've all been through combat). I think this book is special in the way it touches you intimately, making you feel, just as if you were hearing the story from the author in person.
This is not about victory or defeat, this is about something else, and to know what this thing is you must read the book and look inside to see the impact it has on you.
Like Bob, I got into the Army Warrant Officer Helicopter Flight Program after high school in 1967. I was a typical wobbly-one, long on enthusiasm for flying, short on brains, experience, maturity, character, morals, and wisdom. Hey, I was only nineteen! But I sure liked to fly, especially choppers, especially Bell Helicopter's masterpiece, the UH-1 `Huey.' Bob was just coming home from Vietnam the year before I enlisted. He was one of the pioneers of the airmobile concept, assigned to the 1st Cav and traveling to Vietnam by boat with the unit's choppers lashed to the deck. I was appalled at the initial treatment he and the other warrant officers received once they arrived in country. They had to dig their own bunkers. Warrant officers are `supposed' to be officers, rating the respect and privileges of commissioned officers. Actually the commissioned officers used to joke that a warrant officer was just a spec-four with a club card. Still I had to admit that when a unit is freshly arrived in a combat zone, getting shelter up quickly is essential, and I would hate to have been killed in a mortar attack that night because I was too proud to fill sand bags that day.Read more ›
The Kirkus Review makes it sound as though this book is dull, and belittles the significance of Mason's incarceration and his description of the way Chickenhawk was recieved by the public. Personally, I thought Mason's imprisonment was conveyed in a style reminiscent of Henri Charrier's Papillon, another of my favorites.
The point is, it is impossible to fully understand or appreciate Chickenhawk as a description of the Vietnam Experience without reading this book. If you liked Chickenhawk, this is a must-read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this in hard cover I excavated from my parent's bookshelf. An old favourite, I usually read this & Snake Pilot together. Read morePublished 2 days ago by William N. Sargent
Needs not be said again. My butt felt right back in a bird. All the thrills, no spills for me.Published 7 days ago by A Crowell
This book is great! My father was a pilot in Vietnam, also. After reading this comprehensive book, I feel like I can fly a helicopter.Published 1 month ago by Christine Rohde
I met Bob 32 yrs ago, but I moved and haven't had a chance to get in touch with him since. I had an autographed book by him but managed to lose it along life's highway. Read morePublished 1 month ago by john hirst
Captivating story of a tour about 1st Cav and the "horses" they road to battle. Many of us still scratch our heads about why we were there.Published 1 month ago by Pilgrim
Opens your eyes to the stress and damage that is done to a soldiers mental health.Published 1 month ago by Don Reis
He tells his story as a humble helicopter pilot, and by the end it is clear that he was a true bad-ass.
Well done writing and story telling!! Read more