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Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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"Extremely interesting and readable... Hard to put down at times, considering the unique and extraordinary perspective of an American female combat aviator... This country owes many thanks to her for her service." (New York Journal of Books)
"Danger Close is absolutely fantastic. This is one of the most exciting and inspirational books I have read in years! Men and women alike will love this incredible tale of heroism, humility, and high-octane feats of bravery. Danger Close is the real deal!"
(Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent)
"Danger Close is a riveting and intensely personal account of a woman who spent nearly a third of her life at war. Amber Smith goes beyond detailing the experience of women in the military and takes the reader into the cockpit with her to explore the vivid and harrowing world of being a combat helicopter pilot. Amber is one hell of a Soldier and an American hero on every level." (Sean Parnell, New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon)
"A unique viewpoint of combat helicopter operations, and as a female pilot, Smith offers a valuable perspective." (Booklist)
"Covers each mission with edge-of-your-seat detail and a coolness that demonstrates how she gained the respect of fellow pilots and soldiers on the ground... A rare outlook in a field of wartime memoirs, Smith's account is a must-read." (Library Journal)
"The captivating story of one woman's fight to serve her country in the direct line of danger. Amber Smith shows readers the true meaning of patriotism and how to survive under extreme pressure. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you won't want to put it down." (Dana Perino, New York Times bestselling author of And The Good News Is..., Former White House Press Secretary, and co-host of Fox News' The Five)
"An epic memoir... What really makes Danger Close remarkable has less to do with the fact that it was written by a woman, and more to do with the fact that it’s the first major post-9/11 war memoir written by a Kiowa pilot. Smith flew hundreds of combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan... The Kiowa was the most-used aircraft in the Global War on Terror. Dozens of Kiowa pilots never made it back home alive. Their story is an indispensable thread in the narrative of those conflicts." (Task & Purpose)
"Danger Close is a fantastic view into the world of combat helicopter pilots as seen through the eyes of a successful and proven US Army female combat helicopter pilot. It is an exciting ride through training and combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I laughed at the antics only found in military training and operations and cried at the anguish experienced through combat loss. As a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, I and my team called in airstrikes from pilots across all services, including from some amazing women pilots. Amber Smith proves she is one of these pilots and that she has what it takes as an American warrior. Danger Close gives tremendous insight into the sacrifice our American men and women make every day for Freedom across the globe. Most importantly, Amber sets the example for all young women who aspire to serve our nation’s armed forces and I encourage any young woman looking to join the military to read this book."
(LT Jason Redman, Retired Navy SEAL, author of The Trident)
“While the debate goes on about the role of women in combat, Amber Smith’s Danger Close reminds us that pilots are pilots and the American warrior ethos is alive and well, regardless of what restroom you use. When my squad was under fire in Iraq, the buzz of Kiowa rotors was our lifeline. The simple truth is that many children have fathers today because of the daring close support of Amber Smith and her elite colleagues. I am proud to be a part of an Army that produces pilots like Amber, who are unapologetic about the pure fury they unleash on a deserving enemy.” (David Bellavia, author of House to House)
About the Author
Amber Smith is a former U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot and air mission commander who flew two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She frequently appears on national TV and radio networks, analyzing national security, military operations, foreign policy, politics, veterans’ affairs, and women’s issues. Her articles have been widely published in Forbes, The Washington Examiner, Aviation Week, and other publications. Smith has traveled across the nation to tell her inspirational story and to speak to military and corporate audiences, veterans organizations, at grassroots events, and on Capitol Hill. She lives in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit OfficialAmberSmith.com.
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Well Done and highly recommended. Her descriptions brought me right back to the sand box.
Reading it also gave me a big kick in the butt for not working on my heli pilot license :) Thanks Amber!
What I did not like about this book is what a lot of these books have in common. They are too short. WO2 Smith puts in some great flying stories and stories on dealing with the Army mentality/ other Army persons. She could have gone more in detail about about them. If you look at the Vietnam pilots and their books are much longer and more detail about every thing that went on. WO2 Smith could have written more about her post Army life and how she is dealing with life out side the military.