- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Company (April 14, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786415576
- ISBN-13: 978-0786415571
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pucker Factor 10: Memoir of A U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam
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About the Author
James Joyce is the author of Pucker Factor 10: Memoir of a U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam and has written numerous articles for newspapers such as the Durango Herald and the Chicago Tribune. He is CEO of Green Mountain International, a global purveyor of polyurethane construction products, and lives in Waynesville, North Carolina.
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In any case, Joyce's book is cram packed with anecdotal flying info, engaging, often terrifying accounts of close calls and enemy interaction. The writing is taut, the voice is consistent, and the author writes with a kind of panache that sets him apart from similar writers. His style has a kind of snark to it that makes the reader feel we're being given something in confidence.
A flew minor glitches in the book that a good edit would have uncovered: the term 'autorotation' is one word, not two; Vung Tau & Cam Ranh are misspelled; lots of words run together (likethis); he refers to Warrant grade 5. Not sure when this reference was made, but that grade level came along very recently, around 1995 or so, I believe.
Pucker Factor 10 is as good a rendition of what flying helicopters in Vietnam was really like. I recommend it to anyone who wants the real, gritty and unvarnished truth of that.
Byron Edgington author of A Vietnam Anthem. A Vietnam Anthem: What The War Gave Me
Mr Joyce does a wonderful job with this well-told story and offers the reader an in-depth look at the everyday life of these flying warriors, which isn't, by the way, a nine to five job. The book follows Mr. Joyce from the first day he volunteers to fly planes in college, through his fixed wing flight training and later reassignment to a helicopter squadron, and then during his tour in Vietnam. The author also has a fantastic sense of humor that sometimes catches you off-guard and will make you laugh out loud. After reading Pucker Factor 10, I have bumped up these pilots a couple of notches on my high esteem list. I also have a much better understanding of what these sky warriors had to endure in order to survive...sadly, many did not!
Five stars and highly recommended!
John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel